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November 11 - November 17, 2013


Holly Hill and Florence reached 65 degrees on Monday. Hartsville began Tuesday morning at 32 degrees. A rapidly moving cold front brought rare, wintry precipitation during the evening hours on Tuesday. Freezing air, funneling southeast, produced snow showers from York County south, through the Midlands and east into Horry County. North winds at the Charleston AP gusted to 47 mph. This was the state's earliest observed and measurable snow since November 12, 1968. On Wednesday morning, Lancaster, Edgemoor and McBee had each received one-half inch of white powder that coated elevated surfaces. Winnsboro and Chesterfield reported a "dusting." The McEntire ANG AP Tuesday high temperature of 72 degrees fell 44 degrees overnight to a sunrise temperature of 28 degrees. Clinton reported a 19-degree minimum on Wednesday morning. Arctic-sourced high pressure pushed the Greenwood Municipal AP barometric pressure sensor to a 9:56 a.m. value of 30.58 inches of mercury. Just before midnight, the Florence AP temperature moved to a date-record 25 degrees and the same occurred at N Myrtle Beach when the temperature fell to 27 degrees. More date-record cold was observed on Thursday morning. Columbia Metro AP recorded 23 degrees making that value the coldest November morning since 2008. The 22 degrees at Florence Regional AP also set a date-record and was the coldest temperature for so early in November since 1967. Rock Hill reported 22 degrees, Lake City was 23 degrees and a hard freeze was observed in Orangeburg with 25 degrees. The Beaufort Marine Corps Air Station recorded their first season's freeze at 32 degrees. At 4:00 p.m., a relative humidity value of just 19 percent was noted at Anderson, Sumter and Florence. A layer of clouds eased into the state on Friday. Afternoon temperatures of 62 degrees were reported for Johnston and Walterboro. Disorganized showers left light amounts of rain from the mountains to the beaches. Long Creek measured 0.22 inches while Newberry and Edisto Beach received 0.12 inches. Warming sunshine on Saturday helped Orangeburg and Kingstree reach 77 degrees. Dense fog on Sunday morning reduced visibilities to one-eighth of a mile at Columbia Metro AP. Mostly cloudy skies, mild temperatures and areas of moderate to light rain ended a full week of multi-seasonal weather. The state average temperature for the seven-day period was four degrees below the long-term average.

The highest official temperature reported was 80 degrees at Pinopolis on November 16. The lowest official temperature reported was 16 degrees at Pelion on November 14. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 0.67 inches at Greenville Downtown AP on November 17. The state average rainfall for the seven-day period was 0.2 inches.


                              Weekly   Jan 1   Departure   
        Anderson AP            0.22    56.62     18.1  
           Greer AP            0.70    59.59     18.3
   Charlotte, NC AP            0.40    39.77      2.8
  Columbia Metro AP            0.14    48.82      8.7
      Orangeburg AP            0.02    50.13      8.0
Augusta, GA Bush AP            0.01    47.72      8.9
        Florence AP            0.18    48.96     10.3
  N Myrtle Beach AP            0.05    45.05     -2.2
      Charleston AP            0.12    53.77      6.9
    Savannah, GA AP            0.11    50.34      6.4

Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.  


4-inch depth soil temperature: Columbia 62 degrees, Charleston 66 degrees.


South Carolina river stages were near to below normal. The Ocean water temperature at Springmaid Pier Myrtle Beach (last reported on Nov 16) was 59 degrees.

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