Areas of dense fog were reported Monday morning before periods of rain developed near mid-day along a frontal boundary. At 3:00 p.m., Charleston was within the warmer air mass and reporting 69 degrees. At the same, time Anderson's temperature was 45 degrees. Skies were slow to clear on Tuesday and most sites remained mild. Colder temperatures overspread the state on Wednesday behind gusting northwest winds. By Friday morning and under calm conditions, the mercury had fallen to the mid-20's over many locations. A full day of warming sunshine on Saturday helped push the temperature into the mid and upper 60's. Clouds returned on Sunday with occasional light showers. For the period, the state average temperature was two degrees above normal
The highest official temperature reported was 75 degrees at Pritchardville on January 23. The lowest official temperature reported was 19 degrees at Cheraw and Cedar Creek on the morning of January 27. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 1.11 inches at West Pelzer ending at 7:00 a.m. on January 24. The average statewide rainfall for the period was 0.5 inches.
PRECIPITATION AND TEMPERATURE DATA
Precipitation Weekly Jan 1 Deviation Total Total From Avg Greer 0.64 3.81 -0.3 Columbia 0.47 2.76 -1.6 Orangeburg 0.19 2.63 -1.6 Charlotte, NC 0.44 3.11 -0.6 Augusta, GA 0.58 3.27 -0.9 Florence 0.26 2.03 -1.8 Myrtle Beach 0.69 2.40 -1.0 Charleston 0.61 2.60 -1.2 Savannah, GA 0.75 2.38 -1.3 Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.
SOIL: 4-inch depth average soil temperature: Columbia 51 degrees.
RIVERS AND SURF: South Carolina river stages were near normal. Surf temperatures at Myrtle Beach and Savannah will average around 53 degrees.