Januuary 2 - January 8, 2006


Strong thunderstorms developed on Monday, January 2. The unstable conditions produced scattered areas of hail over the Upstate and southern coastal counties. The National Weather Service in Charleston measured a wind gust of 44 mph. Sunny, warm weather settled over the state Wednesday and Thursday with high temperatures peaking in the 70's. A colder airmass spread over the southeastern states on Friday. Brisk winds and a 50-degree afternoon was observed on Saturday before light winds and warmer weather occurred on Sunday. For the period, the state average temperature was three degrees above normal.

The highest official temperature reported was 75 degrees at Allendale on January 5. The lowest official temperature reported was 19 degrees at Lake Bowen on the morning of January 7. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 2.00 inches at Conway ending at 7:00 a.m. on January 3. The average statewide rainfall for the period was 1.0 inches


                       Weekly   Jan 1  Deviation     
                        Total   Total   From Avg
         Greer           1.09    1.10      0.0
      Columbia           0.74    1.06     -0.1 
    Orangeburg           0.98    1.18      0.1  
 Charlotte, NC           0.76    0.76     -0.2             	
   Augusta, GA           1.23    1.39      0.3  
      Florence           0.87    0.93     -0.1
  Myrtle Beach           1.15    1.15      0.3
    Charleston           1.33    1.64      0.6     
  Savannah, GA  		 1.01    1.10      0.1


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.