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February 2, 2009 - February 8, 2009


After an overcast start to the week, unsettled weather arrived on Tuesday with strong winds, cold rains and falling temperatures. The Darlington AP recorded northwest winds gusting to 48 mph. On Wednesday, a second, upper-level feature brought snowshowers to locations as far south as Mt. Pleasant. Portions of Chesterfield County received up to 3 inches of snow. Stinging wind chill values accompanied the cold, dry air. Bonneau Beach, along the Lake Moultrie shoreline, measured winds gusting to 46 mph. On Thursday morning, all of South Carolina reported sub-freezing temperatures. Loris recorded a high temperature of only 35 degrees. A southwesterly surface wind helped to quickly modify the cold conditions on Friday with unseasonably mild weather reported through the weekend. A long awaited spring-like day was observed on Sunday with the mercury climbing into the middle 70's. Lake Bowen, in Spartanburg County, rebounded from a nine-degree minimum temperature on Thursday morning to a 75 degree high temperature on Sunday afternoon. The state average temperature for the period was three degrees below normal.

The highest official temperature reported was 78 degrees at Hunts Bridge on February 8. The lowest official temperature reported was 3 degrees at Walhalla Hatchery on February 5. The heaviest 24-hour rainfall reported was 0.50 inches at Pageland ending at 7:00 a.m. on February 3. The state average rainfall for the period was 0.1 inches.


                       Weekly   Jan 1   Departure     
                        Total   Total   from Avg
         Greer           0.16    3.14     -2.4
      Columbia           0.14    1.21     -4.6
    Orangeburg           0.14    2.02     -3.8
 Charlotte, NC           0.31    2.83     -2.2
   Augusta, GA           0.08    1.60     -4.1
      Florence           0.09    1.64     -3.3
N Myrtle Beach           0.18    2.37     -2.3
    Charleston           0.08    1.39     -3.6
  Savannah, GA           0.07    1.09     -3.8   


Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.  


4-inch depth average soil temperature: Columbia 48 degrees.


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

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