Snow flurries spilled over the southern Appalachian Mountains Monday morning and were observed at both Table Rock and Caesars Head. On Monday evening, a coastal cyclone began developing offshore near the Florida-Georgia border. By Tuesday morning, north winds were gusting to 44 mph along South Carolina's beach facing counties. At 7:00 a.m., Charleston reported snow with thunder, setting a record for their earliest date of observed snowfall. Lodge in Colleton County and Martin in Allendale County both measured one inch of the rare accumulating snowfall. The mixture of sleet and snow gradually changed to a cold, blowing rain event that continued into Wednesday. Rainfall amounts of between three and five inches caused roadway flooding in Chesterfield, Lancaster, Dillon, and Marlboro counties. Thanksgiving Thursday dawned with blue skies Upstate and a deck of clouds from the Midlands to the coast. Sunny, clear weather along with frosty mornings and mild seasonal afternoons were observed Friday through the holiday weekend. For the period, the state average temperature was three degrees below normal.
The highest official temperature reported was 72 degrees at Givhans on November 26. The lowest official temperature reported was 24 degrees at Caesars Head on the morning of November 24. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 5.40 inches at Pageland ending at 7:00 AM on November 22. The average statewide rainfall for the period was 1.8 inches.
PRECIPITATION AND TEMPERATURE DATA
Precipitation Weekly Jan 1 Deviation Total Total From Avg Greer 0.64 37.37 -8.5 Columbia 2.78 40.07 -4.4 Orangeburg 1.25 35.51 -9.0 Charlotte, NC 3.06 42.02 2.1 Augusta, GA 0.96 35.45 -5.6 Florence 2.16 44.48 3.6 Myrtle Beach 1.35 48.79 7.0 Charleston 2.06 46.96 -1.0 Savannah, GA 0.49 31.30 -15.2 Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.
SOIL: 4-inch depth average soil temperature: Columbia 58 degrees.
RIVERS AND SURF: South Carolina river stages were near to above normal. Ocean water temperatures at Springmaid Pier Myrtle Beach were reported at 59 degrees.