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December 12, 2016 - December 18, 2016


Rains on Monday brought 0.92 inches to the USC Campus in Columbia and 0.80 inches for Pelion and Holly Hill. Myrtle Beach reported a mild 72 degrees. Additional and heavier rains on Tuesday left 1.06 inches at Galivant's Ferry, 1.03 inches at Clarks Hill and 0.90 inches at Cades. Hilton Head Island reached 73 degrees. Mostly cloudy, wet conditions on Wednesday lowered high temperatures by a good 10 degrees and ranged from 43 degrees at Kings Mountain National Military Park to 63 degrees at the Beaufort AP. Colder air entered the state overnight with Thursday morning temperatures falling to 32 degrees at Hartsville AP and Lugoff. At 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, it was a chilling 48 degrees at Clemson and Orangeburg. Arctic-sourced air on Friday morning moved the thermometer to 22 degrees at Mullins, 25 degrees at Shaw AFB and to the freezing mark of 32 degrees at Sullivan's Island. At noon, it was 29 degrees in Rock Hill and 32 degrees in Darlington. The Friday high temperature in Mullins only made it to 33 degrees. On Saturday morning, there were public reports of patchy freezing rain in upper Greenville County and York County. Surging warmth on south-to-southwest winds Saturday was observed over the southern counties. At 3:00 p.m., Anderson's light rain and 43 degrees was in sharp contrast to a sunny Orangeburg and their 73 degrees. Out-of-season warmth on Sunday spread throughout the central and eastern sections. Date record high temperatures were set in Florence with 79 degrees and at Columbia Metro AP with 82 degrees. Andrews and the Georgetown AP also reached 82 degrees. Pre-frontal rains developed during the evening hours ahead of a return to seasonal cold.

The highest official temperature reported was 83 degrees at Jamestown on December 18. The lowest official temperature reported was 21 degrees at Table Rock, Chesnee and Santuck on December 16. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 1.07 inches at Lake City ending at 7:00 a.m. on December 14. The state average rainfall for the seven-day period was 0.7 inches. The state average temperature for the seven-day period was three degrees above the long-term average.


  Weekly Jan 1 Departure
Anderson AP 0.26 24.72 -17.7
Greer AP 0.07 33.24 -12.3
Charlotte, NC AP 0.23 32.46 -7.8
Columbia Metro AP 1.32 39.08 -4.1
Orangeburg AP 1.39 45.31 -0.1
Augusta, GA Bush AP 1.25 37.85 -4.2
Florence AP 1.62 59.98 17.7
N Myrtle Beach AP 0.43 55.17 4.3
Charleston AP 0.18 59.20 9.6
Savannah, GA AP 0.49 55.11 8.5

Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.


4-inch depth soil temperature: Clinton 51 degrees. Columbia 57 degrees. Barnwell 53 degrees. Mullins 62 degrees.


South Carolina river stages were near to much below normal (Upstate). Charleston Harbor Custom House reported a water temperature of 57 degrees. Sunset Beach, NC Nearshore Buoy (NDBC 41024) reported a water temperature of 56 degrees.

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