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November 28, 2011 - December 4, 2011


Soaking rains spread eastward from the South Carolina mountains on Monday morning. For the next 24-hours, all reporting airports made at least one observation of "heavy rain." The mountain site of Table Rock recorded an event total of 3.56 inches of rain. Hemingway, located in the Pee Dee region, received 2.78 inches. Rainfall changed to snow at Caesars Head State Park and covered grassy surfaces, cars and rooftops with a measurement of one-inch. Colder air rotated southward, dropping temperatures by around twenty degrees. The Tuesday high temperature at Long Creek was just 38 degrees. Several days of "sunrise frost" were observed through the workweek. November ended with a rainfall range of 10.33 inches falling at Caesars Head to 1.13 inches at Sandy Run. On Thursday morning, Cedar Creek and the Greenwood AP reported 24 degrees. At 1:00 PM, all reporting airports noted "sunny" skies. Thursday afternoon temperatures in the 50's were widespread with a few southern coastal sites reaching 60 degrees. Hartsville, Saluda, Sandy Springs and Laurens reported a Friday morning hard freeze of 26 degrees. At 9:54 a.m. on Saturday morning, the Rock Hill AP noted a barometric pressure value of 30.59 inches of mercury. Seasonally cool temperatures for Saturday eased higher for Sunday. Both the Charleston AP and Givhans reached 74 degrees on Sunday afternoon. The state average temperature for the seven-day period was one degree below normal.

The highest official temperature reported was 80 degrees at Andrews and Cades on November 28. The lowest official temperature reported was 23 degrees at Pelion and Chesnee on December 2. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 3.70 inches at Dillon ending at 7:00 a.m. on November 29. The state average rainfall for the period was 1.1 inches.


                            Weekly   Jan 1   Departure     
                            Total    Total    from Avg
         Greer AP            1.84    41.99     -1.7
      Anderson AP            1.83    32.34     -8.3
      Columbia Metro AP      0.54    35.51     -6.3
    Orangeburg AP            0.70    35.50     -8.5
 Charlotte, NC AP            1.00    41.11      2.3
   Augusta, GA Bush AP       0.61    28.15    -12.5
      Florence AP            0.70    27.21    -13.1
N Myrtle Beach AP            0.93    32.45    -16.6
    Charleston AP            0.92    36.36    -11.9
  Savannah, GA AP            0.33    33.70    -11.7
Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.  


4-inch depth soil temperature: Columbia 58 degrees, Charleston 61 degrees.


South Carolina river stages were near to below normal. Ocean water temperatures at Springmaid Pier Myrtle Beach were reported at 60 degrees.

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