The week began with mostly sunny skies, mild temperatures and welcomed drying. On Wednesday, low pressure passed primarily to the south but managed to send a few scattered showers across the state. Cooler weather followed with frost being reported on Friday morning. A mixture of sun and clouds continued over the weekend. Afternoon temperatures on Saturday and Sunday were near normal with readings in the upper 50's and low 60's. Rivers across the eastern half of the state remain in or near flood. Logging operations have been halted as well as field preparation in low-lying farm land. Statewide temperatures averaged near normal.
PRECIPITATION AND TEMPERATURE DATA
The maximum observed temperature was 71 degrees on February 11 at Charleston AP and Beaufort. The minimum observed temperature was 22 degrees at Cedar Creek on the morning of February 15. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall was recorded at Walhalla with 0.71" ending at 7 a.m. on February 12. Statewide rainfall for the period averaged 0.2 inches.
Precipitation Period 1997 Deviation* Temperature Location Total Total From Avg. Maximum Minimum Greer 0.23 10.0 3.7A 58 31 Charlotte, NC 0.00 7.4 1.7A 60 32 Columbia 0.07 10.4 3.9A 65 28 Florence FAA 0.18 7.2 2.0A 67 31 Blackville 0.04 11.0 4.6A 67 30 Augusta, GA 0.07 10.4 4.1A 67 27 Beaufort 0.00 9.5 4.0A 71 37 Charleston 0.09 9.7 4.6A 71 33 Myrtle Beach 0.42 12.4 6.3A 67 35 *A=Above, B=BelowNote: 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 Feb. 1-15 Cooling Heating Columbia 0 289 Charleston 0 234 Greenville 0 317Temperatures are expected to average near normal for the week. Rainfall is expected to be above normal.
RIVERS AND SURF
River stages are above normal. Several eastern rivers are in flood. Surf temperatures at Myrtle Beach and Savannah will average around 51 degrees.