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December 22 - December 28, 2014


Rains and or all-day cloudiness were observed on Monday. Allendale measured a twenty-four-hour rainfall amount of 1.10 inches and 1.09 inches fell at Edisto Beach. The thermometer at Aiken Municipal Airport remained at 43 degrees for 17 consecutive hours on Tuesday. Tuesday's rains became heavy overnight and mixed with thunder. Southwest winds gusted to 44 mph at Charleston AP at 5.08 a.m. on Wednesday morning. Overnight totals included Lugoff with 3.15 inches, 2.72 inches at the Lynches River USGS gage near Bishopville and 2.36 inches at Darlington. Some clearing was observed during the late afternoon hours on Wednesday for western counties but areas of rain kept falling for the coastal plain. A mild Myrtle Beach reached 73 degrees on Wednesday afternoon. Additional rainfall measurements taken on Christmas morning Thursday added another 2.16 inches for N Myrtle Beach. Johnston reported a four-day amount of 4.51 inches. Pelion received 4.33 inches and Blackville reported a multi-day total of 4.07 inches. Colder, clearing weather arrived for Christmas Day with gusting west winds. The Columbia Metro AP measured a wind gust of 39 mph. Thursday afternoon temperatures reached 56 degrees at Greenville, 59 degrees at Cheraw and 62 degrees at Walterboro. A heavy frost coated surfaces for most of inland South Carolina on Friday morning. Spartanburg recorded a sub-freezing 26 degrees. It was 28 degrees in Calhoun Falls and 30 degrees in Hartsville. The Georgetown AP was one of the more temperate locations on Friday with an afternoon maximum value climbing to 64 degrees. On Saturday afternoon, Florence, Sumter and Johnston noted high temperatures of 66 degrees or nearly ten degrees above the date's average. More showers approached from the west overnight. On Sunday morning, Calhoun Falls had received 0.60 inches. At 2:47 p.m., the Charleston AP reached 78 degrees making that value the warmest December 28 Charleston afternoon in 43 years. With the exception of a few hours of partial sunshine for the beaches and brief showers across the Midlands, most of the state ended the holiday weekend cloudy. The state average temperature for the seven-day period was five degrees above the long-term average.

The highest official temperature reported was 81 degrees at Hardeeville on December 28. The lowest official temperature reported was 24 degrees at Jocassee 8WNW on December 26. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 3.25 inches at Johnston ending at 7:00 a.m. on December 24. The state average rainfall for the seven-day period was 2.9 inches.


                              Weekly   Jan 1    Departure 
        Anderson AP            2.90    35.57      -7.2
           Greer AP            2.66    49.83       3.0
   Charlotte, NC AP            1.50    44.81       3.5
  Columbia Metro AP            3.39    42.06      -2.2
      Orangeburg AP            2.75    47.09       0.6
Augusta, GA Bush AP            3.81    38.62      -4.6
        Florence AP            2.83    44.46       1.9 
  N Myrtle Beach AP            2.75    40.89     -10.9
      Charleston AP            2.69    52.81       2.1	
    Savannah, GA AP            3.34    50.43       2.8


Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.  


4-inch depth soil temperature: Columbia 55 degrees, Charleston 60 degrees.


South Carolina river stages were near normal. Charleston Harbor reported a water temperature of 56 degrees and Springmaid Pier at Myrtle Beach reported a surf water temperature of 53 degrees.

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