Mild conditions ended the year 2002 as afternoon high temperatures rose into the upper 60's and lower 70's. Light showers fell over portions of the state on Tuesday, New Years Eve, dampening activities. Cloudy skies along a frontal boundary persisted into Friday with periods of drizzle and chilling temperatures. Partial clearing began on Saturday as another cold front approached and by Sunday skies were blue with brisk westerly winds. The average statewide temperature for the period was five degrees above normal
PRECIPITATION AND TEMPERATURE DATA
The highest temperature reported was 72 degrees at Johnston on January 1. The lowest temperature was 19 degrees at Hunts Bridge on the morning of January 5. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 1.25" ending at 7:00 a.m. on January 1. The average statewide rainfall for the period was 0.5."
Precipitation Period 2003 Deviation* Temperature Location Total Total From Avg. Maximum Minimum Greer 0.46 0.46 0.2B 61 29 Columbia 0.05 0.05 0.6B 66 26 Florence 0.28 0.28 0.4B 67 26 Charleston 0.26 0.26 0.4B 71 28 N Myrtle Beach 0.71 0.71 0.2A 67 28 Augusta, Ga. 0.10 0.10 0.6B 66 24 A=Above, B=Below
Note: Weekly rainfall amounts are for the 24-hour period ending midnight Sunday.
4 inch depth average soil temperature: Columbia 50 degrees.
RIVERS AND SURF
South Carolina river stages range from near to above normal. Surf temperatures at Myrtle Beach and Savannah will average around 51 degrees.