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January 12, 2015 - January 18, 2015


Heavy rains developed on Monday morning for the southern counties and then spread northward. The morning measurement at McColl indicated 2.78 inches of rain had fallen. Flooding rains in the Flat Creek community near Lancaster covered low lying roadways, damaged shoulder drain culverts and were blamed for a fatality. Multi-day measurements for the event included Dillon (3.02 inches), Winnsboro (2.91 inches), Hartsville (2.89 inches), McEntire ANG AP (2.70 inches), McBee (2.46 inches) and Shaw AFB (2.35 inches). A rainy Winnsboro reported a Monday high temperature of just 45 degrees while a distant Georgetown made it to a mild 67 degrees. At 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, Shaw AFB in Sumter reported 46 degrees, blowing drizzle on northeast winds at 21 mph. Damp, cold weather was observed on Wednesday. At 11:00 a.m., the thermometers at Greenville, Sumter and Florence were indicating a near freezing 34 degrees. The highest temperature recorded at Chester, Marion, Hemingway, Conway and Johnston was only 37 degrees. Thursday's sunrise temperature at Kings Mt. National Military Park and Cedar Creek was 28 degrees. Lake City and McCormick only made it to 41 degrees before sunset. Light rains again returned during the evening hours. By Friday morning, 0.25 inches had fallen at Summerville, 0.22 inches at Barnwell and 0.21 inches at Sullivan's Island. Late day breaks for partial sun arrived on Friday. Saturday morning temperatures fell to a freezing 30 degrees as far south as Andrews and Summerville. A compact area of near-shore low pressure moved northeastward on Saturday night bringing scattered rains for the coastal plain that included claps of thunder. Rainfall measurements taken at around 7:00 a.m. on Sunday morning showed that 0.79 inches fell in Marion. Hemingway received 0.49 inches and Kingstree measured 0.48 inches. At 1:57 p.m. on Sunday, Shaw AFB recorded west winds gusting to 35 mph. Edisto Beach reached a "warm for the date" 68 degrees on Sunday afternoon. The state average temperature for the seven-day period was near the long-term average.

The highest official temperature reported was 70 degrees at Walterboro on January 18. The lowest official temperature reported was 24 degrees at Hunts Bridge, Jocassee 8WNW, Chesnee, Sandy Springs, and Spartanburg on January 17. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 3.17 inches at the USGS Bennettsville Pee Dee River site on January 12. The state average rainfall for the seven-day period was 1.1 inches.


                              Weekly   Jan 1    Departure 
        Anderson AP            0.05     2.14       0.0
           Greer AP            0.22     2.77       0.5
   Charlotte, NC AP            1.04     1.75      -0.3
  Columbia Metro AP            1.18     1.89      -0.2
      Orangeburg AP            1.07     1.28      -0.9
Augusta, GA Bush AP            0.44     0.94      -1.3
        Florence AP            1.36     1.53      -0.4 
  N Myrtle Beach AP            1.45     1.76      -0.2
      Charleston AP            1.42     1.83      -0.3
    Savannah, GA AP            1.98     2.50       0.5


Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.  


4-inch depth soil temperature: Columbia 51 degrees, Charleston 53 degrees.


South Carolina river stages were near normal. Charleston Harbor reported a water temperature of 51 degrees and Springmaid Pier at Myrtle Beach reported a surf water temperature of 49 degrees.

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