Near record warmth started the week as temperatures climbed into the mid 70's. A cold front passed through the state on Tuesday with scattered showers before turning colder . Wednesday high temperatures, considered normal for this time of the year, peaked in the low 50's. Most sites observed sub freezing temperatures and heavy frost on Thursday morning. The week ended under cloudy skies, passing rains through the midlands and thunder late Sunday night. Statewide temperatures for the period averaged six degrees above normal.
PRECIPITATION AND TEMPERATURE DATA
The maximum observed temperature was 78 degrees on January 3 at Blackville and Johnston. The minimum observed temperature was 17 degrees at Lake Bowen on the morning of January 7. The heaviest 24-hour rainfall reported was 0.56" at Cheraw ending at 7:00 am on January 5. The average statewide rainfall for the period was 0.3".
Precipitation Period 2000 Deviation* Temperature Location Total Total From Avg. Maximum Minimum Greer 0.34 0.3 0.6B NA 29 Charlotte, NC 0.37 0.4 0.3B NA NA Columbia 1.53 1.6 0.3A 77 25 Florence FAA 0.25 0.3 0.4B 77 30 Blackville 0.49 0.5 0.7B NA NA Augusta, GA 0.18 0.2 0.9B NA NA Beaufort 0.26 0.3 0.8B NA NA Charleston 0.37 0.4 0.6B 76 NA Myrtle Beach 0.15 0.2 1.0B NA NA *A=Above, B=Below
Note: Weekly rainfall amounts are for the prior 24-hrs ending 7 am Monday through ending 7 am Sunday
RIVERS AND SURF
Most South Carolina rivers are near to below normal. Surf temperatures at Myrtle Beach and Savannah will average around 53 degrees.