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November 17, 2008 - November 23, 2008


The week was cold and dry. A series of bracing, Arctic-origin fronts sent the mercury to the lowest values since January 2008. There were public reports of snow flurries Tuesday in both Horry and Marion counties. On Wednesday morning, the minimum temperature dropped to 15 degrees at Lake Bowen and the maximum temperature at Longcreek only warmed to 39 degrees. A brief push of mild air spread into the northwest corner of the Upstate Thursday ahead of the week's second cold front. By midday Friday, north winds, gusting to 35 mph at Charleston, forced freezing air southward through South Carolina. A statewide freeze was observed Saturday morning. Edisto Beach reported 32 degrees. The Columbia AP set a date record 19 degree temperature. Most locations on Saturday recorded high temperatures in the 40's. Light winds and plentiful sunshine allowed temperatures Sunday afternoon to recover into the middle and upper 50's. The state average temperature for the period was thirteen degrees below normal.

The highest official temperature reported was 69 degrees at Walhalla on November 20. The lowest official temperature reported was 11 degrees at Cheraw on the morning of November 22. The state average rainfall for the period was 0.0 inches.


                       Weekly   Jan 1   Departure     
                        Total   Total   from Avg
         Greer           0.00   32.13    -13.4
      Columbia           0.00   38.09     -6.1
    Orangeburg           0.00   39.71     -4.5
 Charlotte, NC           0.00   37.35     -2.2
   Augusta, GA           0.00   36.54     -4.3
      Florence           0.00   47.17      6.5
N Myrtle Beach           0.00   46.44      4.9
    Charleston           0.00   45.15     -2.5
  Savannah, GA           0.00   44.53     -2.5   


Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.  


4-inch depth average soil temperature: Columbia 53degrees.


South Carolina river stages were below below normal. Ocean water temperatures at Springmaid Pier Myrtle Beach were reported at 58 degrees.

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