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January 16, 2017 - January 22, 2017


Monday's mostly cloudy skies for the northern counties meant afternoon high temperatures of 55 degrees for Chester while more sun for the Lowcountry moved the temperature to 69 degrees at the Beaufort Marine Corps Air Station. Tuesday began with areas of fog followed by brisk south to southwest winds. Johns Island and Summerville warmed to 77 degrees. Light westerly winds on Wednesday sent the mercury to a date record 80 degrees at the Columbia Metro AP. McEntire ANG AP and Barnwell also shared 80 degrees. A weak cold front and wind shift for the northern Midlands and Pee Dee dropped the Thursday morning temperature to 35 degrees at Whitmire and 37 degrees at Bennettsville. Sullivan's Island remained in the warm sector and reported a Thursday high temperature of 75 degrees. Overnight showers brought rainfall amounts of 0.45 inches to Caesars Head and 0.42 inches to Greenville. The Columbia Metro AP set another date record temperature (79 degrees) on Friday afternoon at 3:41 p.m. McCormick and the Georgetown AP were close with 78 degrees which was over 20 degrees higher than the date's average. On Saturday morning at 9:00 a.m., dense fog and thunder was reported at the Aiken County AP. Waves of rain and thunderstorms began arriving Saturday in association with low pressure moving along the northeastern Gulf Coast. On Saturday at 3:37 p.m., the first (EF2 rated) of two tornadoes affected northeast Barnwell County, through the Barnwell State Park and northern Bamberg County for a nearly fourteen-mile path. At 4:09 p.m., the second tornado (EF1 rated) passed near Cope in Orangeburg County. Sunday morning rainfall measurements included 2.01 inches at Sullivan's Island, 1.93 inches in Bamberg, 1.75 inches at Sandhill and 1.68 inches at Antreville. Most of South Carolina observed continuing rain on Sunday. At 7:00 a.m., heavy rain was reported at Aiken, Orangeburg, Columbia and N Myrtle Beach. The NWS Regional Weather Roundup at 11:00 p.m. had rain falling at Anderson, Chester, Newberry, Sumter and Conway. The Charleston AP received a calendar-day rain total of 1.99 inches.

The highest official temperature reported was 81 degrees at Cades on January 18. The lowest official temperature reported was 33 degrees at Ninety Nine Islands on January 19. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 2.18 inches at the Orangeburg AP ending at 7:00 a.m. on January 22. The state average rainfall for the seven-day period was 2.3 inches. The state average temperature for the seven-day period was eleven degrees above the long-term average.


  Weekly Jan 1 Departure
Anderson AP 2.05 4.11 1.5
Greer AP 1.82 4.42 1.7
Charlotte, NC AP 1.82 4.53 2.1
Columbia Metro AP 2.39 6.92 4.4
Orangeburg AP 2.70 5.08 2.4
Augusta, GA Bush AP 3.38 9.81 7.1
Florence AP 0.78 2.91 0.6
N Myrtle Beach AP 1.23 1.92 -0.5
Charleston AP 2.84 3.74 1.1
Savannah, GA AP 4.92 6.54 4.0

Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.


4-inch depth soil temperature: Clinton 54 degrees. Columbia 61 degrees. Barnwell 54 degrees. Mullins 59 degrees.


South Carolina river stages were below normal across the Upstate and near to above normal across the Midlands and Lowcountry. Charleston Harbor Custom House reported a water temperature of 58 degrees. Sunset Beach, NC, Nearshore Buoy (NDBC 41024) reported a water temperature of 58 degrees.

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