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December 3 - December 9, 2012


At 8:00 a.m. on Monday morning, Columbia, Florence and N Myrtle Beach reported dense fog with visibilities of less than one-quarter of a mile. Warming was statewide through the day with most locations recording middle, 70-degree temperatures. Andrews, Lake City and Kingstree reached 77 degrees. The mild weather continued for Tuesday and Wednesday. Charleston and Pinopolis recorded 76 degrees on Tuesday. Columbia, Orangeburg and Beaufort made it to 76 degrees on Wednesday. Light showers formed over the Upstate Wednesday afternoon and moved eastward. The Thursday morning 24-hour rainfall amounts included 0.29 inches at Lugoff and 0.20 inches at Florence. Cloudy weather and cool northeast winds took the place of the previous day's unseasonal conditions. Chester and Dillon recorded a Thursday high temperature of just 50 degrees. The Friday high temperature at Saluda and Chesterfield was near the date's long term average of 58 degrees. Very isolated showers brought Little Mountain 0.15 inches of rain and 0.08 inches to Florence. Another round of fog on Saturday morning signaled a return to milder weather. Edisto Beach noted a Saturday high temperature of 73 degrees and mostly sunny skies. Occasional showers interrupted the sun for the Upstate and left Clemson with 0.27 inches of needed rain. Those locations receiving the most sunshine warmed into the upper 70's on Sunday afternoon. Summerville and Andrews recorded 79 degrees. Stream flows across the state have fallen to well below seasonal levels. The state average temperature for the period was eleven degrees above normal.

The highest official temperature reported was 80 degrees at Cades and Jamestown on December 9. The lowest official temperature reported was 38 degrees at Chesnee on December 8. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 0.45 inches at Liberty ending at 7:00 a.m. on December 6. The state average rainfall for the period was 0.1 inches.


                           Weekly   Jan 1   Departure     
                            Total    Total    from Avg    
         Greer AP            0.05    33.10    -11.3
      Anderson AP            0.01    34.46     -6.8
      Columbia Metro AP      0.00    39.25     -3.0
    Orangeburg AP            0.01    38.31     -6.2
 Charlotte, NC AP            0.09    29.94     -9.4
   Augusta, GA Bush AP       0.02    31.43     -9.7
      Florence AP            0.28    37.80     -2.9
N Myrtle Beach AP            0.15    35.71    -13.9
    Charleston AP            0.00    40.41     -8.3
  Savannah, GA AP            0.00    38.30     -7.5

Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.  


4-inch depth soil temperature: Columbia 63 degrees, Charleston 63 degrees.


South Carolina river stages were below normal. Ocean water temperatures at Springmaid Pier Myrtle Beach were reported at 58 degrees.

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