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January 19, 2009 - January 25, 2009


After an overcast and cold Monday, snow began falling Tuesday across the Piedmont and as far south as Lady's Island near Beaufort. The three-tenths of an inch at Edisto Island was the location's most measureable snow since December 24, 1989. Catawba, in York County, measured 3 inches of snow but there were unofficial reports of up to six inches around Pageland. High latitude-sourced, sub-freezing temperatures followed the wintry precipitation into Wednesday. Early morning low temperatures plunged into the teens for all but the southern counties. Loris reported a high temperature Wednesday of only 35 degrees. Surface winds shifted to the southwest Thursday with rapidly rising temperatures. Much of the state observed middle, 60-degree mild weather on Friday afternoon. Gray skies and periods of light rain were observed over the weekend. The state average temperature for the period was three degrees below normal.

The highest official temperature reported was 69 degrees at Pritchardville on January 23. The lowest official temperature reported was 5 degree at Caesars Head on January 21. The heaviest 24-hour rainfall reported was 0.33 inches at McClellanville ending at 7:00 a.m. on January 25. The state average rainfall for the period was 0.1 inches.


                       Weekly   Jan 1   Departure     
                        Total   Total   from Avg
         Greer           0.00    2.80     -0.7
      Columbia           0.07    0.98     -2.8
    Orangeburg           0.22    1.74     -2.0
 Charlotte, NC           0.00    2.31     -0.9
   Augusta, GA           0.14    1.36     -2.2
      Florence           0.15    1.31     -2.1
N Myrtle Beach           0.31    1.79     -1.2
    Charleston           0.17    1.18     -2.1
  Savannah, GA           0.20    0.84     -2.4   


Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.  


4-inch depth average soil temperature: Columbia 49degrees.


South Carolina river stages were near normal. Ocean water temperatures at Springmaid Pier Myrtle Beach were reported at 47 degrees.

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