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November 30 - December 6, 2015


November's thirtieth day of the month Monday ended with areas of rain over the Foothills and Piedmont and warm temperatures for the Lowcountry. Barnwell and Mt. Pleasant recorded 77 degrees. November's 30-day rainfall range indicated 12.92 inches at the Walhalla Fish Hatchery (Jocassee 8WNW) and 4.17 inches in Sumter. For Columbia, the September through November "climatological fall" season was the wettest of record. The above average warmth continued into the start of December with Myrtle Beach reaching 73 degrees and Charleston reporting 74 degrees. More rain fell over the Upstate leaving 2.60 inches at Caesars Head and 2.11 inches at Jocassee Dam. A boundary of colder air approached on Wednesday with showers expanding west to east. A few of the heaviest rainfall measurements taken on Thursday morning included 1.02 inches at Orangeburg and Holly Hill, 0.99 inches in Lake City and 0.90 inches in Manning. Most reporting sites on Thursday were around 10 degrees cooler than Wednesday as north winds covered the state. Saluda and McCormick only made it to 52 degrees. Sullivan's Island was the mildest at 62 degrees. On Friday morning, Newberry and Cedar Creek reported a sub-freezing 31 degrees. At 7:50 a.m., the Hilton Head Island AP (KHXD) reported clear skies, 50 degrees with north winds gusting 25 mph. The Marlboro County Jetport (KBBP) and Darlington County Jetport (KUDG) noted a barometric pressure value of 30.64 inches of mercury at 9:15 a.m. The Little Mountain and Conway AP high temperature on Friday only reached 55 degrees. Whitmire reported a Saturday morning minimum temperature of 26 degrees. Both airports in Columbia recorded a Saturday afternoon, date average matching, high temperature of 61 degrees. Sunday's early afternoon sunshine helped Johnston, Orangeburg, McClellanville and Myrtle Beach warm to 68 degrees. Rain showers began moving into the coastal counties during the evening hours.

The highest official temperature reported was 81 degrees at the Georgetown County AP on December 2. The lowest official temperature reported was 25 degrees at Sandy Springs on December 5. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 2.93 inches at the Walhalla Fish Hatchery (Jocassee 8WNW) ending at 7:00 a.m. on December 2. The state average rainfall for the seven-day period was 0.5 inches. The state average temperature for the seven-day period was five degrees above the long term average.


  Weekly Jan 1 Departure
Anderson AP 0.27 43.02 2.1
Greer AP 1.05 50.16 6.2
Charlotte, NC AP 1.61 40.92 1.9
Columbia Metro AP 0.33 57.46 15.5
Orangeburg AP 1.03 51.74 7.6
Augusta, GA Bush AP 0.50 40.97 0.2
Florence AP 0.20 NA NA
N Myrtle Beach AP 0.04 61.75 12.5
Charleston AP 0.30 72.05 23.6
Savannah, GA AP 0.38 44.63 -0.9

Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.


4-inch depth soil temperature: Columbia 57 degrees, Charleston 60 degrees.


South Carolina river stages were near to above normal. The Charleston Harbor Ravenel Bridge reported a water temperature of 60 degrees. Springmaid Pier at Myrtle Beach reported a surf water temperature of 60 degrees.

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