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January 17, 2011 - January 23, 2011


Cold and cloudy conditions were observed on Monday with most locations reporting afternoon high temperatures in the 40's. Showers formed late in the day and by Tuesday morning Allendale had measured 0.60 inches of rain and Greenwood, 0.50 inches of rain. Fog, mist and light rain continued into Wednesday morning. Ridgeville, Summerville and the Charleston AP received 0.45 inches of rain. Surface winds on Thursday became more southerly helping to push high temperatures to 63 degrees at Hunts Bridge, Clinton, Givhans, Bamberg and Hilton Head Island. A cold front entered the state overnight. On Friday morning, Cedar Creek and Johnston recorded 27 degrees. An area of low pressure moved along the immediate coast Saturday morning with light snow being reported at 10:30 a.m. in Bluffton. The high temperature in N Myrtle Beach only made it to 39 degrees. Freezing air settled over South Carolina on Sunday morning. It was 16 degrees in Florence and 24 degrees in Beaufort. The state was divided Sunday by clouds to the north and mostly sunny skies to the south. Allendale and Hardeeville recorded Sunday high temperatures of 55 degrees. The state average temperature for the seven-day period was four degrees below normal.

The highest official temperature reported was 66 degrees at Witherbee on January 20. The lowest official temperature reported was 14 degrees at the Rock Hill AP, Cedar Creek and Bennettsville on January 23. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 0.64 inches at Ridgeville ending at 7:00 a.m. on January 18. The state average rainfall for the period was 0.3 inches.


                       Weekly   Jan 1   Departure     
                        Total   Total   from Avg
         Greer           0.15    1.69     -1.6
      Anderson           0.13    1.50     -1.9
      Columbia           0.30    1.34     -2.1
    Orangeburg           0.45    1.66     -1.7
 Charlotte, NC           0.05    0.97     -2.0
   Augusta, GA           0.53    1.63     -1.7  
      Florence           0.32    0.81     -2.3
N Myrtle Beach           0.30    0.85     -1.9
    Charleston           0.39    1.49     -1.6
  Savannah, GA           0.39    1.19     -1.8

Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.  


4-inch depth soil temperature: Columbia 48 degrees, Charleston 48 degrees.


South Carolina river stages were below normal. Ocean water temperatures at Springmaid Pier Myrtle Beach were reported at 43 degrees.

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