Springlike warmth started the week with many locations across eastern South Carolina reporting high temperatures near or above 70 degrees. A cold front slipped into the state on Tuesday with light showers and winds gusting to over 40 mph. There were reports of isolated power disruptions. Clouds remained in place along the frontal boundary keeping temperatures below normal on Wednesday and preceded more cold air. On Thursday, an upper air feature set the stage for winter weather with light sleet across the north midlands and snowfalls of around one inch over the higher elevations in the mountains before changing to a cold rain. Cloudy conditions remained in the area through Saturday. Sunday briefly warmed under a few hours of sunshine before more clouds returned and early evening showers once again moved into the state. The average statewide temperature for the period was near normal.
PRECIPITATION AND TEMPERATURE DATA
The highest temperature reported was 75 degrees at Pee Dee, Cades, Conway and Jamestown on February 3. The lowest temperature was 23 degrees at Salem on the morning of February 5. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 1.25"at Summerville ending at 7:00 a.m. on February 7. The average statewide rainfall for the period was 0.8.
Precipitation Period 2003 Deviation* Temperature Location Total Total From Avg. Maximum Minimum Greer 0.88 2.79 2.9B 68 26 Columbia 0.59 2.02 3.9B 71 30 Florence 0.16 0.86 4.2B 74 29 Charleston 0.48 1.52 3.6B 72 35 N Myrtle Beach 0.95 1.88 2.9B 68 32 Augusta, Ga. 0.68 2.68 3.2B 72 26 A=Above, B=Below
Note: Weekly rainfall amounts are for the 24-hour period ending midnight Sunday.
4 inch depth average soil temperature: Columbia 48 degrees.
RIVERS AND SURF
South Carolina river stages were reported near normal.
Surf temperatures at Myrtle Beach and Savannah will average around 48 degrees.