Sunny and mild conditions were observed on both Monday and Tuesday with afternoon high temperatures reaching 70 degrees. Red skies at sunrise on Wednesday morning signaled approaching stormy weather. A complex surface feature combining unstable warm air and a cold front helped to initiate rains and severe thunderstorms from the mountains to the coast. Columbia AP measured 1.76 inches of rain between 11:00 p.m. and midnight. High winds gusted to 53 mph at Charleston AP and a brief tornado was confirmed with a path between Manning and Turbeville at 1:19 a.m. Thursday. Rainfall amounts of one to two inches were common. Southwesterly winds up to 35 mph followed the exiting system. Clearing sunshine and seasonal temperatures returned on Friday and was enjoyed through the weekend. For the period, the state average temperature was one degree below normal.
The highest official temperature reported was 76 degrees at Andrews and Pritchardville on November 14. The lowest official temperature reported was 27 degrees at Cedar Creek on the morning of November 19. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 2.45 inches at Walhalla ending at 7:00 AM on November 16. The average statewide rainfall for the period was 1.2 inches.
PRECIPITATION AND TEMPERATURE DATA
Precipitation Weekly Jan 1 Deviation Total Total From Avg Greer 1.13 36.73 -8.3 Columbia 2.32 37.29 -6.5 Orangeburg 1.56 34.26 -9.4 Charlotte, NC 1.44 38.96 -0.2 Augusta, GA 1.59 34.49 -6.0 Florence 1.24 42.32 2.0 Myrtle Beach 1.31 47.44 6.3 Charleston 0.76 44.88 -2.4 Savannah, GA 0.84 30.81 -15.1 Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.
SOIL: 4-inch depth average soil temperature: Columbia 60 degrees.
RIVERS AND SURF: South Carolina river stages were near normal. Ocean water temperatures at Springmaid Pier Myrtle Beach were reported at 61 degrees.