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February 6 - February 12, 2012


At 1:00 p.m. on Monday, the temperature at McEntire ANG AP was reported at 46 degrees which was 30 degrees colder than the same time the day before. With no warming sunshine, afternoon high temperatures across the state settled into the 40's. Freezing was observed on Tuesday morning for locations in central South Carolina and north into the Piedmont. Passing sprinkles moved eastward during the evening across the Upstate. A late push of mild air moved into the southern coastal plain, allowing Beaufort to reach 68 degrees on Wednesday afternoon. Pelion noted 24 degrees on Thursday morning. Sandhill and Cheraw recorded a Thursday high temperature of 53 degrees. Rock Hill and Hartsville started Friday with a frosty sunrise and 27 degrees. During the afternoon hours, the season's second arctic-sourced airmass began charging southeast into the northernmost counties. Limited moisture ahead of the cold front supported a few showers but most of the state remained dry. The Georgetown AP measured one of the heavier totals with just 0.14 inches. Strong northwest winds on Saturday gusted to 52 mph at Fort Johnson and at 43 mph at the Charleston AP and McEntire ANG AP. On Sunday morning, temperatures fell to their lowest since January 4. Saluda and Johnston recorded 17 degrees. Newberry and Little Mountain were close with 19 degrees. Even with a full day of clear, sunny skies, the Sunday afternoon temperature hovered in the 40's. The Sunday maximum temperature at Hartsville and Walterboro climbed to just 46 degrees. The state average temperature for the seven-day period was three degrees below normal.

The highest official temperature reported was 70 degrees at Givhans on February 8. The lowest official temperature reported was 10 degrees at Caesars Head on February 12. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 0.26 inches at N Inlet in Georgetown County ending at 7:00 a.m. on February 11. The state average rainfall for the period was 0.0 inches.


                            Weekly   Jan 1   Departure     
                            Total    Total    from Avg
         Greer AP            0.00     4.24     -1.2
      Anderson AP            0.00     4.59     -0.9
      Columbia Metro AP      0.00     1.77     -3.3
    Orangeburg AP            0.00     1.79     -3.4
 Charlotte, NC AP            0.00     2.74     -2.0
   Augusta, GA Bush AP       0.01     1.42     -4.1
      Florence AP            0.00     1.31     -3.1
N Myrtle Beach AP            0.12     1.41     -3.6
    Charleston AP            0.00     0.65     -4.3
  Savannah, GA AP            0.00     1.45     -3.5
Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.  


4-inch depth soil temperature: Columbia 52 degrees, Charleston 53 degrees.


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

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