Isolated, light showers were observed early in the week. Afternoon high temperatures were 15 to 20 degrees above normal. A sharp cold front cleared the state late Wednesday with gusting northerly winds and falling temperatures. Hard overnight freezes followed for sites away from the coast. On Friday at 10:00 a.m., Rock Hill noted a barometric pressure of 30.44 inches. Milder temperatures paired with increasing clouds and passing rains late Saturday over eastern counties. A cyclonic feature developed Sunday near the Gulf Coast forcing a shield of wet weather northward. By Sunday evening, welcomed rains were falling over dry South Carolina grounds. For the period, the state average temperature was near normal.
The highest official temperature reported was 85 degrees at Orangeburg on November 16. The lowest official temperature reported was 19 degrees at Lake Bowen on the morning of November 18 and at Cedar Creek on the morning of November 19. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 0.80 inches at Caesars Head ending at 7:00 a.m. on November 16. The average statewide rainfall for the period was 0.4 inches.
PRECIPITATION AND TEMPERATURE DATA
Precipitation Weekly Jan 1 Deviation Total Total From Avg Greer 0.05 44.6 -0.6 Columbia 0.73 39.8 -4.1 Orangeburg 0.78 36.6 -7.3 Charlotte, NC 0.11 33.7 -5.6 Augusta, GA 0.41 42.0 1.5 Florence 0.59 37.2 -3.2 Myrtle Beach 0.12 38.2 -3.0 Charleston 0.42 40.0 -7.4 Savannah, GA 0.82 41.3 -4.7 Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.
SOIL: 4-inch depth average soil temperature: Columbia 62 degrees.
RIVERS AND SURF: South Carolina river stages were below normal. Surf temperatures at Myrtle Beach and Savannah will average around 62 degrees.