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November 15, 2010 - November 21, 2010


Light rains began falling over the northwestern mountains early on Monday morning. The rainfall coverage increased into central South Carolina on Tuesday as low pressure, near the Gulf State's, traveled northeast ahead of an approaching cold front. During the 24-hours from Monday to Tuesday morning, Pickens measured 0.77 inches of rain. At 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Charleston reported 78 degrees with south winds of 29 mph, gusting to 43 mph. Southwest winds gusted to 47 mph at both the Rock Hill and Columbia Metro airports. A line of fast-moving thunderstorms passed through central counties late Tuesday night and Bishopville received rains totaling 0.83 inches. Keowee Dam received a Monday through Wednesday morning total of 1.21 inches in their rain gage. Sunny, clear skies were observed for most of Wednesday with a general cooling of afternoon temperatures by ten degrees. Frost returned for Thursday morning for locations well inland. Laurens, Saluda, Chester, Pelion and Bishopville all reported 32 degrees. Slow warming started the weekend. Barnwell, Cades and Witherbee recorded Saturday afternoon high temperatures of 75 degrees. On Sunday, the Clemson Sandhill Experiment Station near Columbia warmed to 78 degrees. The state average temperature for the seven-day period was two degrees above normal.

The highest official temperature reported was 79 degrees at Hardeeville on November 21. The lowest official temperature reported was 28 degrees at Chesnee on November 19. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 0.84 inches at Table Rock ending at 8:00 a.m. on November 16. The state average rainfall for the period was 0.2 inches.



                             Precipitation                                                     Weekly   Jan 1   Departure     
                        Total   Total   from Avg
         Greer           0.23   38.44     -6.9
      Anderson           0.32   35.10     -6.6
      Columbia           0.23   33.84    -10.2
    Orangeburg           0.15   37.91     -6.1
 Charlotte, NC           0.05   33.85     -5.5
   Augusta, GA           0.34   27.28    -13.4
      Florence           0.12   42.34      1.9
N Myrtle Beach           0.00   39.09     -2.2
    Charleston           0.00   54.83      7.4
  Savannah, GA           0.01   34.47    -11.6




Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.  


4-inch depth soil temperature: Columbia 61 degrees, Charleston 62 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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