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November 13, 2017 - November 19, 2017


On Monday, November 13, a weakening cold front produced pre-dawn light rain and foggy conditions for the morning commute. Airports in Chester, Lancaster and York counties reported zero visibility in fog. Visibility at the Columbia Metro Airport dropped to a half mile under 200 foot ceilings. The airport also received 0.33 inches of pre-dawn rain. Skies cleared on Monday afternoon and temperatures rose to 68 degrees at the Orangeburg 2 COOP site.

Cool, dry Canadian high pressure moved over the state on Tuesday. Cedar Creek had a morning low temperature Tuesday of 34 degrees. Under clear skies temperatures rose to only 61 and 62 degrees at Columbia Metro and the Charleston Air Force Base, respectively. On Wednesday, the morning low temperature was recorded at 35 degrees at the Greenville- Spartanburg Airport. The Beaufort Marine Corps Air Station had the state's highest Wednesday temperature of 63 degrees.

On Thursday, November 16, a weak, dry, cold front dissipated over the state. Cedar Creek recorded another cold morning start of 29 degrees. The Columbia Metro Airport had a high temperature of 71 degrees on Thursday afternoon. Friday was another cool, clear day and the fourth consecutive day without any rain for the state as a ridge of high pressure dominated the state's weather.

High pressure shifted east on Saturday and produced a warm, southwest surface wind. The Charleston Air Force Base and the COOP site at Walterboro recorded Saturday afternoon high temperatures of 76 degrees. An overnight cold front produced 0.09 inches of rain at the Clemson-Oconee Airport Saturday night, and a 24-hour total of 0.22 inches reported Sunday morning at the Walhalla COOP site. Instruments on Sassafras Mountain recorded 30 mph sustained winds gusting to 45.6 mph early Sunday morning. On Sunday, airports in Columbia, Charleston, North Myrtle Beach and Florence all reported an afternoon high temperature of 67 degrees.

(Note: The highest and lowest official temperatures and highest precipitation totals provided below are based on observations from the National Weather Service Cooperative Observer network and the National Weather Service's Forecast Offices.)
The highest official temperature reported was 76 degrees at the Charleston Air Force Base on November 18.
The lowest official temperature reported was 28 degrees at Cedar Creek on November 15.
The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 0.83 inches at Jocassee during the 24-hr period ending at 7 AM on November 14.
The state average rainfall for the seven-day period was 0.9 inches.


  Weekly* Since Jan 1 Departure
Anderson Airport 0.01 49.11 10.3
Greer Airport 0.04 50.19 8.6
Charlotte, NC Airport 0.05 42.36 5.2
Columbia Metro Airport 0.33 43.89 3.6
Orangeburg Airport 0.03 36.24 -6.0
Augusta, GA Airport 0.06 40.83 1.8
Florence Airport 0.14 37.95 -0.9
North Myrtle Beach Airport 0.02 45.49 -1.9
Charleston Air Force Base 0.00 49.93 2.9
Savannah, GA Airport 0.00 49.97 5.8
*Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.                    


4-inch depth soil temperature: Clinton 54 degrees. Columbia 58 degrees. Barnwell 50 degrees. Mullins 40 degrees


Upstate river stages were below normal to much below normal.
Midlands and Pee Dee river stage were normal to below normal.
Lowcountry river stages were normal.


Charleston Harbor water temperature: 61 degrees.
Capers Nearshore Buoy (Station 41029): 63 degrees.

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