Leftover rains continued into Monday with several sites totalling over three inches for the event. Both Tuesday and Wednesday started with fog as warmer air drifted north over cool, wet ground. On Thursday a weak cold front raced through the area with a few rainshowers. Early morning temperatures on Friday dropped back to freezing or below across the midlands and westward. A rapid warmup took place over the weekend as gusting south to southwest winds helped push afternoon temperatures into the 70's and 80's. Florence, Columbia, Charleston and Beaufort set daily high temperature records on Sunday. Statewide temperatures for the period averaged seven degrees above normal.
PRECIPITATION AND TEMPERATURE DATA
The maximum observed temperature was 80 degrees on February 7 at Florence, Columbia, Orangeburg, Blackville, Hartsville, Kingstree and Givhans Ferry. The minimum observed temperature was 22 degrees at Cedar Creek on the morning of February 5. The heaviest 24-hour rainfall was 2.45 inches at Anderson ending 7:00 a.m. on February 2. Statewide rainfall for the period averaged 1.8 inches.
Precipitation Period 1999 Deviation* Temperature Location Total Total From Avg. Maximum Minimum Greer 1.27 5.1 0.0 71 31 Charlotte, NC 0.97 4.8 0.2A 74 29 Columbia 1.56 5.5 0.6A 80 29 Florence FAA 1.29 8.3 3.9A 80 34 Blackville 1.64 5.3 2.1A 80 29 Augusta, GA 1.94 7.4 0.8A 80 29 Beaufort 1.86 5.3 0.8A 78 43 Charleston AP 1.65 6.6 2.4A 79 35 Myrtle Beach 1.13 6.4 1.4A 72 38*A=Above, B=Below, E=Estimate
Note: Weekly rainfall amounts are for the prior 24-hrs ending 7:00 a.m. Monday through ending 7:00 a.m. Sunday
ENERGY DEMAND AND AGRICULTURAL ADVISORY
Degree Days Actual February 1-7 Cooling Heating Columbia 0 81 Charleston 0 54 Greenville 0 97Temperatures are expected to average near normal for the week. Rainfall is expected to be near normal.
RIVERS AND SURF
Rivers are above normal. Surf temperatures at Myrtle Beach and Savannah will average around 55 degrees.