SOUTH CAROLINA WEATHER AND CLIMATE
Jan. 13-19, 1997
Most of inland South Carolina experienced near normal winter weather
for the first half of the week. On Wednesday, January 15, a wind shift to
a more southwesterly direction helped warm the state into the upper 50's
and low 60's. Counties along the immediate coast reported afternoon high
temperatures near 70 degrees. Early on Thursday morning a cold front
passed through the upstate and eventually to the coast, causing brief,
heavy rainshowers and scattered reports of thundershowers with high winds.
A secondary arctic cold front quickly followed late Thursday into Friday
with the season's coldest air. Wind chill values across upstate sites were
below zero Friday morning. Daytime high temperatures remained in the 30's
to low 40's. Saturday morning low temperatures ranged from the single digits
in the state's higher elevations to the mid 20's along the coast. A weak
upper level disturbance passed southeastward through the state on Sunday with
scattered snowshowers upstate and flurries into the midlands. Statewide
temperatures for the period averaged 8 degrees below normal.
PRECIPITATION AND TEMPERATURE DATA
The maximum observed temperature was 69 degrees on January 16 at
Myrtle Beach. The minimum observed temperature was 9 at Caesars Head on
the 17th and Union on the 18th. The heaviest official 24 -hour rainfall was
recorded at Johnston and Sandhill with 1.20" ending at 7:00 a.m. on January 16.
Statewide rainfall for the period averaged 0.7".
Period 1997 Deviation* Temperature
Location Total Total From Avg. Maximum Minimum
Greer 0.63 2.7 0.2A 52 11
Charlotte, NC 0.44 2.0 0.2B 52 15
Columbia 0.73 2.9 0.3A 58 16
Florence FAA 0.90 2.4 0.2B 62 18
Blackville 0.85 2.6 0.0A 62 18
Augusta, GA 0.78 2.7 0.3A 61 21
Beaufort NA NA NA NA NA
Charleston 0.05 2.3 0.2A 67 23
Myrtle Beach 0.40 3.3 0.8A 69 18
ENERGY DEMAND AND AGRICULTURAL ADVISORY
Columbia 0 386
Charleston 0 340
Greenville 0 451
Temperatures are expected to average near to above normal for the
week. Rainfall is expected to be near normal.
Sandhill Experiment Station in North Columbia reports an average 4-inch
depth soil temperature of 34 degrees.
RIVERS AND SURF
River stages are above normal.
Surf temperatures at Myrtle Beach and Savannah will average around 46
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