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January 9, 2017 - January 15, 2017


Cold, dense air covered South Carolina on January 9. Chesterfield noted a minimum temperature of 13 degrees. At 10.00 a.m., surface weather instruments at Marion County AP and both airports at Myrtle Beach recorded a barometric pressure value of 30.84 inches of mercury. The Rock Hill AP high temperature just made it to 35 degrees. There were no reported high temperatures reaching 50 degrees. On Tuesday morning, The Beaufort Marine Corps Air Station registered a low temperature of 30 degrees before light winds and bright sunshine moved the afternoon temperature to a mild 65 degrees. Light showers formed before sunrise on Wednesday, leaving parts of the Upstate 0.30 inches at Kings Mountain National Military Park and 0.09 inches at Sassafras Mountain. The central and southern coastal zones observed warming temperatures on Wednesday's southwesterly winds. Andrews and Charleston reached 74 degrees. Isolated showers were reported again from the Piedmont into the Foothills. Ninety Nine Islands received 0.27 inches. Milder air on Thursday kept the Florence low temperature to 51 degrees or 17 degrees above the date's average. Anderson made it to 72 degrees on Thursday. Hilton Head Island warmed to 77 degrees. Date record warmth was recorded on Friday afternoon with Columbia Metro AP and Charleston AP at 80 degrees. A boundary of colder air moved southward into the state on Saturday with cooler surface winds and cloudy skies. Hartsville's cloudy high temperature of 61 degrees seemed a season colder than the 77 degrees reported at a partly sunny Walterboro. A slight retreat northward to the boundary meant more warming for Sunday. Table Rock State Park, Orangeburg and McClellanville all saw high temperatures of 76 degrees. The Columbia Metro AP cited another date record of 80 degrees at 3:18 p.m.

The highest official temperature reported was 83 degrees at Cheraw 2 on January 13. The lowest official temperature reported was 8 degrees at Caesars Head and Chesnee on January 9. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 0.55 inches at Cleveland ending at 7:00 a.m. on January 11. The state average rainfall for the seven-day period was 0.0 inches. The state average temperature for the seven-day period was five degrees above the long-term average.


  Weekly Jan 1 Departure
Anderson AP 0.01 2.06 0.3
Greer AP 0.05 2.60 0.7
Charlotte, NC AP 0.03 2.71 1.0
Columbia Metro AP 0.00 4.53 2.8
Orangeburg AP 0.00 2.38 0.6
Augusta, GA Bush AP 0.00 6.43 4.6
Florence AP 0.00 2.13 0.4
N Myrtle Beach AP 0.00 0.69 -1.1
Charleston AP 0.00 0.90 -0.9
Savannah, GA AP 0.00 1.62 -0.1

Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.


4-inch depth soil temperature: Clinton 53 degrees. Columbia 59 degrees. Barnwell 51 degrees. Mullins 54 degrees.


South Carolina river stages were near to below normal. Charleston Harbor Custom House reported a water temperature of 55 degrees. Sunset Beach, NC, Nearshore Buoy (NDBC 41024) reported a water temperature of 53 degrees.

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