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December 7 - December 13, 2015


At the same time on Monday morning that much of western South Carolina was clearing, showers were still moving over the Pee Dee and northern beaches. Fountain Inn and Allendale got a healthy share of sunshine resulting in an afternoon high temperature of 68 degrees. Rainfall amounts measured on Tuesday morning included 0.72 inches in Mullins, 0.59 inches in Marion and 0.43 inches at N Myrtle Beach AP. Although the boundary of colder air had made progress into the northern midlands (31 degrees at Whitmire) dense fog formed to the east, with reduced visibilities of "zero" at Shaw AFB in Sumter and one-eighth of a mile at Charleston AP. Barnwell reached a Tuesday high temperature of 68 degrees. On Wednesday morning, Calhoun Falls fell to a freezing 31 degrees. Warming took over for the afternoon with Sullivan's Island reaching 74 degrees or ten degrees above the date's average. Mild, sunny weather on Thursday widened the 70-degree coverage. At 3:00 p.m., the Hartsville AP (KHVS) reported 72 degrees with south winds at 7 mph. Friday's early clouds made way for a mostly sunny sky and 77 degrees for Walterboro. Unseasonable warmth was observed on Saturday. Table Rock State Park reported a high temperature of 75 degrees. It was 76 degrees in Little Mountain, 78 degrees at McEntire ANG AP near Eastover and 79 degrees at Johns Island AP. Sunday began with areas of fog, then a few hours of sun followed by intervals of clouds. Florence, Sumter and Orangeburg each recorded a maximum temperature of 76 degrees. Light rains developed over the central and north coastal counties late in the day.

The highest official temperature reported was 81 degrees at Bennettsville and Cheraw on December 12. The lowest official temperature reported was 28 degrees at the Walhalla Fish Hatchery on December 8. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 1.02 inches at the USGS Crabtree Swamp gage ending at 7:00 a.m. on December 8. The state average rainfall for the seven-day period was 0.2 inches. The state average temperature for the seven-day period was nine degrees above the long term average.


  Weekly Jan 1 Departure
Anderson AP 0.00 43.02 1.2
Greer AP 0.00 50.16 5.3
Charlotte, NC AP 0.00 40.92 1.2
Columbia Metro AP 0.00 57.46 14.8
Orangeburg AP 0.04 51.78 6.9
Augusta, GA Bush AP 0.00 40.97 -0.6
Florence AP 0.44 50.58 9.5
N Myrtle Beach AP 0.92 62.67 12.6
Charleston AP 0.47 72.52 23.4
Savannah, GA AP 0.35 44.98 -1.2

Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.


4-inch depth soil temperature: Columbia 61 degrees, Charleston 67 degrees.


South Carolina river stages were near normal. The Charleston Harbor Ravenel Bridge reported a water temperature of 61 degrees. Springmaid Pier at Myrtle Beach reported a surf water temperature of 61 degrees.

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