SOUTH CAROLINA WEATHER AND CLIMATE
Jan. 1-5, 1997
The New Year began with mild conditions and mostly cloudy skies. Light
showers were reported on Wednesday and Thursday as an almost stationary front
positioned over the state. As the boundary shifted north, temperatures
responded by rising into the mid 70's. A modified cold front entered South
Carolina early Sunday morning, January 5, with thunderstorms. Oconee County
reported dime size hail and power disruptions from high winds. Statewide
temperatures for the period averaged around 15 degrees above normal.
PRECIPITATION AND TEMPERATURE DATA
The maximum observed temperature was 76 degrees on January 3 at
Florence FAA and Blackville. The minimum observed temperature was 38 degrees
at Salem on the morning of January 3. The heaviest official 24 -hour
rainfall was recorded at Walhalla with 0.75" ending at 7:00 a.m. on January 5.
Statewide rainfall for the period averaged 0.3".
Period 1997 Deviation* Temperature
Location Total Total From Avg. Maximum Minimum
Greer 0.51 0.5 0.1B 73 47
Charlotte, NC 0.44 0.4 0.3B 72 43
Columbia 0.30 0.3 0.4B 75 46
Florence 8 NE 0.18 0.2 0.5B 75 42
Blackville 0.05 0.1 0.6B 76 47
Augusta, GA 0.24 0.2 0.4B 76 50
Beaufort NA NA NA NA NA
Charleston 0.16 0.2 0.4B 72 47
Myrtle Beach 0.32 0.3 0.3B 75 43
ENERGY DEMAND AND AGRICULTURAL ADVISORY
Columbia 0 21
Charleston 0 21
Greenville 0 34
Temperatures are expected to average near to below normal for the week.
Rainfall is expected to be near normal. Columbia Airport reports average soil
temperature at a 4-inch depth of 58 degrees.
RIVERS AND SURF
River stages are near normal.
Surf temperatures at Myrtle Beach and Savannah will average around 53
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