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November 16 - November 22, 2015


At 9:00 a.m. on Monday morning, the Newberry County AP recorded a barometric pressure value of 30.39 inches of mercury. Aiken, Columbia, Sumter, Florence, Myrtle Beach and Mt. Pleasant all noted "calm air" at 1:00 p.m. Johns Island made it to a mild 72 degrees. A mostly sunny Tuesday moved the temperature to 76 degrees at Charleston AP. More clouds arrived on Wednesday but east winds kept temperatures in the 70's. Shaw AFB and Orangeburg reached a "warm for the date" 78 degrees. The approach of a colder air mass overnight caused areas of heavy rain. At 3:00 a.m., heavy rain was reported at Greenville-Spartanburg AP, Aiken and Columbia. 7:00 a.m. measurements taken Thursday morning included 3.83 inches at Pageland (1.34 inches in 30 minutes), 3.08 inches in Winnsboro, 2.94 inches in McBee and 2.74 inches in Aiken. Ahead of the cold front, Summerville recorded a Thursday high temperature of 77 degrees. Rains ended west to east on Thursday, leaving Darlington with 1.70 inches and 1.65 inches in Dillon. The continuing episodes of soaking rains have brought most farm field operations to a halt. North to northeast winds on a sunny Friday kept afternoon temperatures in the seasonal 60's for all but the Lowcountry. The Walterboro AP (KRBW) and Beaufort AP (KARW) both recorded 72 degrees. Table Rock State Park reported 31 degrees on Saturday morning. Sandy Springs and Whitmire were close to freezing at 33 degrees. Prefrontal showers developed on Saturday with the heaviest amounts across the eastern Midlands into the Pee Dee. Florence AP measured rains of 0.83 inches and nearby Dillon received 0.60 inches. Sunday's cold front and clearing skies arrived for much of the afternoon hours. The 2:00 p.m. temperature at Greenville, Darlington and Myrtle Beach was a more January-like 54 degrees.

The highest official temperature reported was 79 degrees at the Kingstree and Summerville airports on November 18. The lowest official temperature reported was 25 degrees at the Walhalla Fish Hatchery (Jocassee 8WNW) on November 16. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 5.08 inches at the Walhalla Fish Hatchery (Jocassee 8WNW) ending at 7:00 a.m. on November 19. The state average rainfall for the seven-day period was 1.7 inches. The state average temperature for the seven-day period was four degrees above the long term average.


  Weekly Jan 1 Departure
Anderson AP 1.82 42.75 3.6
Greer AP 2.26 48.74 6.7
Charlotte, NC AP 1.47 39.16 1.7
Columbia Metro AP 2.27 57.13 16.5
Orangeburg AP 0.73 50.71 8.1
Augusta, GA Bush AP 2.05 40.47 1.1
Florence AP 2.11 *51.44 12.3
N Myrtle Beach AP 1.13 61.71 14.0
Charleston AP 0.46 71.75 24.5
Savannah, GA AP 0.57 44.25 -0.1

* Adusted for equipment failure; October 2015 flood.

Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.


4-inch depth soil temperature: Columbia 61 degrees, Charleston 63 degrees.


South Carolina river stages were near normal or in flood. The Charleston Harbor Ravenel Bridge reported a water temperature of 64 degrees. Springmaid Pier at Myrtle Beach reported a surf water temperature of 64 degrees.

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