Deep winter cold covered South Carolina through most of the week. Arctic high pressure, measuring 30.70 inches, replaced the previous week's warmth with single digit lows, afternoon high temperatures in the 30's and 40's and biting wind chills. On Wednesday, a rapidly passing disturbance produced snow showers across Florence County and the Pee Dee. Seasonal temperatures returned on Friday only to be forced away by an equally strong cold front late in the day on Saturday. A few light rain showers were observed over eastern South Carolina. High winds, gusting to between 40 and 50 mph early Sunday, felled trees in the upstate and caused electrical service disruptions. Caesars Head reported a high temperature Sunday of 28 degrees. For the period, the state average temperature was eight degrees below normal.
The highest official temperature reported was 68 degrees at Jamestown on January 22. The lowest official temperature reported was 7 degrees at Caesars Head on the morning of January 18. The heaviest 24-hour rainfall reported was 0.20 inches at Loris ending at 7:00 a.m. on January 23. The average statewide rainfall for the period was 0.0 inches.
PRECIPITATION AND TEMPERATURE DATA
Precipitation Weekly Jan 1 Deviation Total Total From Avg Greer 0.03 0.9 -2.3 Columbia 0.00 1.2 -2.2 Orangeburg 0.00 1.5 -2.0 Charlotte, NC 0.00 1.1 -1.8 Augusta, GA 0.01 1.4 -1.9 Florence 0.00 1.3 -1.8 Myrtle Beach 0.04 0.5 -2.2 Charleston 0.00 1.2 -1.9 Savannah, GA 0.00 0.7 -2.3 Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.
SOIL: 4 inch depth average soil temperature: Columbia 46 degrees.
RIVERS AND SURF: South Carolina river stages were near normal.
Surf temperatures at Myrtle Beach and Savannah will average around 46 degrees.