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February 4 - February 10, 2013


The Monday morning low temperature at Dillon dropped to 21 degrees. Chester and Clinton reported an afternoon high temperature of just 47 degrees while Charleston and Barnwell reached 58 degrees. After another frosty sunrise on Tuesday, warming southwest winds began to overspread the state. At 3:00 p.m., the Rock hill AP reported southwest winds of 21 mph, gusting to 28 mph. Kingstree and Orangeburg warmed to 70 degrees. Sunny, mild weather was observed on Wednesday. At 2:00 p.m., all airports making meteorological observations reported "sunny" conditions. The Clemson AP noted a relative humidity value of just 14 percent. The thermometer at Allendale and Charleston indicated an afternoon high temperature of 75 degrees. Rains entered the state on Thursday from the southwest. Parts of west central South Carolina and eastward into the Pee Dee received a welcomed soaking into Friday morning. Some of the heaviest totals included 2.59 inches at Blackville, 2.45 inches at Allendale, 2.27 inches at Orangeburg, 1.80 inches at Darlington and 1.51 inches at Florence. Clearing skies on Friday afternoon made way for colder, drier air on Saturday. A hard freeze of 25 degrees was recorded at Walhalla, Rock Hill and Cedar Creek. Shaw AFB in Sumter reported a 3:00 p.m. relative humidity value at an "arid" 10 percent. While clouds began increasing on Sunday, Sullivan's Island reached a mild 69 degrees. Sunday evening rains moved eastward from the mountains into the Lowcountry. At 8:00 p.m., Anderson reported "heavy rain." The state average temperature for the period was two degrees above average.

The highest official temperature reported was 76 degrees at Witherbee on February 6. The lowest official temperature reported was 18 degrees at Chesnee on February 4. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 2.70 inches at Aiken and Barnwell ending at 7:00 a.m. on February 8. The state average rainfall for the period was 1.6 inches.


                              Weekly   Jan 1   Departure     
                              Total    Total    from Avg      
        Anderson AP            1.11     6.38      1.2
           Greer AP            0.97     6.26      1.1 
   Charlotte, NC AP            0.86     5.15      0.7
  Columbia Metro AP            1.76     2.97     -1.8
      Orangeburg AP            2.32     3.16     -1.8
Augusta, GA Bush AP            3.30     3.90     -1.3
        Florence AP            1.57     3.07     -1.2
  N Myrtle Beach AP            0.88     1.52     -3.3
      Charleston AP            1.78     2.13     -2.7
    Savannah, GA AP            1.06     1.61     -
Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.  


4-inch depth soil temperature: Columbia 54 degrees, Charleston 56 degrees.


South Carolina river stages were near to below normal. Ocean water temperatures at Springmaid Pier Myrtle Beach were reported at 52 degrees.

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