Januuary 30 - February 5, 2006


Stormy weather was reported on Monday with thunderstorms producing hail in Charleston and winds gusting to 55 mph on James Island. Additional storms were observed within the mild airmass on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Around midnight Friday, winds at the Charleston Coast Guard gusted to 65 mph. It was reported that damages to moored watercraft exceeded $300,000. A short duration tornado was confirmed near Blythewood late Saturday morning. Clearing followed into Saturday evening with west winds of 30 mph. The week ended with sunny, blue skies and afternoon temperatures in the 50's. For the period, the state average temperature was five degrees above normal.

The highest official temperature reported was 73 degrees at Orangeburg on February 3. The lowest official temperature reported was 19 degrees at Caesars Head on the morning of February 5. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 2.36 inches at Pritchardville ending at 7:00 a.m. on February 3. The average statewide rainfall for the period was 0.8 inches.


                       Weekly   Jan 1  Deviation     
                        Total   Total   From Avg
         Greer           0.27    4.08     -1.0
      Columbia           0.35    3.11     -2.3 
    Orangeburg           1.05    3.68     -1.8  
 Charlotte, NC           0.49    3.60     -1.0             	
   Augusta, GA           0.48    3.75     -1.5  
      Florence           0.29    2.32     -2.3
  Myrtle Beach           0.62    3.00     -1.2
    Charleston           1.62    4.22     -0.4     
  Savannah, GA           2.71    5.09      0.6                 


Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.  

SOIL: 4-inch depth average soil temperature: Columbia 53 degrees.

RIVERS AND SURF: South Carolina river stages were near normal. Surf temperatures at Myrtle Beach and Savannah will average around 51 degrees.