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January 18, 2010 - January 24, 2010


Mostly sunny, mild conditions settled over the state on Monday on into Wednesday. Walhalla recorded 72 degrees Wednesday afternoon. A frontal boundary approached on Thursday with areas of light rain and sharply falling temperatures. At 1:00 PM, Greenville-Spartanburg was observing light rain and 36 degrees while Hilton Head noted heavy rain and 55 degrees. At the same time, the Beaufort Marine Corps Air Station reported thunder. Gusting east to northeast winds of over 25 mph added to the chill. Cloudy skies on Friday lingered though the weekend with occasional light showers. A warm front drifted north Sunday evening ahead of rain storms moving into South Carolina from the southwest. A few locations recorded afternoon high temperatures in the 70's. Heavy rains began falling overnight in the Upstate and by midnight were affecting the Midlands and Lowcountry. Travel interruptions from flash flooding were reported from Oconee County and eastward across the high elevation counties bordering North Carolina. Strong winds, gusting in excess of 40 mph, caused downed limbs and isolated power disruptions. The state average temperature for the period was 6 degrees above normal.

The highest official temperature reported was 73 degrees at Conway on January 18, at Cades and Hardeeville on January 20 and at Jamestown on January 24. The lowest official temperature reported was 29 degrees at Jocassee, Cedar Creek and Chesnee on January 19. The heaviest official 24-hour rain reported was 2.49 inches at Greer AP on January 24. The state average rainfall for the period was 1.2 inches.


                       Weekly   Jan 1   Departure     
                        Total   Total   from Avg
         Greer           3.13    4.78      1.4
      Anderson           2.71    4.71      1.2
      Columbia           0.54    2.28     -1.3
    Orangeburg           1.07    4.27      0.7
 Charlotte, NC           2.23    3.89      0.8
   Augusta, GA           2.02    4.95      1.5
      Florence           0.85    2.11     -1.1
N Myrtle Beach           0.46    1.24     -1.6
    Charleston           1.01    3.61      0.4
  Savannah, GA           1.95    4.12      1.1   

Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.  


4-inch depth soil temperature: Columbia 51 degrees, Charleston 54 degrees.


South Carolina river stages were near to above normal. Ocean water temperatures at Springmaid Pier Myrtle Beach were reported at 48 degrees.

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