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January 6 - January 12, 2014


Orangeburg recorded west winds gusting to 44 mph on Monday afternoon as arctic-sourced cold overran the state. On Tuesday morning, Long Creek reported a minimum temperature of 2 degrees. Other single digit values were observed at Chester and Pelion with 6 degrees; Union and Newberry at 8 degrees; and Calhoun Falls and Greenwood at 9 degrees. The Beaufort Marine Corps Air Station noted a morning low of 18 degrees. At 1:00 p.m., the Clemson-Oconee County AP and Hilton Head Island AP each reported 25 degrees. The only official location to exceed the freezing mark was the Charleston AP which reached 33 degrees at 3:56 p.m. January 7, 2014, was the coldest "statewide" day in South Carolina since December 23, 1989. Sub-freezing conditions on Wednesday sent the mercury back to 5 degrees at Walhalla. Milder air made a move into the southernmost counties on Wednesday afternoon and Hardeeville managed to record 50 degrees. On Thursday at 10:00 a.m., Columbia's Hamilton-Owens AP and the Florence Regional AP recorded a peak barometric pressure value of 30.56 inches of mercury. The afternoon high temperature at Beaufort and Charleston was a mild 64 degrees. Showers began falling late Thursday night over parts of the Lowcountry before expanding in coverage along the Savannah River basin preceding Friday's sunrise. Sandy Springs received a heavy rainfall of 1.65 inches. A warm, moist boundary separated leftover cold across the northern counties from those in the southern coastal plain. At 10:00 a.m., Rock Hill reported 40 degrees while at the same time, Charleston AP had warmed to 69 degrees. Areas of heavy rain fell on Friday. Johnston measured a 24-hour rainfall total of 2.71 inches and Newberry measured 2.70 inches. The 2.02 inches of rain measured at the Columbia Metro AP was that sites greatest January calendar-day amount since January 24, 2000. Lake City, Kingstree and Beaufort warmed to 73 degrees for a Friday high temperature. The unsettled weather continued on Saturday with scattered thunderstorms embedded in the passing rains. At 5:15 p.m., instruments at Fort Sumter measured winds gusting to 55 mph. Clinton received 1.86 inches, Saluda 1.84 inches and Summerville 1.45 inches. Conway's thermometer indicated a Saturday maximum temperature of 75 degrees. Cooler, more seasonal weather was observed on Sunday. At 3:00 p.m., sunny skies were observed at all reporting airports. Maximum temperatures ranged from 57 degrees at Anderson to 65 degrees at Sullivan's Island. The state average temperature for the seven-day period was three degrees below the long-term average.

The highest official temperature reported was 77 degrees at Pinopolis on January 10. The lowest official temperature reported was -5 degrees at Caesars Head on January 7. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 2.87 inches at Catawba ending at 7:00 a.m. on January 11. The state average rainfall for the seven-day period was 1.4 inches.


                              Weekly   Jan 1   Departure   
        Anderson AP            2.45     2.88       0.6  
           Greer AP            2.59     2.84       1.4
   Charlotte, NC AP            2.14     2.64       1.3
  Columbia Metro AP            2.77     3.01       1.7
      Orangeburg AP            0.91     1.44      -0.1
Augusta, GA Bush AP            1.64     2.09       0.6
        Florence AP            1.24     1.79       0.5
  N Myrtle Beach AP            0.44     1.20      -0.2
      Charleston AP            0.53     1.48       0.1
    Savannah, GA AP            0.31     1.47       0.2



Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.  


4-inch depth soil temperature: Columbia 53 degrees, Charleston 58 degrees.


South Carolina river stages were near to above normal. The ocean water temperature at Springmaid Pier Myrtle Beach was reported at 49 degrees.

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