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February 14, 2011 - February 20, 2011


Gusting west winds ushered in very dry and mild air on Monday. At 2:56 p.m., the Columbia AP reported a peak wind of 37 mph. At 5:00 p.m., the Greer AP observed a relative humidity value of just 8 percent. Hunts Bridge recorded 75 degrees for a high temperature. Slightly cooler weather came Tuesday behind a weak and fast-moving frontal boundary. The state's highest temperature on Tuesday was at Aiken with 69 degrees. A few sprinkles were noted overnight but amounts were hardly measurable. Thursday morning's absence of any South Carolina location reporting a freeze was the first time since Jocassee's 30 degrees on October 6. Between the hours of 6:30 p.m. and 10:44 p.m., light southerly winds along the coast created sea fog with visibilities of zero at Edisto Beach, the Isle of Palms and the Charleston Harbor. The year's warmest weather arrived on Friday. Hunts Bridge, Columbia, Shaw AFB and Witherbee all recorded 80 degrees. Although brisk west winds swept through the state on Saturday, most sites reported sunny skies and high temperatures in the middle 70's. Another weak boundary arrived for Sunday and lowered temperatures by around ten degrees. The state average temperature for the seven-day period was eight degrees above normal.

The highest official temperature reported was 81 degrees at the University of South Carolina campus on February 18. The lowest official temperature reported was 26 degrees at Cedar Creek on February 15. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 0.03 inches at Greenwood ending at 7:00 a.m. on February 17. The state average rainfall for the period was 0.0 inches.


                       Weekly   Jan 1   Departure     
                        Total   Total   from Avg
         Greer           0.01    5.31     -2.0
      Anderson           0.00    5.01     -2.5
      Columbia           0.00    5.05     -2.3
    Orangeburg           0.00    5.28     -2.1
 Charlotte, NC           0.00    3.80     -2.7
   Augusta, GA           0.00    5.50     -1.9
      Florence           0.00    4.13     -2.1
N Myrtle Beach           0.00    5.37     -0.8
    Charleston           0.00    4.96     -1.3
  Savannah, GA           0.00    5.69     -0.4
Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.  


4-inch depth soil temperature: Columbia 54 degrees, Charleston 56 degrees.


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

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