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January 11, 2010 - January 17, 2010


Monday morning temperatures bottomed out in the middle teens for most of inland South Carolina. Allendale reported 15 degrees. A slow moderation to the cold spell began on Tuesday and by Thursday many locations recorded afternoon high temperatures in the more seasonable 50's. Onshore winds, over cold ocean waters, limited the high temperature at Springmaid Pier however, to just 46 degrees. After a "near freezing" start on Friday, Barnwell warmed to 69 degrees. The 66 degrees at Hunts Bridge and the 65 degrees at Columbia were the highest afternoon temperatures in three weeks. Wet weather arrived Saturday and would continue overnight and into Sunday morning with periods of heavy rain and occasional thunder. Jocassee Dam measured an event total of 2.84 inches. Bamberg totaled 2.71 inches and the Charleston AP received 2.55 inches. Unlike in the prior weeks of freezing mornings, Sunday's sunrise temperatures, aided by southwest winds, greeted early risers with mild 60-degree, humid air. Partial clearing from the west occurred Sunday evening. The state average temperature for the period was 3 degrees below normal.

The highest official temperature reported was 74 degrees at Andrews on January 17. The lowest official temperature reported was 10 degrees at Pelion on January 11. The heaviest official 24-hour rain reported was 3.01 inches at Orangeburg AP ending at 7:00 a.m. on January 17. The state average rainfall for the period was 2.2 inches.


                       Weekly   Jan 1   Departure     
                        Total   Total   from Avg
         Greer           1.65    1.65     -0.7
      Anderson           2.00    2.00     -0.5
      Columbia           1.73    1.74     -0.8
    Orangeburg           3.20    3.20      0.7
 Charlotte, NC           1.65    1.66     -0.5
   Augusta, GA           2.93    2.93      0.5
      Florence           1.26    1.26     -1.1
N Myrtle Beach           0.75    0.78     -1.2
    Charleston           2.55    2.60      0.3
  Savannah, GA           2.15    2.17      0.0   

Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.  


4-inch depth soil temperature: Columbia 50 degrees, Charleston 57 degrees.


South Carolina river stages were near to above normal. Ocean water temperatures at Springmaid Pier Myrtle Beach were reported at 46 degrees.

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