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WEEKLY SOUTH CAROLINA WEATHER 2011

January 3, 2011 - January 9, 2011

WEATHER SUMMARY:

The low temperature at Chesnee fell to 17 degrees on Monday morning. Showers developed over the Lowcountry Wednesday morning and expanded in coverage all the way into the Upstate later in the day. Fort Moultrie measured a 24-hour rainfall amount of 0.52 inches while Keowee Dam measured 0.30 inches. On Thursday afternoon, Edisto Beach reported a seasonable 57-degree high temperature. Friday began with much of the state recording sunrise temperatures in the 20's. Cold air advection from the northwest continued into the weekend. West winds gusted to 40 mph at the Greer AP on Saturday, January 8. Snow flurries were observed at Caesars Head. Little Mountain recorded a Sunday morning low temperature of 15 degrees. Much of Sunday was spent anticipating the forecast of wintry precipitation moving northeast towards South Carolina from the Deep South. At 11:32 p.m., the first observed snow was reported by the public at St. George in Dorchester County. Just before midnight, the Orangeburg AP and Greenwood AP reported light snow. The state average temperature for the seven-day period was five degrees below normal.

The highest official temperature reported was 60 degrees at Clemson AP on January 4. The lowest official temperature reported was 8 degrees at Caesars Head on January 9. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 0.57 inches at Givhans ending at 7:00 a.m. on January 6. The state average rainfall for the period was 0.2 inches.

PRECIPITATION:

                            Precipitation                                                      
                       Weekly   Jan 1   Departure     
                        Total   Total   from Avg
         Greer           0.16   00.78     -0.5
      Anderson           0.36   00.98     -0.3
      Columbia           0.14   00.40     -0.9
    Orangeburg           0.36   00.58     -0.7
 Charlotte, NC           0.06   00.43     -0.7
   Augusta, GA           0.31   00.56     -0.7  
      Florence           0.04   00.22     -1.0
N Myrtle Beach           0.11   00.22     -0.8
    Charleston           0.36   00.52     -0.6
  Savannah, GA           0.31   00.44     -0.7
                     
Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.  

SOIL:

4-inch depth soil temperature: Columbia 46 degrees, Charleston 47 degrees.

RIVERS AND SURF:

South Carolina river stages were near to below normal. Ocean water temperatures at Springmaid Pier Myrtle Beach were reported at 43 degrees.

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