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December 24 - December 31, 2007


Temperatures on Monday morning fell to around freezing with areas of frost being observed. Christmas Day Tuesday dawned under overcast skies, mild temperatures and areas of rain moving south to north over the westernmost counties. By evening, thunderstorms were occurring over central sections with embedded heavy rains. The Greer NWS office reported sleet late Tuesday night into early Wednesday morning. A series of low-pressure systems continued a west to east motion across the state Thursday into the weekend with scattered showers and thunderstorms. Afternoon high temperatures over coastal counties on Saturday and Sunday warmed into the middle 70's. The week ended with rain exiting ahead of a cold front and clearing skies. The state average temperature for the period was seven degrees above normal.

The highest official temperature reported was 76 degrees at Walterboro and Pritchardville on December 30. The lowest official temperature reported was 24 degrees at Hunts Bridge, Pelion, and Clinton on the morning of December 24. The heaviest 24-hour rainfall reported was 2.61 inches at Springfield ending at 7:00 a.m. December 30. The state average rainfall for the period was 2.3 inches.


                       Weekly   Jan 1  Deviation     
                        Total   Total   From Avg
         Greer           2.94   31.08    -19.0
      Columbia           2.45   31.37    -16.8
    Orangeburg           3.08   39.11     -9.1
 Charlotte, NC           2.43   28.61    -14.8            	
   Augusta, GA           3.66   33.88    -10.6
      Florence           2.52   35.37     -9.3
N Myrtle Beach           0.96   33.18    -12.4
    Charleston           1.48   42.05     -9.4    
  Savannah, GA           1.31   49.96      0.5



Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.  


4-inch depth average soil temperature: Columbia 57 degrees.


South Carolina river stages were near to below normal. Ocean water temperatures at S Capers Island were reported at 60 degrees.

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

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