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WEEKLY SOUTH CAROLINA WEATHER 2016

November 14, 2016 - November 20, 2016

WEATHER SUMMARY:

A few isolated showers on Monday formed along a lifting boundary over portions of the northern Midlands, Pee Dee and northern coastal counties. A CoCoRaHS observer in Sumter measured 0.08 inches and 0.04 inches fell in Hartsville. Clearing skies from west to east followed the regional precipitation. At 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings, Greenville, McEntire ANG AP, Charleston and Beaufort all reported smoke from the Upstate's growing Pinnacle Mountain/Table Rock wildfires. High pressure meant more rain free days through the weekend. Afternoon temperatures reached a mild 71 degrees on Wednesday at Walhalla, Orangeburg and Beaufort. Barnwell, Johnston and McCormick all warmed to 76 degrees on Thursday's sunny, calm afternoon. At 3:03 p.m. on Friday, the Columbia Metro AP warmed to an afternoon high temperature of 79 degrees. A burning ban was expanded on Saturday to cover all of South Carolina. Saturday was sunny and mild ahead of a cold front and brisk winds. The Greenville Downtown AP measured west winds gusting to 39 mph and west winds gusted to 40 mph at the Columbia Metro AP. Reporting sites at Hilton Head Island, Charleston and Myrtle Beach all made it to an unseasonably warm 79 degrees ahead of the change. Overnight temperatures plummeted 50 degrees at Cedar Creek from a Saturday high of 74 to a Sunday low of 24 degrees. Barnwell and Cades observed a 49-degree fall and Rock Hill, Whitmire and McEntire ANG AP shared a 48-degree temperature fall. Freezing air moved south to Summerville and Walterboro. At 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, the Spartanburg AP noted clear skies, 52 degrees and 11 percent relative humidity. The N Myrtle Beach AP high temperature of just 58 degrees was more like a day in late February. At days end, the Pickens County fire had burned over 5,000 acres since its start and was described by the S.C. Forestry Commission as the county's largest on record.

The highest official temperature reported was 80 degrees at Greenville Downtown AP, Barnwell, Johnston and Orangeburg 2 on November 18. The lowest official temperature reported was 24 degrees at Table Rock, Fountain Inn and Cedar Creek on November 20. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 0.73 at inches Cheraw ending at 7:00 a.m. on November 15. The state average rainfall for the seven-day period was 0.0 inches. The state average temperature for the seven-day period was near the long-term average.

PRECIPITATION:

  Weekly Jan 1 Departure
Anderson AP 0.00 21.42 -17.5
Greer AP 0.00 29.86 -11.9
Charlotte, NC AP 0.00 29.81 -7.5
Columbia Metro AP 0.00 35.04 -5.4
Orangeburg AP* 0.01 40.82 -1.2
Augusta, GA Bush AP 0.00 33.25 -5.9
Florence AP 0.00 56.25 17.3
N Myrtle Beach AP 0.00 53.56 6.0
Charleston AP 0.00 54.85 7.7
Savannah, GA AP 0.00 50.96 6.8

*Orangeburg yearly total adjusted by NWS CAE

Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.

SOIL:

4-inch depth soil temperature: Clinton 55 degrees. Columbia 59 degrees. Barnwell 52 degrees. Mullins 51 degrees.

RIVERS AND SURF:

South Carolina river stages were near to below normal (coastal zones) and much below normal (Upstate). Charleston Harbor Custom House reported a water temperature of 62 degrees. Sunset Beach, NC Nearshore Buoy (NDBC 41024) reported a water temperature of 62 degrees.

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