February 13 - February 19, 2006


On Monday morning, the Charleston peninsula's thermometer registered their first freeze of the season at 32 degrees. At 1:00 p.m. that afternoon, Columbia reported sunny skies and 41 degrees. Surface winds shifted Tuesday to a more warming,southerly direction. Daily temperatures steadily rose through Friday peaking into the upper 70's over coastal counties. A boundary of colder air dropped south Saturday dividing the state west to east across the midlands. Passing rainshowers were observed during the day and overnight. Partly sunny conditions ended the week. For the period, the state average temperature was one degree below normal.

The highest official temperature reported was 78 degrees at Pritchardville on February 17. The lowest official temperature reported was 17 degrees at Caesars Head on the morning of February 13. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 0.28 inches at Pritchardville ending at 7:00 a.m. on February 19. The average statewide rainfall for the period was 0.1 inches


                       Weekly   Jan 1  Deviation     
                        Total   Total   From Avg
         Greer           0.08    4.70     -2.5
      Columbia           0.06    3.83     -3.4 
    Orangeburg           0.00    4.12     -3.1  
 Charlotte, NC           0.05    4.09     -2.3             	
   Augusta, GA           0.01    3.96     -3.3  
      Florence           0.01    2.90     -3.2
  Myrtle Beach           0.00    3.47     -2.5
    Charleston           0.03    4.58     -1.6     
  Savannah, GA           0.20    5.55     -0.4


Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.  

SOIL: 4-inch depth average soil temperature: Columbia 51 degrees.

RIVERS AND SURF: South Carolina river stages were near to below normal. Surf temperatures at Myrtle Beach and Savannah will average around 50 degrees.