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November 12 - November 18, 2012


Monday's approach of a cold front produced areas of rain for the Upstate during the afternoon and overnight hours. Well ahead of the boundary, warming sunshine pushed the Monday afternoon high temperature to 80 degrees at Charleston, Florence and the Georgetown AP. On Tuesday morning, Caesars Head measured a 24-hour rainfall of 0.57 inches and the Greenville-Spartanburg AP measured 0.46 inches. Gray skies and passing showers were observed on Tuesday. The Crabtree Swamp gage indicated 0.70 inches of rain and McClellanville received 0.57 inches. Chilling northeast winds, beneath a cloud canopy, made for an unseasonably cold Wednesday. At noon, Greenwood, Florence and Charleston all reported 50 degrees. Early Thursday morning, a compact area of low pressure formed along a resting frontal boundary and brought thunderstorms to the Midlands. The Columbia Metro AP rainfall of 1.26 inches was that sites heaviest rainfall in eighty-four days. Greenwood and McCormick measured 1.60 inches. Darlington measured a soaking 1.31 inches and nearby Hartsville reported a welcomed 1.15 inches. Steady northeast winds along the coast elevated the year's highest "predicted" tides to flood waterfront streets and yards from the Charleston Peninsula north into Murrells Inlet and Garden City Beach. At 7:54 AM EST, the Springmaid Pier tide gage recorded a peak tide value of 8.26 feet above MLLW. The Thursday high temperature at Chester, Marion and Manning only made it to 46 degrees. Slow clearing began over western South Carolina on Friday. Sunny, cool and windy conditions were observed on Saturday. Cedar Creek started the day with a freezing 29 degrees and Clemson reached an afternoon high temperature of 62 degrees. For the second time in a week, another area of low pressure developed Sunday along the coast with periods of blowing rain. The Georgetown AP measured one of the heaviest totals with an even one-inch of rain. The Sunday high temperature at a cloudy and wet Lake City was a degree shy of 50 degrees. The mostly sunny towns of Calhoun Falls, Clinton and Laurens were near their seasonal normal high temperature of 63 degrees. The state average temperature for the period was two degrees below normal.

The highest official temperature reported was 82 degrees at Witherbee on November 12. The lowest official temperature reported was 26 degrees at Spartanburg on November 16. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 2.00 inches at Springfield ending at 7:00 a.m. on November 15. The state average rainfall for the period was 1.1 inches.


                           Weekly   Jan 1   Departure     
                            Total    Total    from Avg       
         Greer AP            0.77    33.05     -8.4
      Anderson AP            0.49    34.41     -4.3
      Columbia Metro AP      1.36    39.18     -1.0
    Orangeburg AP            1.35    38.20     -4.0
 Charlotte, NC AP            0.62    29.82     -7.2
   Augusta, GA Bush AP       0.85    31.21     -7.8
      Florence AP            1.48    37.36     -1.4
N Myrtle Beach AP            1.85    35.39    -11.9
    Charleston AP            1.46    40.11     -6.9
  Savannah, GA AP            0.33    38.27     -5.8
Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.  


4-inch depth soil temperature: Columbia 59 degrees, Charleston 59 degrees.


South Carolina river stages were below normal. Ocean water temperatures at Springmaid Pier Myrtle Beach were reported at 57 degrees.

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