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January 22 - January 28, 2007


Cold rains fell early in the week. Cloudy skies suppressed any warming and afternoon temperatures were reported in the upper 40's. High pressure drifted south on Wednesday delivering drying sunshine but adding to the cold. On Thursday morning, locations across the western half of South Carolina observed minimum temperatures in the teens. Just as quickly as the freezing air came it was replaced on Saturday with a day of full sun, light winds, and the mercury climbing into the 60's. During the overnight hours on Saturday a fast moving area of showers passed through central and eastern counties. The Walterboro observer reported a rainfall total of 0.70 inches. Another surge of arctic type air raced into the state on Sunday evening. At 9:50 p.m. a National Weather Service sensor in Pineville measured winds gusting to 51 mph. By midnight, sub-freezing air was rapidly spreading over South Carolina. For the period, the state average temperature was one degree below normal.

The highest official temperature reported was 68 degrees at Jamestown on January 27. The lowest official temperature reported was 16 degrees at Pageland and Pelion on the morning of January 26. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 1.55 inches at Lake Greenwood ending at 7:00 a.m. on January 22. The average statewide rainfall for the period was 0.8 inches.


                 Weekly   Jan 1  Deviation
                 Total   Total   From Avg
Greer             0.02    4.67      0.7
Columbia          0.73    3.06     -1.1
Orangeburg        1.07    3.58     -0.5
Charlotte, NC     0.03    3.38     -0.2
Augusta, GA       1.08    3.04     -1.0
Florence          0.97    2.50     -1.2
Myrtle Beach      1.34    3.28      0.0
Charleston        1.49    3.83      0.1
Savannah, GA      0.89    2.72     -0.9

Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.  


4-inch depth average soil temperature: Columbia 50 degrees.


South Carolina river stages were near to above normal. Ocean water temperatures at Springmaid Pier Myrtle Beach were reported at 49 degrees.

For additional information contact tylerw@dnr.sc.gov or by calling (803) 734-9100.

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