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January 30, 2017 - February 5, 2017


Mullins reported a Monday low temperature of 31 degrees. Hilton Head Island reached a seasonal 59 degrees under sunny skies. On Tuesday morning, Holly Hill and the McEntire ANG AP noted more sub-freezing air at 31 degrees. During the afternoon hours, surface winds shifted southwest with temperatures moving into the 70's. Bennettsville, Orangeburg and Allendale all reached 73 degrees. January ended with a rainfall range of 13.17 inches at Aiken to 2.03 inches at N Myrtle Beach. Sunny, warm weather was observed on Wednesday, February 1, with afternoon high temperatures of 75 degrees at Florence, Georgetown, Barnwell and Charleston. Southwest winds gusted to 29 mph at Columbia and Orangeburg. At 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, it was a spring-like 76 degrees in the shade at Sumter, Columbia and Beaufort. A few showers entered the state on Thursday evening leaving 0.25 inches of rain at Winnsboro and 0.23 inches for Calhoun Falls and Hartsville. Light rainfall amounts on Friday fell along a southward-moving cold front from Aiken into Myrtle Beach. Saturday returned to winter with early morning minimum temperatures falling to 20 degrees at Table Rock and 34 degrees for Moncks Corner. At 3:00 p.m., Greenville, Aiken and Conway were sunny and 45 degrees. Cedar Creek's Sunday morning low temperature of 24 degrees climbed 38 degrees to an afternoon value of 62 degrees. Instruments at John's Island AP indicated a few clouds and 64 degrees at 3:15 p.m. Although the state's February long-term average rainfall is 3.91 inches, that average has ranged from 8.45 inches in 1939 to just 0.76 inches in 1947.

The highest official temperature reported was 79 degrees at Cades on February 2 and at Hilton Head Island on February 3. The lowest official temperature reported was 19 degrees at Sassafras Mountain on February 4 and at Walhalla on February 5. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 0.44 inches at Pelion ending at 7:00 a.m. on February 3. The state average rainfall for the seven-day period was 0.1 inches. The state average temperature for the seven-day period was four degrees above the long-term average.


  Weekly Jan 1 Departure
Anderson AP 0.01 4.25 -0.3
Greer AP 0.00 4.52 0.0
Charlotte, NC AP 0.04 5.76 1.8
Columbia Metro AP 0.15 7.19 3.0
Orangeburg AP 0.05 5.29 0.8
Augusta, GA Bush AP 0.05 10.18 5.6
Florence AP 0.11 3.37 -0.4
N Myrtle Beach AP 0.06 2.09 -2.1
Charleston AP 0.00 3.78 -0.5
Savannah, GA AP 0.00 6.61 2.4

Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.


4-inch depth soil temperature: Clinton 49 degrees. Columbia 54 degrees. Barnwell 46 degrees. Mullins 41 degrees.


South Carolina river stages were much below to below normal across the Upstate and eastward into the Midlands and near normal for the central coast and Lowcountry. Charleston Harbor Custom House reported a water temperature of 55 degrees. Sunset Beach, NC, Nearshore Buoy (NDBC 41024) reported a water temperature of 54 degrees.

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