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WEEKLY SOUTH CAROLINA WEATHER 2011

January 24, 2011 - January 30, 2011

WEATHER SUMMARY:

Light snow fell during the early morning hours on Monday over parts of the Upstate. West Pelzer measured one-half of an inch of snow. Long Creek, Walhalla and Sandy Springs received a snowfall dusting of one-tenth of an inch. Rains developed on Tuesday for the Lowcountry and expanded in coverage to the South Carolina mountains. By Wednesday morning, McCormick had a 24-hour rainfall total of 0.96 inches. Keowee Dam reported 0.83 inches and Edisto Beach reported 0.75 inches. An upper level feature over Tennessee combined with nearby building high pressure to create strong southwest winds for much of Wednesday. At the noon hour, Hilton Head Island recorded southwest winds at 29 mph, gusting to 41 mph. Several watercraft within the Charleston City Marina were left resting on a muddy bottom during Wednesday afternoon's low tide because of the "blow-out" tide phenomena. The Georgetown AP saw a Wednesday high temperature of 64 degrees. Colder air overspread the state on Thursday morning. Johnston and Winnsboro recorded a low temperature of 24 degrees. After a light frost for inland portions on Friday morning, more agreeable weather settled into the state for the weekend. Saturday's afternoon high temperatures were the mildest since January 2. Sandy Run, Barnwell and Hardeeville each noted 69 degrees. Sunday's maximum temperatures were the state's highest in a month. The thermometers at Summerville and the Columbia Metro AP indicated 75 degrees by late afternoon. The state average temperature for the seven-day period was one degree above normal.

The highest official temperature reported was 77 degrees at Allendale on January 30. The lowest official temperature reported was 22 degrees at the Rock Hill AP on January 27. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 1.10 inches at Springfield and Hardeeville ending at 7:00 a.m. on January 26. The state average rainfall for the period was 0.5 inches.

PRECIPITATION:

                             Precipitation                                                     
                       Weekly   Jan 1   Departure     
                        Total   Total   from Avg
         Greer           0.59    2.28     -2.0
      Anderson           0.59    2.08     -2.3
      Columbia           0.36    1.70     -2.8
    Orangeburg           0.18    1.84     -2.6
 Charlotte, NC           0.40    1.37     -2.5
   Augusta, GA           0.45    2.08     -2.3  
      Florence           0.03    0.84     -3.1
N Myrtle Beach           0.77    1.62     -1.9
    Charleston           0.49    1.98     -2.0
  Savannah, GA           1.21    2.40     -1.4
                 
Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.  

SOIL:

4-inch depth soil temperature: Columbia 50 degrees, Charleston 52 degrees.

RIVERS AND SURF:

South Carolina river stages were below normal. Ocean water temperatures at Springmaid Pier Myrtle Beach were reported at 45 degrees.

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