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February 16, 2009 - February 22, 2009


Sunny, cold conditions gave way to mid-week warming and the season's first round of thunderstorms. Wednesday's evening storms produced one-inch hail at Pickens and wind gusts of 44 mph at North Myrtle Beach AP. Pockets of heavy rain fell across the central counties. Camden measured 2.86 inches of rain during the event. Leftover warm temperatures near the coast were swept eastward on Thursday as cold air overspread the state on west winds gusting to 41 mph at the Beaufort Marine Corps Air Station. Minimum temperatures on both Friday and Saturday mornings ranged from the upper teens to the middle 20's. A second cold boundary entered the state on Saturday with a few reports of light rains Sunday morning. On Sunday, strong, west winds reached 43 mph under bright, sunny skies at the Columbia Airport. The state average temperature for the period was three degrees below normal.

The highest official temperature reported was 70 degrees at Allendale on February 19. The lowest official temperature reported was 17 degrees at Cedar Creek on February 21. The heaviest 24-hour rainfall reported was 2.79 inches at Johnston ending at 7:00 a.m. on February 19. The state average rainfall for the period was 0.9 inches.


                       Weekly   Jan 1   Departure     
                        Total   Total   from Avg
         Greer           0.90    4.65     -3.0
      Columbia           0.64    1.96     -5.7
    Orangeburg           1.78    4.52     -3.1
 Charlotte, NC           0.60    3.70     -3.0
   Augusta, GA           1.70    3.42     -4.3
      Florence           0.55    2.21     -4.2
N Myrtle Beach           1.08    3.46     -2.9
    Charleston           0.97    2.43     -4.1
  Savannah, GA           0.67    1.84     -4.4   


Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.  


4-inch depth average soil temperature: Columbia 52 degrees.


South Carolina river stages were below normal. Ocean water temperatures at Springmaid Pier Myrtle Beach were reported at 50 degrees.

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