Cold, dry air started the week as the last patches of snow began to disappear. On Wednesday morning the mercury dropped into the teens and 20's over most inland sites. As the Arctic type high pressure positioned southeast of the area, more southerly winds helped to moderate temperatures. On Thursday, light, warming winds and sunny skies pushed high temperatures into the upper 60's and low 70's. A frontal boundary created widespread rains on Saturday and into the night before departing east. Mostly sunny and cooler conditions ended the week. For the period, the state average temperature was two degrees above normal.
PRECIPITATION AND TEMPERATURE DATA
The highest temperature was 72 degrees at Allendale, Cades and Givhans on January 10. The lowest temperature reported was 15 degrees at Caesars Head on the morning of January 8. The greatest 24-hour rainfall reported was 1.00" at Allendale ending at 7:00 a.m. on January 13. The average statewide rainfall for the period was 0.8".
Precipitation Period 2002 Deviation* Temperature Location Total Total From Avg. Maximum Minimum Greer 0.04 1.01 0.8B 68 21 Columbia 0.60 1.55 0.3B 69 24 Florence 0.47 1.07 0.7B 70 22 Charleston 0.79 1.73 0.0A 70 27 N Myrtle Beach E0.45 0.90 0.4B 68 28 Augusta, Ga. 0.62 1.79 0.0A 70 19 *A=Above, B=Below
Note: Weekly rainfall amounts are for the period ending midnight Monday through midnight Sunday
4 inch depth average soil temperature: Columbia 47 degrees.
RIVERS AND SURF
South Carolina river stages were below normal.
Surf temperatures at Myrtle Beach and Savannah will average around 50 degrees.