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November 28, 2016 - December 4, 2016


Andrews recorded a frosty 32 degrees on Monday morning just ahead of the arrival of warm, southerly winds. Areas of rain formed overnight across the Upstate and brought immediate relief to the more than three weeks of stubborn wildfires in and around Pickens County. At 4:00 a.m. on Tuesday, the Clemson-Oconee AP and Greenville Downtown AP noted heavy rain. Rainfall amounts taken for the 24-hours ending at 7:00 a.m. included 1.91 inches at Sassafras Mountain, 1.86 inches at Salem, 1.45 inches at Table Rock State Park and 1.40 inches at Keowee Key. South winds gusted to 37 mph at the Greenville-Spartanburg AP and to 35 mph at Florence and Orangeburg. Rains moved eastward on Tuesday bringing 1.36 inches to Batesburg, 1.20 inches to Lugoff, 1.13 inches to McCormick and 1.07 inches to Sandhill. Charleston and Allendale reported a Tuesday high temperature of 80 degrees. Stormy weather on Wednesday produced an EF1-rated tornado (maximum winds estimated at 110 mph) that passed through Simpsonville at 4:45 p.m. The November 2016 rainfall ranged from 3.71 inches at Caesars Head to 0.06 inches at Walterboro. Multi-day rainfall totals taken into the morning of Thursday, December 1, had risen to 5.32 inches at Caesars Head, 3.24 inches at Central, 2.92 inches at Keowee Key and Sunset, and 2.82 inches at Travelers Rest. Clearing west winds and colder air came on Thursday afternoon. Early morning low temperatures on Friday dropped to a sub-freezing 29 degrees at Walhalla, Whitmire and Darlington. Rock Hill reported an afternoon high at a seasonal 58 degrees. The thermometer at Cedar Creek moved to 29 degrees on Saturday morning. Laurens, Orangeburg and Hartsville reached 54 degrees on Saturday afternoon before the arrival of clouds and evening showers. Sandy Springs and Greenville had received 0.29 inches of rain by sunrise on Sunday. At 2:00 p.m., rain was falling at Clemson, Aiken and Darlington. The Greenville-Spartanburg AP Sunday high temperature of just 45 degrees was that location's "lowest high" temperature since February 15. A cloudy and wet Florence Regional AP stayed between 46 and 49 degrees all day.

The highest official temperature reported was 82 degrees at the Walterboro AP on November 30. The lowest official temperature reported was 27 degrees at Ninety Nine Islands on December 2 and at Chesnee on December 3. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 3.01 inches at Caesars Head ending at 7:00 a.m. on November 29. The state average rainfall for the seven-day period was 1.0 inches. The state average temperature for the seven-day period was one degree above the long-term average.


  Weekly Jan 1 Departure
Anderson AP 2.43 23.85 -16.8
Greer AP 2.71 32.57 -11.1
Charlotte, NC AP 1.38 31.19 -7.6
Columbia Metro AP 1.48 36.52 -5.3
Orangeburg AP 0.50 41.67 -2.3
Augusta, GA Bush AP 1.78 35.03 -5.6
Florence AP 0.26 56.52 16.3
N Myrtle Beach AP 0.01 53.58 4.5
Charleston AP 0.11 54.96 6.7
Savannah, GA AP 0.26 51.28 5.9

Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.


4-inch depth soil temperature: Clinton 54 degrees. Columbia 57 degrees. Barnwell 51 degrees. Mullins 44 degrees.


South Carolina river stages were near to below normal across the Midlands and coastal zones and below normal over the Upstate. Charleston Harbor Custom House reported a water temperature of 61 degrees. Sunset Beach, NC Nearshore Buoy (NDBC 41024) reported a water temperature of 60 degrees.

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