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December 24 - December 30, 2012


Much like the previous week, progressive rain showers moved west to east across the state. Christmas Day Tuesday was observed under passing rains with afternoon temperatures ranging from 47 degrees at Pickens to 65 degrees at both Charleston and Beaufort. Heavy rainfall amounts over the mountains and Piedmont included, 2.56 inches at Long Creek, 2.30 inches at Gaston Shoals and 2.25 inches at the Greenville-Spartanburg AP. High winds arrived on Wednesday accompanying a body of more winter-like air. The Columbia AP, Charleston and Hilton Head airports all measured wind gusts of 44 mph. Late-ending showers left 2.05 inches at Catawba and 1.44 inches at Winnsboro. Laurens reported a freezing 29 degrees on Thursday morning. The weekend began with overcast conditions, a few hours of sun, then another round of rain from Friday evening into Saturday. The Saturday morning rainfall measurement at McClellanville indicated 1.11 inches in the gage. Other one-inch rains fell at Conway (1.25 inches), Manning (1.01 inches) and Anderson (1.00 inches.) The Monday through Saturday period of soaking rains was the state's most rain since the second week of August. It was sunny and cold on Sunday, December 30. The high temperature at Mullins only reached 45 degrees. The state average temperature for the period was two degrees above normal.

The highest official temperature reported was 72 degrees at the Marlboro County AP on December 26. The lowest official temperature reported was 22 degrees at Table Rock, Caesars Head and Hunts Bridge on December 30. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 2.89 inches at Spartanburg ending at 7:00 a.m. on December 26. The state average rainfall for the period was 2.4 inches.


                           Weekly   Jan 1   Departure     
                            Total    Total    from Avg  
         Greer AP            3.49    38.86     -8.2
      Anderson AP            2.52    39.03     -5.1
      Columbia Metro AP      1.97    42.76     -1.7
    Orangeburg AP            2.53    42.68     -3.9
 Charlotte, NC AP            2.38    33.69     -7.8
   Augusta, GA Bush AP       2.86    36.08     -7.4
      Florence AP            1.80    41.61     -1.2
N Myrtle Beach AP            2.41    39.29    -12.6
    Charleston AP            2.23    43.97     -7.0
  Savannah, GA AP            1.02    40.21     -7.7

Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.  


4-inch depth soil temperature: Columbia 51 degrees, Charleston 53 degrees.


South Carolina river stages were near normal. Ocean water temperatures at Springmaid Pier Myrtle Beach were reported at 51 degrees.

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