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February 17 - February 23, 2014


Middle 60-degree Monday afternoon temperatures moved into the 70's on Tuesday. Allendale, Barnwell and Charleston reported 76 degrees. Areas of rain moved through parts of the Foothills and Piedmont early Wednesday, leaving 1.42 inches at Kings Mountain State Park, 1.14 inches at Gaston Shoals and 0.94 inches at Gaffney. At 2:00 p.m., a sunny Orangeburg reported 80 degrees with southwest winds of 25 mph gusting to 36 mph. Kingstree, Conway and Georgetown warmed to 81 degrees. Thursday was much the same with steady southwest winds and record high temperatures for the date. The Columbia Metro AP noted a record 84 degrees and Florence reached a record 83 degrees. A weak frontal boundary moved over the state on Friday morning with thundershowers. Sandy Springs measured one of the heavier rainfall totals with 1.20 inches. Georgetown and Pinopolis reported Friday afternoon high temperatures of 74 degrees ahead of the eastward-moving showers. On Saturday morning, Barnwell had received 1.20 inches, Orangeburg 0.93 inches and 0.60 inches fell at both Dillon and Hartsville. Freezing temperatures on Saturday were reported as far south as McCormick (32 degrees) and Cedar Creek (29 degrees). The Saturday high temperature observed at Sandy Springs and Mullins was 66 degrees. More sunshine for the Upstate's Sunday afternoon helped the mercury rise to 71 degrees at Walhalla, Clemson and Union. Overcast skies for central and eastern portions of the state only allowed for a cool 65-degree maximum temperature at Sandhill, Shaw AFB and Lake City. The state average temperature for the seven-day period was seven degrees above the long-term average.

The highest official temperature reported was 84 degrees at Dillon and the Columbia Metro AP on February 20. The lowest official temperature reported was 26 degrees at Ninety Nine Islands on February 17. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 1.38 inches at Caesars Head ending at 7:00 a.m. on February 21. The state average rainfall for the seven-day period was 0.6 inches.


                              Weekly   Jan 1   Departure   
        Anderson AP            0.92     5.68      -1.4 
           Greer AP            1.28     6.24      -0.8
   Charlotte, NC AP            1.70     6.92       0.8
  Columbia Metro AP            0.26     6.19      -0.3
      Orangeburg AP            0.93     5.51      -1.3
Augusta, GA Bush AP            0.36     5.94      -1.2
        Florence AP            0.42     5.58       0.0 
  N Myrtle Beach AP            0.06     3.80      -2.7
      Charleston AP            0.08     4.32      -1.8
    Savannah, GA AP            0.42     3.70      -2.3

Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.  


4-inch depth soil temperature: Columbia 54 degrees, Charleston 58 degrees.


South Carolina river stages were near normal. Charleston Harbor reported a water temperature of 54 degrees.

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