On Monday, violent weather started the week as a strong cold front collided with warm, moist air. The National Weather Service confirmed tornadoes in both Simpsonville and Pomaria. Widespread damage from high winds were noted in counties in the upstate and eastward into the midlands. Lines of thunderstorms also produced heavy rainfalls. Slow clearing was observed on Wednesday while temperatures fell. By Thursday morning, sub-freezing temperatures were reported across the upstate with scattered frost over eastern sections. After a sunny Friday, rain returned for the weekend. Showers fell almost all day on Saturday with high temperatures, reminiscent of early winter, peaking in the 40's and 50's. Sunday ended the period with falling temperatures and cloudy, breezy conditions before gradual clearing late in the evening. The average statewide temperature for the period was near normal.
PRECIPITATION AND TEMPERATURE DATA
The highest temperature reported was 85 degrees at Beaufort on November 11. The lowest temperature was 28 degrees at Jocassee and Longcreek on the morning of November 14. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 2.02" at Batesburg ending at 7:00 a.m. on November 12. The average statewide rainfall for the period was 2.6."
Precipitation Period 2002 Deviation* Temperature Location Total Total From Avg. Maximum Minimum Greer 2.98 41.38 3.4B 72 34 Columbia 2.27 43.09 0.5B 75 34 Florence 2.55 34.32 5.8B 78 37 Charleston 2.99 55.85 8.7A 83 39 N Myrtle Beach 2.86 36.17 4.8B 74 37 Augusta, Ga. 3.39 36.49 3.8B 74 33 A=Above, B=Below
Note: Weekly rainfall amounts are for the 24-hour period ending midnight Sunday.
4 inch depth average soil temperature: Columbia 61 degrees.
RIVERS AND SURF
South Carolina river stages are near to below normal.
Surf temperatures at Myrtle Beach and Savannah will average around 62 degrees.