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January 31, 2011 - February 6, 2011


At 2:00 p.m. on Monday, it was 43 degrees in Rock Hill and 62 degrees in Beaufort. Spotty, light rains fell throughout the day. Most of the state observed a cloudy, cool Tuesday with the exception of Pinopolis and Summerville where afternoon sunshine allowed for a mild 68 degrees. Steady rains developed overnight along the nearly stationary boundary and by Wednesday morning Table Rock had measured 1.60 inches of rain. Barnwell received 0.94 inches and Galivants Ferry 0.73 inches. Andrews and the Georgetown AP both warmed to 76 degrees as a parcel of warm air drifted north along the coast. Colder air was introduced with Thursday's rains and resulted in reports of brief periods of sleet. Friday began with rain falling from well before sunrise and throughout most of the day. At 7:00 a.m., the Orangeburg AP reported heavy rain and 36 degrees. At 9:00 a.m., the Rock Hill AP reported mixed precipitation and 33 degrees. Soaking rains fell into Saturday. Allendale reported a three-day rainfall total of 3.60 inches while Holly Hill received 4.20 inches for the week. Records indicated the statewide rainfall totals were the heaviest since the November 30 through December 6, 2009, period. Slow clearing started from the west on Saturday and led to sunny, seasonal weather for Sunday. Conway, Beaufort and Givhans each noted a Sunday afternoon high temperature of 63 degrees. The state average temperature for the seven-day period was two degrees above normal.

The highest official temperature reported was 77 degrees at Witherbee on February 2. The lowest official temperature reported was 24 degrees at Table Rock on February 6. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 2.70 inches at Allendale ending at 7:00 a.m. on February 5. The state average rainfall for the period was 2.8 inches.


                       Weekly   Jan 1   Departure     
                        Total   Total   from Avg
         Greer           3.01    5.29      0.0
      Anderson           2.86    4.95     -0.5
      Columbia           3.11    4.81     -0.7
    Orangeburg           3.09    4.93     -0.6
 Charlotte, NC           2.42    3.79     -1.0
   Augusta, GA           3.13    5.21     -0.2
      Florence           2.94    3.78     -1.0
N Myrtle Beach           2.99    4.61      0.2
    Charleston           2.17    4.15     -0.6
  Savannah, GA           2.31    4.71      0.1

Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.  


4-inch depth soil temperature: Columbia 50 degrees, Charleston 53 degrees.


South Carolina river stages were near to below normal. Ocean water temperatures at Springmaid Pier Myrtle Beach were reported at 46 degrees.

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