A slow moving boundary was the focus of statewide rains Monday. Clearing skies and freezing temperatures followed on Tuesday morning. At 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, Darlington reported a barometric pressure of 30.63 inches. During the day on Thursday a storm began forming southwest and along a frontal boundary with rains and near gale conditions over the southern coast. Surface winds at Edisto Beach gusted to 43 mph. Friday's weather was much like mid-winter with grey clouds and high temperatures only approaching 50 degrees. The weekend was dry and sunny. For the period, the state average temperature was five degrees below normal.
The highest official temperature reported was 74 degrees at Charleston AP on December 5. The lowest official temperature reported was 18 degrees at Caesars Head on the morning of December 6. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 3.47 inches at Fountain Inn ending at 7:00 a.m. on December 6. The average statewide rainfall for the period was 1.3 inches.
PRECIPITATION AND TEMPERATURE DATA
Precipitation Weekly Jan 1 Deviation Total Total From Avg Greer 1.50 50.7 3.0 Columbia 1.14 43.2 -2.8 Orangeburg 0.66 39.5 -6.6 Charlotte, NC 2.17 39.0 -2.4 Augusta, GA 1.22 44.8 2.3 Florence 0.77 41.0 -1.4 Myrtle Beach 0.72 43.4 -0.1 Charleston 1.53 44.6 -4.8 Savannah, GA 1.27 44.8 -2.8 Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.
SOIL: 4-inch depth average soil temperature: Columbia 54 degrees.
RIVERS AND SURF: South Carolina river stages were near normal. Surf temperatures at Myrtle Beach and Savannah will average around 53 degrees.