Mild, southwesterly winds provided for pleasant weather on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Cloudy skies were observed on Wednesday along with showers. By Thursday a sharp cold front was approaching from the northwest. Severe weather with golf ball size hail and high winds began with several lines of thunderstorms on Friday morning. A small tornado was confirmed near Woodford in Orangeburg County. Scattered snow flurries ended the storm's passing. Arctic high pressure over eastern Canada steadily lowered temperatures throughout the weekend. Most of South Carolina saw mid-40 degree high temperatures on Sunday. Statewide temperatures for the period averaged one degree above normal.
PRECIPITATION AND TEMPERATURE DATA
The maximum observed temperature was 78 degrees on February 17 at Cades. The minimum observed temperature was 17 degrees at Walhalla on the morning of February 15. The heaviest 24-hour rainfall was 1.58 inches at Salem ending 7:00 a.m. on February 17. Statewide rainfall for the period averaged 0.9 inches.
Precipitation Period 1999 Deviation* Temperature Location Total Total From Avg. Maximum Minimum Greer 1.29 6.6 0.7B 63 28 Charlotte, NC 1.35 6.2 0.4B 67 23 Columbia 0.66 6.2 0.8B 75 23 Florence FAA 0.77 9.3 3.4A 77 26 Blackville 0.26 7.6 0.3A 77 19 Augusta, GA 0.46 8.1 0.7B 76 22 Beaufort 0.25 5.5 0.6B 77 31 Charleston AP 0.23 6.9 1.0A 76 25 Myrtle Beach 0.55 7.0 0.0A 69 27*A=Above, B=Below, E=Estimate
Note: Weekly rainfall amounts are for the prior 24-hrs ending 7:00 a.m. Monday through ending 7:00 a.m. Sunday
ENERGY DEMAND AND AGRICULTURAL ADVISORY
Degree Days Actual February 1-21 Cooling Heating Columbia 0 271 Charleston 1 189 Greenville 0 358Temperatures are expected to average near normal for the week. Rainfall is expected to be near normal. The National Weather Service located at Columbia Metropolitan Airport reports an average 4-inch depth soil temperature of 54 degrees.
RIVERS AND SURF
Rivers are near normal. Surf temperatures at Myrtle Beach and Savannah will average around 54 degrees.