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January 26, 2009 - February 1, 2009


Under cloudy conditions and occasional drizzle, temperatures held steady for most of Monday. Batesburg reported a high temperature of only 41 degrees. A northward- moving boundary of warmer air entered the state Tuesday morning with dense fog. Both Myrtle Beach and Beaufort reported visibilities of one-eighth of a mile. A cold front worked southeastward on Wednesday producing rainshowers and strong winds. The Lake Murray wind sensor recorded a gust of 46 mph. A few locations reported 70-degree temperatures ahead of the boundary and N Myrtle Beach received 0.35 inches of rain. Slow clearing began over western South Carolina on Friday while clouds lingered near the coast. Mostly sunny, seasonal weather was observed over the weekend. The state average temperature for the period was near normal.

The highest official temperature reported was 76 degrees at Longtown on January 28. The lowest official temperature reported was 17 degree at Lake Bowen on January 31. The heaviest 24-hour rainfall reported was 0.43 inches at Table Rock ending at 7:00 a.m. on January 29. The state average rainfall for the period was 0.2 inches.


                       Weekly   Jan 1   Departure     
                        Total   Total   from Avg
         Greer           0.18    2.98     -1.6
      Columbia           0.09    1.07     -3.7
    Orangeburg           0.14    1.88     -2.9
 Charlotte, NC           0.21    2.52     -1.6
   Augusta, GA           0.16    1.52     -3.1
      Florence           0.24    1.55     -2.7
N Myrtle Beach           0.40    2.19     -1.6
    Charleston           0.13    1.31     -2.9
  Savannah, GA           0.18    1.02     -3.1   


Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.  


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


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

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