As January 2002 ended, it felt more like early Spring with record warm afternoons in the upper 70's to around 80 degrees Monday through Friday. On Thursday the average temperature of 71 degrees in Columbia tied as the warmest day in January in over fifty years. A few isolated rainshowers were observed during the day on Friday but amounts were light. Much cooler weather invaded the state on Saturday with temperatures falling off by at least twenty degrees. On Sunday, high cloudiness, cool north winds and occasional raindrops made for a indoor type of day. For the period the state average temperature was fifteen degrees above normal.
PRECIPITATION AND TEMPERATURE DATA
The highest temperature was 87 degrees at Allendale on February 1. The lowest temperature reported was 28 degrees at Union and Salem on the morning of February 3. The greatest 24-hour rainfall reported was 0.18" at Pickens ending at 7:00 a.m. on February 1. The average statewide rainfall for the period was 0.0".
Precipitation Period 2002 Deviation* Temperature Location Total Total From Avg. Maximum Minimum Greer 0.02 4.86 0.0A 78 34 Columbia 0.00 2.47 2.6B 80 32 Florence 0.00 1.65 2.8B 84 35 Charleston 0.00 2.42 2.0B 82 38 N Myrtle Beach 0.02 0.78 3.2B 75 36 Augusta, Ga. 0.01 2.65 2.3B 82 31 *A=Above, B=Below
Note: Weekly rainfall amounts are for the period ending midnight Monday through midnight Sunday
4 inch depth average soil temperature: Columbia 54 degrees.
RIVERS AND SURF
South Carolina river stages were below to near normal.
Surf temperatures at Myrtle Beach and Savannah will average around 51 degrees.