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February 1, 2010 - February 7, 2010


February began with another hard freeze. The Hartsville AP recorded a minimum temperature of 19 degrees Monday morning. Wet weather came early Tuesday to the coast with Hardeeville measuring 0.89 inches by 7:00 a.m. Blowing light rain or drizzle was reported throughout the day. Georgetown AP received 1.21 inches of rain for the 24-hours ending Wednesday morning. A cold front entered the westernmost counties of the state Thursday afternoon with Walhalla observing light snow at 4:40 p.m. Low pressure traveled along the boundary and produced heavy rains that continued through Friday. At 10:00 a.m. Friday, Greer reported rain, 33 degrees and northeast winds gusting to 28 mph. At the same time, Beaufort indicated 63 degrees with southeast winds gusting to 30 mph. Springmaid Pier observed a peak wind of 45 mph and a minimum barometric pressure value of 29.42 inches of mercury as the storm feature passed off to the northeast. The Jocassee Dam measured a rainfall event total of 3.43 inches. Gray skies and lingering showers stayed for much of Saturday. Partial clearing allowed for parts of the state to observe some sunshine hours on Sunday. Beaufort's 52-degree high temperature Sunday made it one of the few locations to reach 50 degrees. Many South Carolina rivers from the Piedmont to the coast were near or exceeding flood stage. The state average temperature for the period was 4 degrees below normal.

The highest official temperature reported was 67 degrees at Jamestown on February 5. The lowest official temperature reported was 15 degrees at Rock Hill AP on February 1. The heaviest official 24-hour rain reported was 2.07 inches at North Inlet (Georgetown County) ending at 7:00 a.m. on February 6. The state average rainfall for the period was 2.0 inches.



                       Weekly   Jan 1   Departure     
                        Total   Total   from Avg
         Greer           2.80    8.37      3.0
      Anderson           2.63    7.90      2.3
      Columbia           1.48    4.66     -1.0
    Orangeburg           1.04    6.57      0.9
 Charlotte, NC           2.59    7.47      2.6
   Augusta, GA           1.40    6.79      1.2
      Florence           1.64    4.94      0.1
N Myrtle Beach           2.45    4.89      0.4
    Charleston           1.63    8.09      3.2
  Savannah, GA           1.95    8.23      3.5   

Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.  


4-inch depth soil temperature: Columbia 48 degrees, Charleston 52 degrees.


South Carolina river stages were above normal. Ocean water temperatures at Springmaid Pier Myrtle Beach were reported at 47 degrees.

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