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December 16 - December 22, 2013


Monday morning low temperatures fell to freezing or lower from the south Midlands into the Upstate. At 2:00 p.m., sunny skies and 57 degrees were reported at Anderson, Darlington and Myrtle Beach. Dillon noted a Tuesday morning temperature of 28 degrees and Johnston reached a minimum of 29 degrees. Clear, calm conditions on Wednesday morning sent the mercury to 25 degrees at Long Creek and 30 degrees at Union. Edisto Beach and Sullivan's Island were the only locations to report an afternoon of 60 degrees. It was more of the same for Thursday morning. Pelion recorded 24 degrees and Walterboro cooled to a frosty 28 degrees. Surface winds began to shift on Thursday, bringing a sharp contrast to the previous days of cold. Hardeeville reached a mild 69 degrees on Thursday afternoon. More warming turned into date record temperature values over the weekend. The N Myrtle Beach AP recorded a record 74 degrees on Friday. On Saturday, the official start of winter, date record high temperatures were set at Florence AP (79 degrees), Charleston AP (80 degrees) and Columbia Metro AP (81 degrees). A few rainshowers formed as a slow moving frontal boundary edged into the upper Savannah River basin. More record warmth was observed on Sunday, December 22. Columbia Metro AP reached 80 degrees, Charleston AP recorded a record 81 degrees and Florence AP warmed to 83 degrees. For Florence, the 83-degree value was the warmest temperature ever recorded for so late in any December. Clouds increased on Sunday afternoon ahead of a slow moving axis of rain arriving over the western Piedmont. Steady rains, sometimes heavy, fell from Abbeville and Greenville counties into Union and Chesterfield counties. The Greenwood AP measured 1.32 inches of rain, part of the calendar day total 3.16 inches, during the final hour of Sunday night. The state average temperature for the seven-day period was seven degrees above the long-term average.

The highest official temperature reported was 83 degrees at Florence, Pinopolis and Jamestown on December 22. The lowest official temperature reported was 18 degrees at Long Creek on December 16. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 3.16 inches at the Greenwood AP on December 22. The state average rainfall for the seven-day period was 0.3 inches.


                              Weekly   Jan 1   Departure   
        Anderson AP            1.62    63.16     20.1  
           Greer AP            1.53    67.33     21.3
   Charlotte, NC AP            1.44    45.86      5.2
  Columbia Metro AP            0.49    53.12      9.5
      Orangeburg AP            0.00    53.63      7.8
Augusta, GA Bush AP            0.37    52.31      9.8
        Florence AP            0.00    53.01     11.0
  N Myrtle Beach AP            0.00    47.68     -3.5
      Charleston AP            0.00    57.35      7.3
    Savannah, GA AP            0.00    52.95      5.9



Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.  


4-inch depth soil temperature: Columbia 61 degrees, Charleston 64 degrees.


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

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