Warm weather dominated the work week. On Tuesday a few scattered showers were reported over the upstate. Many spring flowers responded with early blooms. Afternoon high temperatures peaked on Friday in the upper 70's and low 80's. Winter made its return on the heels of a strong cold front Friday evening. Thunderstorms were observed near the Grand Strand beaches and winds over the midlands gusted to 40 mph. Afternoon high temperatures on Saturday fell almost 30 degrees from the previous day. Low temperatures on Sunday dropped into the teens. Both Florence and Myrtle Beach reported a wind chill value of five degrees Sunday morning. Statewide temperatures for the period averaged eight degrees above normal.
PRECIPITATION AND TEMPERATURE DATA
The maximum observed temperature was 83 degrees on February 12 at Beaufort. The minimum observed temperature was 12 degrees at Cedar Creek on the morning of February 14. The heaviest 24-hour rainfall was 0.42 inches at West Pelzer ending 7:00 a.m. on February 10. Statewide rainfall for the period averaged 0.1 inches.
Precipitation Period 1999 Deviation* Temperature Location Total Total From Avg. Maximum Minimum Greer 0.21 5.3 0.9B 71 20 Charlotte, NC 0.00 4.8 0.7B 73 16 Columbia 0.06 5.6 0.4B 78 26 Florence FAA 0.22 8.5 3.4A 80 25 Blackville 0.00 7.3 1.0A 79 18 Augusta, GA 0.21 7.6 0.1B 79 22 Beaufort 0.00 5.3 0.1B 83 31 Charleston AP 0.01 6.6 1.6A 79 29 Myrtle Beach 0.32 6.4 1.4A 74 28 *A=Above, B=Below, E=EstimateNote: Weekly rainfall amounts are for the prior 24-hrs ending 7:00 a.m. Monday through ending 7:00 a.m. Sunday
ENERGY DEMAND AND AGRICULTURAL ADVISORY
Degree Days Actual February 1-14 Cooling Heating Columbia 0 180 Charleston 1 128 Greenville 0 215Temperatures are expected to average near normal for the week. Rainfall is expected to be near normal.
RIVERS AND SURF
Rivers are near normal.
Surf temperatures at Myrtle Beach and Savannah will average around 55 degrees.