Mostly sunny weather started the last week of 2005. Thunderstorms passed through the state on Wednesday, December 27 with large hail falling within Aiken County. Mild conditions followed into the weekend on warming southwest winds. The New Year dawned clear and unseasonably warm on Sunday with afternoon high temperatures climbing to near 70 degrees. During the evening hours, thundershowers began spreading into western sections. For the period, the state average temperature was four degrees above normal.
The highest official temperature reported was 71 degrees at Witherbee on January 1. The lowest official temperature reported was 23 degrees at Clinton on the morning of December 27. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 1.55 inches at Springfield ending at 7:00 a.m. on December 29. The average statewide rainfall for the period was 0.9 inches.
PRECIPITATION AND TEMPERATURE DATA
Precipitation Weekly Jan 1 Deviation Total Total From Avg Greer msg 0.01 msg Columbia 0.95 0.32 msg Orangeburg 1.32 0.20 msg Charlotte, NC msg 0.00 msg Augusta, GA 1.16 0.16 msg Florence 1.45 0.06 msg Myrtle Beach 0.98 0.00 msg Charleston 0.48 0.31 msg Savannah, GA 0.31 0.09 msg Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.
SOIL: 4-inch depth average soil temperature: Columbia 53 degrees.
RIVERS AND SURF: South Carolina river stages were near normal. Surf temperatures at Myrtle Beach and Savannah will average around 51 degrees.