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November 14, 2011 - November 20, 2011


A stretch of post-frost "Indian Summer" warmth was observed on Monday and lasting into Wednesday. Andrews, Barnwell, Pinopolis and Allendale recorded 81 degrees on Monday afternoon. Sandy Run, Bennettsville, Shaw AFB in Sumter and the Columbia Metro AP reached 81 degrees on Tuesday. Rain began falling late Tuesday night for parts of the Upstate and at 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday morning Anderson, Clemson and Greenville reported heavy rain. Columbia's 67-degree minimum temperature on Wednesday morning was 25 degrees above their long term average for the date. A mostly sunny Florence and Dillon registered an unseasonably warm Wednesday high temperature of 84 degrees. Stormy weather developed during the afternoon and early evening hours and turned violent for York County. An EF2 rated tornado caused 3 fatalities and moderate property damage 5 miles south of Rock Hill. National Weather Service radar indicated storms racing east at up to 55 mph. The Williamsburg County AP recorded a wind gust of 60 mph at 8:15 p.m. Gaffney and Gaston Shoals measured 1.73 inches of rain. The Keowee Dam rain gage noted a 24-hour rainfall of 1.41 inches while the nearby Jocassee Dam noted 1.33 inches. A sharp temperature boundary was observed Thursday as much colder air arrived. At 12 o'clock noon, the Rock Hill AP reported 51 degrees at the same time the Charleston AP was reporting 76 degrees. Sunrise temperatures at Dillon, Johnston and Hartsville fell to 27 degrees on Friday morning. At 9:53 a.m., instruments at the Hamilton-Owens AP in Columbia recorded a barometric pressure value of 30.53 inches of mercury. The high temperature at Beaufort only climbed to 56 degrees. Skies turned partly cloudy Saturday with occasional showers or drizzle moving northward into the state through Sunday. Breaks of sunshine helped Summerville and the Charleston AP end the week with a Sunday high temperature of 80 degrees. The state average temperature for the seven-day period was four degrees above normal.

The highest official temperature reported was 85 degrees at Cades on November 16. The lowest official temperature reported was 24 degrees at Table Rock, Walhalla and Chesnee on November 18. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 2.01 inches at Chesnee at 7:00 a.m. on November 17. The state average rainfall for the period was 0.5 inches.


                            Weekly   Jan 1   Departure     
                            Total    Total    from Avg
         Greer AP            1.54    39.95     -1.8
      Anderson AP            0.45    30.28     -8.7
      Columbia Metro AP      0.31    34.28     -6.1
    Orangeburg AP            0.60    34.74     -7.6
 Charlotte, NC AP            0.76    39.76      2.5
   Augusta, GA Bush AP       0.81    27.43    -11.7
      Florence AP            0.10    26.51    -12.5
N Myrtle Beach AP            0.45    31.17    -16.4
    Charleston AP            0.28    35.32    -11.8
  Savannah, GA AP            0.16    33.20    -11.0
Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.  


4-inch depth soil temperature: Columbia 61 degrees, Charleston 64 degrees.


South Carolina river stages were below normal. Ocean water temperatures at Springmaid Pier Myrtle Beach were reported at 61 degrees.

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