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February 11 - February 17, 2013


At 9:00 a.m. on Monday morning, "heavy rain" was falling at Orangeburg and only an hour later, Charleston and Beaufort noted "heavy rain." The McEntire ANG AP and Hartsville AP both reached a Monday afternoon high temperature of 70 degrees. More soaking rains were observed on Tuesday for the Lowcountry. The Charleston AP again reported "heavy rain" at 5:00 a.m. Edisto Island measured a 24-hour rainfall of 2.10 inches. Thunderstorms passed over Beaufort. For the third calendar day, Charleston reported "heavy rain" at 1:00 a.m. on Wednesday morning. Sullivan's Island measured a 24-hour rainfall of 3.12 inches. Charleston's Weather Service Office personnel described the county as "muddy." Rock Hill's afternoon temperature of just 48 degrees was 28 degrees colder that the high temperature at Beaufort. Clearing, colder conditions occurred on Thursday. Much of the Upstate recorded morning low temperatures below freezing. It was 31 degrees in Newberry. Friday's sunshine and light winds helped Columbia Metro AP and Barnwell record a mild 66 degrees. A band of precipitation arrived on Saturday morning with just enough cold air forcing to change rain to snow for much of the Upstate, eastern Piedmont, north Midlands and into the Pee Dee. The heaviest snowfall was observed near Edgemoor with reliable public reports of 5.0 inches and thunder in the vicinity. Rock Hill measured 4.0 inches. Caesars Head, Chester, Spartanburg, Gaffney and Jonesville each measured 3.0 inches. Parts of Florence and Marion County received 1.5 inches and one-half inch fell over N Myrtle Beach. Graupel, "snow pellets" nearly covered the ground in Forest Acres. The Charleston AP observed light snow at 11:29 p.m., but for only 12 minutes. The heaviest (melted) precipitation total for the event was recorded at Longtown with 0.51 inches. Hartsville and Florence both received a (melted) 0.46 inches. Cold northwest winds gusted to 36 mph at Beaufort and 35 mph at the Charleston AP. Temperatures on a clear Sunday morning fell to 18 degrees at Kings Mt. State Park and 19 degrees at the Rock Hill AP. Folly Beach reported a freezing 30 degrees. The afternoon high temperature at N Myrtle Beach never made it to 40 degrees. The state average temperature for the period was near the long term average.

The highest official temperature reported was 78 degrees at Hardeeville on February 13. The lowest official temperature reported was 14 degrees at Caesars Head on February 17. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 3.88 inches at Hardeeville ending at 7:00 a.m. on February 13. The state average rainfall for the period was 1.8 inches.


                              Weekly   Jan 1   Departure     
                              Total    Total    from Avg      
        Anderson AP            0.35     6.73      0.5
           Greer AP            0.50     6.76      0.6 
   Charlotte, NC AP            0.48     5.63      0.3
  Columbia Metro AP            1.28     4.25     -1.5
      Orangeburg AP            2.57     5.73     -0.2
Augusta, GA Bush AP            2.76     6.66      0.4
        Florence AP            1.54     4.61     -0.4
  N Myrtle Beach AP            1.72     3.24     -2.5
      Charleston AP            3.46     5.59      0.1
    Savannah, GA AP            4.74     6.35      1.0
Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.  


4-inch depth soil temperature: Columbia 51 degrees, Charleston 50 degrees.


South Carolina river stages were near normal. Ocean water temperatures at Springmaid Pier Myrtle Beach were reported at 51 degrees.

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