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November 18 - November 24, 2013


A late surge of warmth raced through the state on Monday. The 85-degree observation at Columbia Metro AP was a date record value. Orangeburg, McEntire ANG AP, Allendale and Charleston all reached 85 degrees. Much colder air arrived for Tuesday behind a shift in west winds to the north and northeast direction. At 1:00 p.m., Orangeburg and Columbia were twenty-two degrees colder than on Monday at the same time. Wednesday began with mostly clear skies. Anderson and Aiken reported afternoon high temperatures of 55 degrees. Thursday's cloudy weather and light rain affected the upper Savannah River basin into the mountains. N Myrtle Beach AP still managed to reach a mild 72 degrees on Thursday afternoon. Table Rock measured one of the heavier rainfalls with 0.45 inches for the 24-hours ending Friday morning. Milder air on Friday helped Walterboro warm to 77 degrees. Kingstree and Darlington reported 75 degrees. Widely spaced showers crossed the Midlands with a few amounts reported of around two-tenths of an inch. A cold front moved into the state on Saturday evening bringing dry and windy conditions for Sunday. It was back to a morning freeze of 31 degrees at Little Mountain, McCormick and Saluda. At 1:00 p.m., Florence Regional AP noted north winds at 17 mph gusting to 25 mph. The 2:00 p.m. observation at Columbia Metro AP recorded relative humidity at 14 percent. Sunday's sunshine was not enough to overcome the cold underneath arctic high pressure. Lake City's 44-degree high temperature was their coldest November afternoon since November 24, 2000. The state average temperature for the seven-day period was three degrees above the long-term average.

The highest official temperature reported was 86 degrees at Barnwell on November 23. The lowest official temperature reported was 19 degrees at Caesars Head on November 24. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 1.28 inches at Hunts Bridge ending at 7:00 a.m. on November 18. The state average rainfall for the seven-day period was 0.1 inches.


                              Weekly   Jan 1   Departure   
        Anderson AP            0.09    56.71     17.3  
           Greer AP            0.15    59.74     17.5
   Charlotte, NC AP            0.04    39.81      2.1
  Columbia Metro AP            0.14    48.96      8.2
      Orangeburg AP            0.03    50.16      7.4
Augusta, GA Bush AP            0.10    47.82      8.3
        Florence AP            0.12    49.08      9.7
  N Myrtle Beach AP            0.14    45.19     -2.8
      Charleston AP            0.01    53.78      6.4
    Savannah, GA AP            0.06    50.40      5.9

Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.


4-inch depth soil temperature: Columbia 57 degrees, Charleston 61 degrees.


South Carolina river stages were near to below normal. The ocean water temperature at Springmaid Pier Myrtle Beach was reported at 56 degrees.

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