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February 9, 2009 - February 15, 2009


A stretch of mild, 70-degree daily high temperatures began on Monday and continued through Friday. A boundary raced through the state on Wednesday with areas of moderate rain limited to the Upstate. Both Jocassee and Keowee dams measured just over one-half inch of rain. West winds gusted to 58 mph at the Greer Airport. Sandy Run, in Calhoun County, warmed to 78 degrees. Dry air settled into South Carolina on Thursday with near freezing temperatures reported for Friday morning. Cloudy, cool conditions were observed over the weekend with most sites reporting light rains. The Orangeburg Airport received 0.70 inches of rain on Saturday as one of the few heavier amounts. The state average temperature for the period was eight degrees above normal.

The highest official temperature reported was 79 degrees at the University of South Carolina in Columbia on February 9. The lowest official temperature reported was 27 degrees at Cedar Creek on February 13. The heaviest 24-hour rainfall reported was 0.74 inches at Table Rock ending at 7:00 a.m. on February 12. The state average rainfall for the period was 0.2 inches.


                       Weekly   Jan 1   Departure     
                        Total   Total   from Avg
         Greer           0.61    3.75     -2.8
      Columbia           0.11    1.32     -5.4
    Orangeburg           0.72    2.74     -4.0
 Charlotte, NC           0.27    3.10     -2.7
   Augusta, GA           0.12    1.72     -5.0
      Florence           0.02    1.66     -4.0
N Myrtle Beach           0.01    2.38     -3.1
    Charleston           0.07    1.46     -4.3
  Savannah, GA           0.08    1.17     -4.4   


Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.  


4-inch depth average soil temperature: Columbia 54 degrees.


South Carolina river stages were below normal. Ocean water temperatures at Springmaid Pier Myrtle Beach were reported at 50 degrees.

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