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WEEKLY SOUTH CAROLINA WEATHER 2013

November 25 - December 1, 2013

WEATHER SUMMARY:

The thermometers at Cheraw and McEntire ANG AP indicated a Monday minimum temperature of 21 degrees. At 10:00 a.m., runway instruments at the Darlington County Jetport indicated a "crest" of high pressure reading of 30.61 inches of mercury. Partly sunny skies yielded little surface warming and the Greenville Municipal AP only recorded an afternoon maximum of 42 degrees. During the latest hour of the day, sleet began falling near Salem. Over-running moisture, associated with a feature moving northeast from the Gulf of Mexico, brought a wintry mix and cold rains for Tuesday. At 3:15 a.m., Greenville reported freezing rain and sleet. Near sunrise, tree icing was observed at Cowpens. The Greenville-Spartanburg AP reported "heavy rain" and 34 degrees at 10:00 a.m. A sharp thermal boundary was noted at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday when the Rock Hill AP reported 40 degrees and a distant Charleston AP indicated 72 degrees. While Charleston was within the warmest portion of the passing weather-maker, thunderstorms sped through the Cainhoy community with "straight-line" winds estimated by the Charleston NWS storm survey team at 65-75 mph. The coastal monitoring station at Springmaid Pier recorded south winds at 9:00 p.m. gusting to 59 mph. Thirty-six-hour rainfall amounts ending early Wednesday morning included Table Rock with 4.53 inches, Jocassee Dam with 3.08 inches and Lake City with 2.90 inches. The 2.68 inches measured in 24-hours at Walterboro was that location's heaviest November rain in 35 years. At 7:00 a.m. on Wednesday, the lowest observed barometric pressure value of 29.48 inches of mercury was recorded at the Myrtle Beach International AP and the N Myrtle Beach AP. Freezing air, on the trailing edge of the system, brought a tenth of an inch of light snow to the Greenville-Spartanburg AP. Gusting northwest winds delivered more sub-freezing air overnight. The Thursday Thanksgiving morning was the coldest since the holiday start in 2000. Union reported a numbing 18 degrees. It was 22 degrees at Johnston and Hartsville and 29 degrees at Edisto Beach. Chester and Longtown struggled to make an afternoon value of 43 degrees. Frosty mornings and mostly sunny conditions followed into the late weekend. Kingstree and Laurens recorded a Friday high temperature of 55 degrees. Clinton began Saturday morning at 22 degrees, reaching 57 degrees that afternoon. The Rock Hill AP recorded the week's second "crest" of high pressure with a reading of 30.63 inches of mercury. Sullivan's Island was one of the few to exceed 60 degrees on Saturday. November 2013 rainfall totals ranged from 6.89 inches at Table Rock to 1.97 inches at Barnwell. On Sunday, the afternoon temperature at Florence climbed to 61 degrees as more clouds began arriving on milder air. The state average temperature for the seven-day period was five degrees below the long-term average.

The highest official temperature reported was 73 degrees at Charleston AP and Charleston City on November 26. The lowest official temperature reported was 17 degrees at Ninety Nine Islands and Cedar Creek on November 25. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 3.05 inches at Chesnee ending at 7:00 a.m. on November 27. The state average rainfall for the seven-day period was 1.6 inches.

PRECIPITATION:

                                   Precipitation                
                              Weekly   Jan 1   Departure   
        Anderson AP            1.39    58.10     17.9  
           Greer AP            3.15    62.89     19.7
   Charlotte, NC AP            2.68    42.49      4.0
  Columbia Metro AP            0.63    49.59      8.1
      Orangeburg AP            1.00    51.16      7.6
Augusta, GA Bush AP            0.80    48.62      8.3
        Florence AP            1.27    50.35     10.4
  N Myrtle Beach AP            1.79    46.98     -1.7
      Charleston AP            2.18    55.96      8.0
    Savannah, GA AP            1.29    51.69      6.6

Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.  

SOIL:

4-inch depth soil temperature: Columbia 55 degrees, Charleston 56 degrees.

RIVERS AND SURF:

South Carolina river stages were near normal. The ocean water temperature at Springmaid Pier Myrtle Beach was reported at 54 degrees.

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