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February 13 - February 19, 2012


Many inland sites reported Monday morning low temperatures in the teens. It was 19 degrees at Florence, Conway, Andrews and Hemingway. At 3:00 p.m., the Columbia Metro AP noted a relative humidity value of just 15 percent. Under sunny skies, Barnwell, Allendale and Givhans warmed up to 59 degrees during the afternoon hours. Precipitation drifted east through the Foothills and Piedmont overnight with a trace of snow observed at Caesars Head and public reports of brief sleet at Newberry just before 6:00 a.m. on Tuesday morning. Mild air eased northward for Wednesday with Charleston and Florence warming to 70 degrees. Dense fog formed along the coastal plain on Thursday morning. Areas of light rain over the Midlands left puddles ringed with the outline of tree pollen, a result of a very mild winter. Barnwell and Lake City reached 70 degrees on Thursday. Showers for southern counties left 0.90 inches at Allendale and 0.47 inches at Holly Hill. Saturday's high temperatures included 76 degrees at Beaufort and 72 degrees at Kingstree. Steady rains entered the state Saturday evening. By Sunday morning, The Beaufort Marine Corps Air Station had measured 1.65 inches and Pelion had measured 1.31 inches. Rains continued for much of Sunday from the affects of a large low pressure feature moving northeast through the state. At 12:42 p.m., the North Myrtle Beach AP reported 55 degrees, light rain and east-northeast winds gusting to 31 mph. Thunderstorms were observed over Charleston County after 3:00 p.m. The Ft. Moultrie, Sullivan's Island rain gage measured a two-day total of 3.18 inches. The state average temperature for the seven-day period was two degrees above normal.

The highest official temperature reported was 77 degrees at Hardeeville on February 16 and 18. The lowest official temperature reported was 12 degrees at Jocassee on February 13. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 1.80 inches at Clarks Hill ending at 7:00 a.m. on February 19. The state average rainfall for the period was 1.3 inches.


                            Weekly   Jan 1   Departure     
                            Total    Total    from Avg
         Greer AP            0.61     4.85     -1.6
      Anderson AP            0.71     5.30     -1.2
      Columbia Metro AP      1.21     2.98     -3.0
    Orangeburg AP            1.13     2.92     -3.3
 Charlotte, NC AP            0.62     3.36     -2.2
   Augusta, GA Bush AP       0.99     2.41     -4.1
      Florence AP            1.42     2.73     -2.5
N Myrtle Beach AP            1.65     3.06     -2.9
    Charleston AP            2.07     2.72     -3.0
  Savannah, GA AP            1.83     3.28     -2.3

Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.  


4-inch depth soil temperature: Columbia 56 degrees, Charleston 59 degrees.


South Carolina river stages were below normal. Ocean water temperatures at Springmaid Pier Myrtle Beach were reported at 54 degrees.

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