February 6 - February 12, 2006


Cold weather was observed all week along with brief periods of rain, sleet, and snow. On Monday, a frozen mixture was observed across western counties. Clear skies on Wednesday morning produced a heavy frost. Snow showers were reported Thursday over the north midlands eastward to Myrtle Beach. Both Pageland and Chesterfield measured one inch of snow. The low temperature in Loris fell to 19 degrees Friday morning. A low-pressure feature swept through the state overnight Friday with chilling rains and gusting winds in its wake. Freezing air, drawn into the exiting circulation, caused light snow to fall on the state's highest elevations. Partly sunny skies and cold northwest winds ended the week. For the period, the state average temperature was six degrees below normal.

The highest official temperature reported was 60 degrees at Ridgeville on February 7 and at Jamestown on February 8. The lowest official temperature reported was 17 degrees at Cheraw on the morning of February 10. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 0.95 inches at Greenwood ending at 7:00 a.m. on February 7. The average statewide rainfall for the period was 0.4 inches.


                       Weekly   Jan 1  Deviation     
                        Total   Total   From Avg
         Greer           0.54    4.62     -1.5
      Columbia           0.66    3.77     -2.6 
    Orangeburg           0.44    4.12     -2.0  
 Charlotte, NC           0.44    4.04     -1.4             	
   Augusta, GA           0.20    3.95     -2.3  
      Florence           0.57    2.89     -2.5
  Myrtle Beach           0.47    3.47     -1.6
    Charleston           0.33    4.55     -0.9     
  Savannah, GA           0.26    5.35      0.1


Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.  

SOIL: 4-inch depth average soil temperature: Columbia 49 degrees.

RIVERS AND SURF: South Carolina river stages were near normal. Surf temperatures at Myrtle Beach and Savannah will average around 50 degrees.