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January 4, 2016 - January 10, 2016


Surface freezing (32 degrees) was observed on Monday morning at Clinton, Hartsville and Conway. At 2:00 p.m., north winds were gusting to 24 mph at Orangeburg, Charleston and N Myrtle Beach. The high temperature at Sassafras Mountain only made it to 33 degrees. On Tuesday morning, Folly Beach and Beaufort recorded 32 degrees. Greenwood noted a minimum temperature of 21 degrees. The Florence Regional AP Tuesday high temperature of just 40 degrees made that afternoon the coldest since February 25, 2015. At 9:15 p.m., the Darlington Jetport noted a peak barometric pressure value of 30.62 inches of mercury. Even colder temperatures were observed on Wednesday morning. At Sandy Springs, the mercury fell to 16 degrees. Cedar Creek and Whitmire reported 18 degrees and Sullivan's Island recorded a sub-freezing 30 degrees. The Hilton Head Island AP was the lone exception to report freezing with 34 degrees. A slow rebound to milder temperatures began on Thursday across the southern Midlands. Orangeburg made it to a high temperature of 64 degrees. Light rains moved into the state on Friday morning. Laurens measured one of the heavier amounts with 0.40 inches. Batesburg received 0.20 inches. A cloudy Myrtle Beach reported 54 degrees for an afternoon high temperature. Saturday's weather was much like Friday's with areas of rain. At 11:00 a.m., Columbia, Allendale, Orangeburg, Hartsville and Charleston all noted cloudy skies and 50 degrees. Rainfall amounts reported on Sunday morning included 0.89 inches at Liberty, 0.65 inches at Table Rock and 0.29 inches for Cedar Creek and Marion. Clearing skies arrived on Sunday behind a cold front. The airports at Newberry, Orangeburg and Mullins all measured west winds gusting to 33 mph. Sunday's high temperatures ranged from 50 degrees in Clinton to 66 degrees at the Charleston AP.

The highest official temperature reported was 67 degrees at the Beaufort Marine Corps Air Station on January 7. The lowest official temperature reported was 14 degrees at Jocassee 8WNW on January 6. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 1.19 inches at Travelers Rest ending at 7:00 a.m. on January 10. The state average rainfall for the seven-day period was 0.2 inches. The state average temperature for the seven-day period was one degree above the long-term average.


  Weekly Jan 1 Departure
Anderson AP 0.34 0.34 -0.9
Greer AP 0.50 0.50 -0.7
Charlotte, NC AP 0.42 0.42 -0.7
Columbia Metro AP 0.27 0.27 -0.9
Orangeburg AP 0.16 0.16 -1.1
Augusta, GA Bush AP 0.16 0.16 -1.2
Florence AP 0.07 0.10 -1.0
N Myrtle Beach AP 0.15 0.27 -0.9
Charleston AP 0.00 0.55 -0.6
Savannah, GA AP 0.14 0.55 -0.5

Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.


4-inch depth soil temperature: Columbia 54 degrees, Charleston 59 degrees.


South Carolina river stages were near to above normal. The Charleston Harbor Ravenel Bridge reported a water temperature of 57 degrees. Springmaid Pier at Myrtle Beach reported a surf water temperature of 57 degrees.

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