Mild weather started the last week of November with eastern sites reporting afternoon high temperatures in the upper 60's and lower 70's. A frontal passage on Wednesday spread much cooler air across the state and on Thanksgiving Thursday early morning lows fell to freezing or below. Periods of clouds and brisk northwest winds limited afternoon temperatures to highs in the 40's and lower 50's. On Friday morning, temperatures fell into the teens across upstate counties. A slight warming was observed on Saturday as winds shifted to the southwest. More cold air dropped south on Sunday with gusting winds and temperatures only rising into the upper 40's and low 50's. The average statewide temperature for the period was four degrees below normal.
PRECIPITATION AND TEMPERATURE DATA
The highest temperature reported was 75 degrees at Beaufort on November 25. The lowest temperature was 18 degrees at Hunts Bridge, Lake Bowen, Chester and Chesterfield on the morning of November 29. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 0.00.” The average statewide rainfall for the period was 0.0."
Precipitation Period 2002 Deviation* Temperature Location Total Total From Avg. Maximum Minimum Greer 0.00 41.38 5.1B 66 24 Columbia 0.00 43.09 1.9B 68 24 Florence 0.00 34.32 7.1B 68 23 Charleston 0.00 55.87 7.5A 72 30 N Myrtle Beach 0.00 36.17 6.2B 69 27 Augusta, Ga. 0.00 36.49 5.0B 67 23 A=Above, B=Below
Note: Weekly rainfall amounts are for the 24-hour period ending midnight Sunday.
4 inch depth average soil temperature: Columbia 54 degrees.
RIVERS AND SURF
South Carolina river stages are near to below normal.
Surf temperatures at Myrtle Beach and Savannah will average around 55 degrees.