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February 6, 2017 - February 12, 2017


Sandy Springs and Newberry reported a Monday minimum temperature of 28 degrees. Summerville reached a mild 72 degrees for their afternoon high temperature. Warming south to southwest winds on Tuesday sent the mercury to 79 degrees at Barnwell. Thundershowers drifted east during the evening hours leaving rainfall amounts of 0.84 inches in Anderson, 0.78 inches at Walterboro and 0.65 inches in North. A few leftover showers on Wednesday did not prevent the temperature from climbing to 74 degrees at Jamestown and McClellanville. A near midnight thunderstorm at Anderson produced small hail. The weeks of early warming across the Lowcountry have resulted in noticeable tree pollen. A strong line of thunderstorms traveled across the state into Thursday's daylight bringing colder air and gusting west winds. At 7:02 a.m., Sassafras Mountain noted 32 degrees. Winds reached 42 mph at Charleston AP, and 39 mph at Aiken AP, Orangeburg AP and McEntire ANG AP. "Blow out" tides at the Myrtle Beach State Park Pier were measured at -2.208 feet MLLW and aided teams of oyster and clam gatherers in protected bays and inlets. Temperatures on Thursday afternoon fell away from the previous day's mild conditions by around 10 to 15 degrees. A hard freeze on Friday morning moved the temperature to 22 degrees at Rock Hill and Whitmire. A freezing contour of 32 degrees was located from near Allendale, eastward through Moncks Corner to N Myrtle Beach. Hilton Head reported a low temperature of 36 degrees. Lake City and Bishopville made it to an afternoon high of 54 degrees. With most of the colder air moving eastward across the northern counties, Saturday saw a dramatic rebound back into the 70's. Shaw AFB and Allendale came in with a Saturday high temperature of 74 degrees. On Sunday morning, the Greenville-Spartanburg AP morning low temperature of 61 degrees was that site's mildest since October 20, 2016, and was on its way to a date record 81 degrees at 2:57 p.m. The Columbia Metro AP also set a date record of 79 degrees. Myrtle Beach International AP and Hilton Head Island both reported 81 degrees. During the evening hours, another weak boundary of cooler air was entering the northern counties.

The highest official temperature reported was 82 degrees at Table Rock State Park on February 12. The lowest official temperature reported was 21 degrees at Jocassee 8WNW on February 10. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 1.00 inches at Myrtle Beach City ending at 7:00 a.m. on February 8. The state average rainfall for the seven-day period was 0.6 inches. The state average temperature for the seven-day period was nine degrees above the long-term average.


  Weekly Jan 1 Departure
Anderson AP 1.52 5.77 0.2
Greer AP 0.69 5.21 -0.2
Charlotte, NC AP 0.61 6.37 1.7
Columbia Metro AP 0.27 7.46 2.4
Orangeburg AP 0.54 5.83 0.6
Augusta, GA Bush AP 0.86 11.04 5.6
Florence AP 0.71 4.08 -0.4
N Myrtle Beach AP 0.76 2.85 -2.2
Charleston AP 0.36 4.14 -0.9
Savannah, GA AP 0.12 6.73 1.8

Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.


4-inch depth soil temperature: Clinton 54 degrees. Columbia 60 degrees. Barnwell 51 degrees. Mullins 61 degrees.


South Carolina river stages were much below to below normal across the Upstate and eastward into the Midlands and near to below normal for the central coast and Lowcountry. Charleston Harbor Custom House reported a water temperature of 58 degrees. Sunset Beach, NC, Nearshore Buoy (NDBC 41024) reported a water temperature of 54 degrees.

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