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February 8, 2016 - February 14, 2016


Arctic-sourced cold arrived for the Upstate on Monday with gusting northwest winds driving the freezing temperatures into the Lowcountry. At 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday morning, light snow was reported at the Walhalla Fish Hatchery. Flurries were observed as far south as St. Matthews. "Heat-robbing" winds gusted to 41 mph at the Lake Murray Dam, 36 mph at Anderson, Beaufort and Florence. The high at Johnston only made to 38 degrees. On Wednesday February 11, the thermometer at Rock Hill registered 18 degrees. Folly Beach recorded 31 degrees. At noon, the Greenwood AP (KGRD) noted a frigid 33 degrees with west winds gusting to 29 mph. Newberry's high temperature struggled to reach 37 degrees. West winds at the Columbia Metro AP peaked at 37 mph. Temperatures on Thursday morning fell to 18 degrees at the Kings Mountain National Military Park and 24 degrees at Holly Hill. Barnwell, Walterboro and Mullins shared a Thursday high temperature of 46 degrees. Winter precipitation moved into the northern Midlands and mountains on Friday morning. At 9:10 a.m., snow was falling in Whitmire. Snowshowers fell from Oconee County across the highest elevations into York County. At noon, Spartanburg and Rock Hill were a cold 28 degrees with light snow. Table Rock measured an even one- inch of snow and the town of Inman reported a one-half-inch total. A sliver of milder air made an attempt in returning for the southern-most coastal counties allowing Beaufort a Friday high temperature of 56 degrees. Saturday started cold and clear. It was 21 degrees at Cedar Creek, 22 degrees in Dillon and 31 degrees at N Inlet Winyah Bay. At 4:00 p.m., the Clemson-Oconee AP (KCEU) and Columbia's Hamilton-Owens AP (KCUB) noted a relative humidity value of 13 percent. Very cold air settled into the state for Sunday morning with 19 degrees for Chesnee, 21 degrees at Florence and Shaw AFB, and 27 degrees at Edisto Beach. The 32 degrees at Hilton Head Island was the ninth time that location had reported a freeze this winter. At 8:54 a.m. on Sunday morning, the surf water temperature at Springmaid Pier Myrtle Beach moved to its lowest of the season at 46.2 degrees. Runway instruments at Myrtle Beach International AP (KMYR) noted a crest of barometric pressure at 10:00 a.m. of 30.57 inches of mercury. The Greenville-Spartanburg AP Sunday high temperature never climbed above freezing (31 degrees), thus making it their coldest afternoon since January 8, 2015.

The highest official temperature reported was 66 degrees at Hilton Head Island on February 12. The lowest official temperature reported was 11 degrees at Sassafras Mt. on February 10. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 0.25 inches at Summerville ending at 7:00 a.m. on February 9. The state average rainfall for the seven-day period was 0.1 inches. The state average temperature for the seven-day period was eight degrees below the long-term average.


  Weekly Jan 1 Departure
Anderson AP 0.29 4.86 -1.0
Greer AP 0.04 5.20 -0.5
Charlotte, NC AP 0.01 3.03 -1.9
Columbia Metro AP 0.05 3.67 -1.6
Orangeburg AP 0.03 5.90 0.4
Augusta, GA Bush AP 0.00 3.80 -2.0
Florence AP 0.07 5.05 0.4
N Myrtle Beach AP 0.02 6.20 0.9
Charleston AP 0.08 6.73 1.5
Savannah, GA AP 0.08 6.20 1.1

Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.


4-inch depth soil temperature: Columbia 48 degrees, Charleston (NA).


South Carolina river stages were near normal. The Charleston Harbor Ravenel Bridge reported a water temperature of 49 degrees. Springmaid Pier at Myrtle Beach reported a surf water temperature of 47 degrees.

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