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December 9 - December 15, 2013


Dense fog at 3:00 a.m. on Monday morning reduced visibilities at McEntire ANG AP to less than one-tenth of a mile. Heavy rain was reported at Greenville Municipal AP at 1:00 p.m. Distant coastal locations observed a mild Monday afternoon with 73 degrees recorded at the Georgetown AP. Colder, dry air swept into the state on Tuesday with west winds gusting to 41 mph at the Orangeburg AP. Walhalla, Union and Cedar Creek awoke to a Wednesday low temperature of a frosty 23 degrees. The prefrontal Tuesday 11:00 a.m. temperature of 70 degrees at Florence fell 24 degrees to Wednesday's 46 degrees at the same hour. The state's highest temperatures on Wednesday belonged to Charleston and Beaufort with 59 degrees. Re-enforcing cold arrived on Thursday. The thermometer at Saluda cooled to 26 degrees. At 12:00 p.m., all observation sites in South Carolina reported "sunny" conditions. Friday morning's low temperatures included 19 degrees at Ninety Nine Islands and 21 degrees at Pelion. Areas of heavy rain and isolated thundershowers passed through the state on Saturday afternoon and evening. Rainfall totals for the 24-hours ending on Sunday morning exceeded one and a quarter inches for parts of the Upstate and all the way to the north coast. Walhalla measured 1.43 inches, Clarks Hill 1.70 inches, Sandhill 1.42 inches, Florence 1.48 inches and Galivants Ferry 1.53 inches. Lingering clouds afforded limited surface warming on Sunday. The afternoon high temperature at Winnsboro and Manning was just 54 degrees. The state average temperature for the seven-day period was near the long-term average.

The highest official temperature reported was 76 degrees at Charleston AP on December 9. The lowest official temperature reported was 16 degrees at Long Creek on December 13. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 3.40 inches at Kingstree ending at 7:00 a.m. on December 15. The state average rainfall for the seven-day period was 1.4 inches.


                              Weekly   Jan 1   Departure   
        Anderson AP            2.25    61.54     19.5  
           Greer AP            2.05    65.80     20.6
   Charlotte, NC AP            1.45    44.42      4.5
  Columbia Metro AP            1.44    52.63      9.7
      Orangeburg AP            1.14    53.63      8.6
Augusta, GA Bush AP            1.82    51.73     10.0
        Florence AP            1.83    53.01     11.7
  N Myrtle Beach AP            0.40    47.68     -2.7
      Charleston AP            0.97    57.35      8.0
    Savannah, GA AP            0.77    52.95      6.6



Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.  


4-inch depth soil temperature: Columbia 54 degrees, Charleston 60 degrees.


South Carolina river stages were near normal. The ocean water temperature at Springmaid Pier Myrtle Beach was reported at 54 degrees.

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