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January 30, 2012 - February 5, 2012


The early morning temperature on Monday fell to 23 degrees at Pelion and Cedar Creek. Walterboro's 27-degree start raced to a high temperature of 65 degrees on Monday afternoon. At 2:00 p.m., both the Charleston AP and the Beaufort Marine Corps Air Station reported a relative humidity value of just 15 percent. Bennettsville recorded 23 degrees on Tuesday morning. At the end of January, Table Rock had measured a rainfall total of 6.49 inches while Lake City had measured only 0.67 inches. Spring-like, 70-degree warmth began on the first day of February. Andrews, Barnwell and Allendale reached 76 degrees. Light rains moved east through the state on Wednesday evening. By Thursday morning, Chester had received 0.30 inches and Winnsboro 0.28 inches. The state's highest temperature on Thursday occurred at Givhans with 79 degrees. A boundary of colder air eased into the state during the darkness of Friday morning but any freezing was limited to the highest elevations. Both Anderson and Edisto Beach noted a Friday high temperature of 60 degrees. Saturday's passing rains fell mostly across the Foothills and Piedmont. Clemson received 0.35 inches and the Rock Hill AP received 0.62 inches. Further south and under more sunshine, Clarks Hill and Sandy Run reported afternoon high temperatures of 74 degrees. The absence of "winter cold" was never more evident on Sunday as the thermometer pushed to near or above 80 degrees for central South Carolina and parts of the Lowcountry. The Charleston AP established a date record 81 degrees. Columbia Metro AP, Holly Hill and Bennett's Point warmed to 78 degrees, a value more common in late April. The state average temperature for the seven-day period was ten degrees above normal.

The highest official temperature reported was 81 degrees at Allendale and Charleston AP on February 5. The lowest official temperature reported was 21 degrees at Chesnee on January 30. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 0.64 inches at Lake Wylie ending at 7:00 a.m. on February 5. The state average rainfall for the period was 0.1 inches.


                            Weekly   Jan 1   Departure     
                            Total    Total    from Avg
         Greer AP            0.32     4.24     -0.3
      Anderson AP            0.26     4.59      0.0
      Columbia Metro AP      0.01     1.77     -2.4
    Orangeburg AP            0.02     1.79     -2.7
 Charlotte, NC AP            0.46     2.74     -1.2
   Augusta, GA Bush AP       0.01     1.41     -3.2
      Florence AP            0.01     1.31     -2.4
N Myrtle Beach AP            0.05     1.29     -2.9
    Charleston AP            0.01     0.65     -3.6
  Savannah, GA AP            0.00     1.45     -2.8

Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.  


4-inch depth soil temperature: Columbia 59 degrees, Charleston 61 degrees.


South Carolina river stages were below normal. Ocean water temperatures at Springmaid Pier Myrtle Beach were reported at 56 degrees.

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