South Carolina rebounded from the previous week's cold with a warming trend that persisted through the week. Afternoon temperatures climbed into the 70's on Tuesday and peaked in the mid-70's over the weekend. A surface layer of warm, moist air helped with the formation of dense fog on Thursday morning. Mostly sunny, mild weather was observed Saturday and Sunday. Table Rock, at an elevation of over one thousand feet, reported a high temperature Sunday of 71 degrees. Passing boundaries, moving west to east, provided a few isolated showers Tuesday and Wednesday but amounts were generally less than one-tenth of an inch. Overall, the state was into the fourth week of very dry weather. For the period, the state average temperature was five degrees above normal.
The highest official temperature reported was 78 degrees at Witherbee and Pritchardville on December 17. The lowest official temperature reported was 24 degrees at Cedar Creek on the morning of December 11. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 0.30 inches at Union ending at 7:00 a.m. on December 13. The average statewide rainfall for the period was 0.0 inches.
PRECIPITATION AND TEMPERATURE DATA
Precipitation Weekly Jan 1 Deviation Total Total From Avg Greer 0.00 37.49 -10.9 Columbia 0.00 40.39 -6.2 Orangeburg 0.01 36.18 -10.3 Charlotte, NC 0.00 42.08 0.1 Augusta, GA 0.02 35.65 -7.4 Florence 0.00 45.03 2.0 Myrtle Beach 0.04 49.39 5.3 Charleston 0.03 47.19 -2.8 Savannah, GA 0.13 31.87 -16.3 Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.
SOIL: 4-inch depth average soil temperature: Columbia 56 degrees.
RIVERS AND SURF: South Carolina river stages were below normal. Ocean water temperatures at Springmaid Pier Myrtle Beach were reported at 57 degrees.