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November 24, 2008 - November 30, 2008


Light showers were reported Monday night and were followed Tuesday by clear weather and west winds gusting to 33 mph at both Columbia and Orangeburg. A hard freeze was observed on Wednesday morning for all but the southern coastal counties. A mild and mostly sunny Thanksgiving Thursday started the holidays. Afternoon temperatures on Friday climbed to near 70 degrees throughout central South Carolina. During the evening hours, a nearly stationary west to east boundary became the path for areas of passing low pressure and soaking rains. On Saturday, steady rains fell from the Piedmont to the coast. The heaviest amounts came overnight into Sunday with several locations measuring over two inches. Barnwell received an event total of 3.32 inches from Friday through Sunday. Standing water was the result of saturated soils. Shaw AFB in Sumter County recorded a minimum barometric pressure value of 29.35 inches at 3:55 p.m. on Sunday afternoon just before conditions began improving. At November's end, Pelion had received 7.48 inches of rain while Hunts Bridge, located in Greenville County, only received 1.49 inches. The state average temperature for the period was four degrees below normal.

The highest official temperature reported was 74 degrees at Cades on November 28. The lowest official temperature reported was 12 degrees at Cheraw on the morning of November 26. The heaviest 24-hour rainfall reported was 2.54 inches at Springfield and Pelion ending at 7:00 a.m. on November 30. The state average rainfall for the period was 2.2 inches.


                       Weekly   Jan 1   Departure     
                        Total   Total   from Avg
         Greer           1.88   34.01    -12.4
      Columbia           2.79   40.88     -4.0
    Orangeburg           2.71   42.42     -2.5
 Charlotte, NC           1.64   38.99     -1.3
   Augusta, GA           3.16   39.70     -1.7
      Florence           1.95   49.12      7.8
N Myrtle Beach           1.63   48.07      5.8
    Charleston           1.82   46.97     -1.3
  Savannah, GA           2.21   46.74      0.0   


Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.  


4-inch depth average soil temperature: Columbia 55 degrees.


South Carolina river stages were near to below below normal. Ocean water temperatures at Springmaid Pier Myrtle Beach were reported at 59 degrees.

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