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December 17 - December 23, 2007


The season's coldest airmass settled into the state during the day on Monday. Tuesday morning's low temperatures were the lowest in ten months. Cheraw reported 15 degrees, Dillon 19, and Allendale 20. At 10:00 a.m., both Columbia's Owens Field AP and Darlington AP observed a barometric pressure of 30.48 inches. A sharp change followed mid-week with milder conditions and areas of rainfall moving in from the southwest. Drenching rains fell over the southernmost counties Thursday evening into Friday morning. Winter 2007-08 began Saturday on a mild note and with unsettled conditions. Off and on showers accompanied northeast winds of between 15 and 20 mph. The week ended with rain showers exiting ahead of a cold front and clearing skies. The state average temperature for the period was near normal.

The highest official temperature reported was 76 degrees at Loris and Jamestown on December 23. The lowest official temperature reported was 14 degrees at Lake Bowen on the morning of December 18. The heaviest 24-hour rainfall reported was 4.21 inches at Pritchardville ending at 7:00 a.m. December 21. The state average rainfall for the period was 1.3 inches.


                       Weekly   Jan 1  Deviation     
                        Total   Total   From Avg
         Greer           1.26   28.14    -21.1
      Columbia           0.93   28.88    -18.4
    Orangeburg           1.27   36.03    -11.2
 Charlotte, NC           0.61   26.18    -16.5            	
   Augusta, GA           0.90   30.20    -13.5
      Florence           0.75   32.85    -10.9
N Myrtle Beach           0.96   32.22    -12.6
    Charleston           1.58   40.57    -10.0    
  Savannah, GA           7.48   48.65     -0.1



Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.  


4-inch depth average soil temperature: Columbia 56 degrees.


South Carolina river stages were below normal. Ocean water temperatures at Springmaid Pier Myrtle Beach were reported at 55 degrees.

For additional information contact tylerw@dnr.sc.gov or by calling (803) 734-9100.

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