Sunny, spring-like weather was observed from Monday through Friday. Daily afternoon high temperatures ranged in the 70's to near 80. Late on Friday, rainshowers began across western counties. On Saturday, much colder air dropped southward on north to northeast winds. By Sunday, surface temperatures across upstate and high elevation counties were at or below freezing, changing rain to periods of sleet and snow. There were reports of sleet into the midlands. For most sites, a cold, blowing rain ended the week. Statewide temperatures for the week averaged eight degrees above normal.
PRECIPITATION AND TEMPERATURE DATA
The maximum observed temperature was 80 degrees on January 28 at Orangeburg. The minimum observed temperature was 27 degrees at Cedar Creek on the morning of January 27. The heaviest 24-hour rainfall was 0.95 inches at Loris ending 7:00 a.m. on January 25. Statewide rainfall for the period averaged 0.3 inches.
Precipitation Period 1999 Deviation* Temperature Location Total Total From Avg. Maximum Minimum Greer 0.44 3.8 0.3B 76 31 Charlotte, NC 0.04 3.9 0.2A 76 31 Columbia 0.04 3.9 0.5B 79 36 Florence FAA 0.01 7.0 3.5A 79 38 Blackville 0.22 5.4 2.2A 79 33 Augusta, GA 0.43 5.6 1.5A 78 34 Beaufort 0.00 3.4 0.3B 78 46 Charleston AP 0.29 5.0 1.5A 78 42 Myrtle Beach 0.60 5.3 1.2A 70 41*A=Above, B=Below, E=Estimate
Note: Weekly rainfall amounts are for the prior 24-hrs ending 7:00 a.m. Monday through ending 7:00 a.m. Sunday
ENERGY DEMAND AND AGRICULTURAL ADVISORY
Degree Days Actual January 1-31 Cooling Heating Columbia 2 486 Charleston 10 358 Greenville 0 597Temperatures are expected to average near normal for the week. Rainfall is expected to be near normal.
RIVERS AND SURF
Rivers are above normal.
Surf temperatures at Myrtle Beach and Savannah will average around 54 degrees.