Out of season warmth continued for most of the week. Daily high temperatures in the 70's were common. On Thursday, Columbia's average temperature of 70 degrees was twenty six degrees above normal. During the evening hours Thursday, a strong cold front pushed southeastward across the state. The collision of warm, moist conditions with the dry and cold air produced heavy rains, damaging high winds and at least one tornado in Laurens County. Several locations measured rainfall amounts exceeding two inches. After slow clearing on Saturday, sunny, blue skies and falling temperatures ended the period. For the period, the state average temperature was eleven degrees above normal.
The highest official temperature reported was 78 degrees at Florence, Darlington and Pee Dee on January 13. The lowest official temperature reported was 27 degrees at Long Creek on the morning of January 16. The heaviest 24-hour rainfall reported was 2.85 inches at Bennettsville ending at 7:00 a.m. on January 14. The average statewide rainfall for the period was 1.3 inches.
PRECIPITATION AND TEMPERATURE DATA
Precipitation Weekly Jan 1 Deviation Total Total From Avg Greer 0.66 0.9 -1.5 Columbia 1.22 1.2 -1.3 Orangeburg 1.48 1.5 -1.0 Charlotte, NC 1.11 1.1 -1.0 Augusta, GA 1.29 1.4 -1.0 Florence 1.29 1.3 -1.0 Myrtle Beach 0.40 0.4 -1.6 Charleston 1.16 1.2 -1.1 Savannah, GA 0.69 0.7 -1.5 Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.
SOIL: 4 inch depth average soil temperature: Columbia 49 degrees.
RIVERS AND SURF: South Carolina river stages were near normal. Surf temperatures at Myrtle Beach and Savannah will average around 47 degrees.