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November 29, 2010 - December 5, 2010


A slow-moving boundary of cold air entered the Upstate on Monday and was the focus for areas of heavy rain and storms. Jocassee measured 3.56 inches of rain by Tuesday morning. Southerly winds gusted to 48 mph at the Lake Thurmond Dam. Both Easley and Gray Court reported moderate damage from brief, EF1 tornadoes. Jocassee added another 3.25 inches during the next 24-hours for a two-day total of 6.81 inches. The Florence AP recorded 75 degrees on the last day of November. The Charleston AP rainfall total for November was just 0.30 inches. Clearing skies were observed on Wednesday along with a chilling west wind. At 1:00 p.m., the Clemson AP reported 45 degrees, west winds at 26 mph, gusting to 35 mph. On Thursday morning, Cedar Creek recorded 21 degrees and both Cades and Manning recorded 23 degrees. Thursday's afternoon high temperature at Myrtle Beach International AP, Mullins and Sandy Run was only 48 degrees. After a cold and sunny Friday, a few showers rotated southeastward across the state on Saturday. Hartsville received 0.10 inches and Cheraw 0.09 inches. More cold was forced into the state on Sunday. Caesars Head never warmed above freezing. The Sunday 49-degree maximum temperature at Pinopolis and Ft. Johnson was more like a mid-winter day. The state average temperature for the seven-day period was two degrees below normal.

The highest official temperature reported was 76 degrees at Jamestown on November 30. The lowest official temperature reported was 20 degrees at Pelion on December 2. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 3.74 inches at Keowee Dam ending at 8:00 a.m. on December 1. The state average rainfall for the period was 0.7 inches.


                       Weekly   Jan 1   Departure     
                        Total   Total   from Avg
         Greer           2.89   41.62     -5.4
      Anderson           2.65   38.12     -5.3
      Columbia           0.47   34.52    -10.9
    Orangeburg           0.16   38.12     -7.3
 Charlotte, NC           1.39   35.51     -5.3
   Augusta, GA           0.49   27.91    -14.0
      Florence           0.30   42.98      1.2
N Myrtle Beach           0.41   39.66     -3.2
    Charleston           0.12   55.09      6.3
  Savannah, GA           0.15   34.78    -12.4

Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.  


4-inch depth soil temperature: Columbia 55 degrees, Charleston 57 degrees.


South Carolina river stages were near to below normal. Ocean water temperatures at Springmaid Pier Myrtle Beach were reported at 55 degrees.

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