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February 15, 2016 - February 21, 2016


Light freezing rain fell near Cleveland on Monday morning, resulting in numerous vehicle wrecks and a temporary closing of a portion of Highway 11. Anderson's afternoon high temperature of just 38 degrees was in sharp contrast to the 64-degree high temperature for Allendale, Walterboro and Georgetown. Overnight thunderstorms brought winds of 53 mph to the Folly Beach Pier, 52 mph at Fripp Island and 44 mph at Hilton Head Island. Rainfall measurements taken on Tuesday morning included 1.55 inches at Jamestown, 1.44 inches at Kingstree, 1.41 inches at McBee and 1.31 inches at Blackville. At 2:35 p.m., the Johns Island Charleston Executive AP had warmed to 70 degrees. Northwest winds delivered a boundary of colder air on Wednesday. Cedar Creek recorded a sunrise temperature of 31 degrees. Sullivan's Island held on as one of the milder locations with an afternoon maximum temperature of 65 degrees. Frost was observed on Thursday morning for most inland counties. Sandy Springs reported 24 degrees. It was 28 degrees in Lugoff, 31 degrees in Saluda and 34 degrees in Walterboro. Johnston reached a Thursday high temperature of 60 degrees. Rock Hill and Laurens awoke to 28 degrees on Friday morning. The Greenville-Spartanburg AP and Shaw AFB both recorded a Friday high temperature, under mostly sunny skies, of 60 degrees. Saturday began cloudy with a few showers across the Foothills and warming for the Lowcountry. An isolated shower brought Laurens 0.40 inches. Allendale, Summerville and Andrews all recorded a "warm for the date" 72 degrees. On Sunday, clouds and a few light showers persisted from central South Carolina into the Upstate while mid-day sunshine was observed throughout the coastal plain. The Myrtle Beach International AP (KMYR) reached 75 degrees at 12:45 pm and the Mt. Pleasant AP (KLRO) reported 75 degrees at 12:55 p.m.

The highest official temperature reported was 78 degrees at Charleston AP and the Beaufort Marine Corps Air Station on February 21. The lowest official temperature reported was 19 degrees at Sassafras Mt. on February 15. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 2.03 inches at Hartsville ending at 7:00 a.m. on February 16. The state average rainfall for the seven-day period was 0.8 inches. The state average temperature for the seven-day period was near the long term average.


  Weekly Jan 1 Departure
Anderson AP 0.54 5.40 -1.4
Greer AP 0.57 5.77 -1.0
Charlotte, NC AP 0.96 3.99 -1.8
Columbia Metro AP 0.78 4.45 -1.8
Orangeburg AP 0.43 6.33 -0.2
Augusta, GA Bush AP 0.60 4.40 -2.4
Florence AP 1.17 6.22 0.8
N Myrtle Beach AP 1.11 7.31 1.1
Charleston AP 1.18 7.91 2.0
Savannah, GA AP 0.10 6.30 0.5

Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.


4-inch depth soil temperature: Columbia 55 degrees, Charleston (NA).


South Carolina river stages were near normal. The Charleston Harbor Ravenel Bridge reported a water temperature of 52 degrees. Springmaid Pier at Myrtle Beach reported a surf water temperature of 50 degrees.

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