Most sites reported light showers early Monday morning. Light rain again followed on Wednesday morning. Dense fog, reducing visibilities to less than one quarter of a mile, were observed early Thursday as a warm front pushed northward. Afternoon high temperatures climbed into the upper 70's and lower 80's making it feel like Spring. A cold front swept through the area on Friday with heavy rains upstate, but generally light rains eastward to the coast. Frosty weather returned Saturday with minimum temperatures at or below freezing. Partly sunny skies along with a few isolated showers were reported on Sunday. For the period, the state average temperature was five degrees above normal.
PRECIPITATION AND TEMPERATURE DATA
The highest temperature was 86 degrees at Blackville on January 24. The lowest temperature reported was 23 degrees at Union on the morning of January 26. The greatest 24-hour rainfall reported was 1.38" at Clemson and Sandy Springs ending at 7:00 a.m. on January 25. The average statewide rainfall for the period was 1.0".
Precipitation Period 2002 Deviation* Temperature Location Total Total From Avg. Maximum Minimum Greer 2.19 4.84 1.0A 64 28 Columbia 0.54 2.47 1.6B 76 31 Florence 0.36 1.65 2.0B 77 31 Charleston 0.13 2.42 1.2B 79 36 N Myrtle Beach 0.17 0.76 2.4B 72 32 Augusta, Ga. 0.46 2.64 1.3B 77 28 *A=Above, B=Below
Note: Weekly rainfall amounts are for the period ending midnight Monday through midnight Sunday
4 inch depth average soil temperature: Columbia 48 degrees.
RIVERS AND SURF
South Carolina river stages were rising.
Surf temperatures at Myrtle Beach and Savannah will average around 50 degrees.