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December 5, 2016 - December 11, 2016


Heavy rains developed across the southern Midlands and eastward to the coast on Monday afternoon. Amounts reported on Tuesday morning included 3.78 inches at Walterboro, 3.51 inches at McClellanville, 2.55 inches at Barnwell and 1.76 inches at Orangeburg. The Georgetown AP high temperature on Tuesday made it to a mild 71 degrees. Partial clearing was observed on Wednesday with high temperatures of 58 degrees for Anderson, 61 degrees at Conway and 64 degrees for Hilton Head Island. Milder air on Thursday moved the thermometer at Johns Island AP to 68 degrees. The leading edge of freezing, Canadian-sourced air, arrived before sunrise on Friday. At 6:30 a.m., instruments at Sassafras Mountain noted a temperature of 17.8 degrees. After reaching a mid-afternoon high temperature of 35 degrees, the 4:24 p.m. temperature was back at a freezing 32 degrees. Sectional temperatures eased into the "teens" on Saturday morning. Table Rock State Park, Whitmire and Cedar Creek reported a minimum temperature of 19 degrees. A hard freeze of 24 degrees was noted at Mullins and Holly Hill with 32 degrees as far south as the Beaufort Marine Corps Air Station. A crest of continental high pressure (30.60 inches of mercury) was recorded at the Newberry County AP at 10:00 a.m. Sunday's sunrise temperature at Dillon fell to 23 degrees. Slow-moving cloud decks and a few light showers made for a cold Sunday. Chester and the Hartsville AP shared a high temperature of just 41 degrees, or nearly 20 degrees below the date's average.

The highest official temperature reported was 78 degrees at the Beaufort Marine Corps Air Station (KNBC) on December 6. The lowest official temperature reported was 16 degrees at Ninety Nine Islands on December 10. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 4.40 inches at Summerville ending at 7:00 a.m. on December 6. The state average rainfall for the seven-day period was 1.7 inches. The state average temperature for the seven-day period was two degrees below the long-term average.


  Weekly Jan 1 Departure
Anderson AP 0.61 24.46 -17.1
Greer AP 0.60 33.17 -11.5
Charlotte, NC AP 1.04 32.23 -7.3
Columbia Metro AP 1.04 37.76 -4.7
Orangeburg AP 2.25 43.92 -0.7
Augusta, GA Bush AP 1.57 36.60 -4.7
Florence AP 1.84 58.36 17.5
N Myrtle Beach AP 1.16 54.74 4.9
Charleston AP 4.06 59.02 10.1
Savannah, GA AP 3.32 54.62 8.6

Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.


4-inch depth soil temperature: Clinton 49 degrees. Columbia 51 degrees. Barnwell 56 degrees. Mullins 38 degrees.


South Carolina river stages were near to below normal. Charleston Harbor Custom House reported a water temperature of 58 degrees. Sunset Beach, NC Nearshore Buoy (NDBC 41024) reported a water temperature of 57 degrees.

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