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January 26, 2015 - February 1, 2015


At 12:55 p.m. on Monday, the Beaufort AP recorded west winds gusting at 35 mph and just one hour later the N Myrtle Beach AP recorded a barometric pressure value of 29.56 inches of mercury. Both observations were part of the formation of a cyclone that would produce blizzard conditions during the next twenty-four-hours for New England. Tuesday's weather in South Carolina included gusting northwest winds and minimum temperatures as low as 22 degrees at Caesars Head and Table Rock. At 2:00 p.m., the Greenville-Spartanburg AP, Aiken and Myrtle Beach all shared a temperature of 46 degrees. Wednesday's sunrise temperatures fell to 22 degrees at Saluda, 25 degrees at Dillon and 28 degrees in Charleston. Under cloudless blue skies, the high temperature in Mullins only made it to 44 degrees. Florence, Conway and Allendale reported a Thursday minimum temperature of 25 degrees. Overcast skies at 8:00 a.m. produced a "solar halo" that was observed across the Midlands. At 1:00 p.m., sleet was reported on top of Sassafras Mountain as thin waves of precipitation rotated southeastward. Brief episodes of sleet also fell in Mauldin, Fort Mill and Clover. Mullins measured the most rainwater with 0.09 inches. Pickens and Hemingway reached 55 degrees on Friday afternoon. Mid-winter cold returned for Saturday morning. Sandy Springs reported 17 degrees and Cedar Creek was at 18 degrees. Union and Chesterfield noted 20 degrees and Anderson and McCormick were nearly as cold with 21 degrees. Seasonal temperatures made an appearance on Saturday afternoon with highs of 59 degrees in Walterboro and 58 degrees in Barnwell. January ended with a rainfall range of 5.91 inches at Hemingway and 2.38 inches at Chester. Southerly winds on Sunday delivered the week's warmest temperatures. The Orangeburg AP reached 68 degrees at 2:25 p.m. and Allendale reported a maximum of 69 degrees. Rainshowers began moving into the Upstate during the late afternoon and evening hours. The state average temperature for the seven-day period was two degrees below the long-term average.

The highest official temperature reported was 70 degrees at Walterboro and Hardeeville on February 1. The lowest official temperature reported was 16 degrees at Chesnee on January 31. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 0.52 inches at Greenville Downtown AP and Greenville-Spartanburg AP on February 1. The state average rainfall for the seven-day period was 0.1 inches.


                              Weekly   Jan 1    Departure 
        Anderson AP            0.49     3.34      -0.7
           Greer AP            0.52     4.38       0.4
   Charlotte, NC AP            0.02     2.81      -0.7
  Columbia Metro AP            0.00     2.60      -1.1
      Orangeburg AP            0.01     2.83      -1.2
Augusta, GA Bush AP            0.01     2.11      -1.9
        Florence AP            0.00     2.43      -0.9 
  N Myrtle Beach AP            0.16     4.22       0.4
      Charleston AP            0.00     3.53      -0.3
    Savannah, GA AP            0.00     4.12       0.3


Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.  


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


South Carolina river stages were near normal. Charleston Harbor reported a water temperature of 52 degrees and Springmaid Pier at Myrtle Beach reported a surf water temperature of 49 degrees.

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