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February 18 - February 24, 2013


On Monday morning, the low temperature at Hilton Head was observed at 30 degrees. Despite clear and sunny conditions, Pinopolis and Sandhill only warmed to an afternoon high temperature of 58 degrees. A cold rain began falling early on Tuesday with brief reports of "mixed" precipitation for Mountain Rest and a "trace" of snow at Table Rock. Newberry measured one of the heavier 24-hour rainfalls of 0.64 inches. Ninety Nine Islands recorded a Wednesday morning low temperature of 18 degrees. Summerville reported a freezing 31 degrees on Thursday morning just before another round of rain entered Oconee County. Friday morning's rainfall measurements included 0.91 inches at Long Creek and 0.70 inches at Anderson. Cloudy skies and northeast winds limited the high temperature at Sandhill and Little Mountain to just 39 degrees on Friday afternoon. Moderate rains of at least one and a half inches fell over Abbeville, McCormick, Edgefield, Aiken and Barnwell counties. Areas of heavy rain moved to the Lowcountry for Saturday. The Charleston Peninsula received 2.13 inches and the Beaufort Marine Corps Air Station measured 1.62 inches. The Saturday high temperature at a gray and wet Saluda was only 44 degrees. More agreeable weather arrived for the week-ending Sunday. Early morning overcast skies turned sunny at midday with the mercury climbing to 71 degrees at Beaufort and Barnwell. The Orangeburg AP and USC Columbia campus shared a high temperature of 70 degrees. The state average temperature for the period was three degrees below the long term average.

The highest official temperature reported was 74 degrees at Hardeeville on February 24. The lowest official temperature reported was 16 degrees at Hunts Bridge on February 18. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 2.44 inches at the Charleston AP on February 23. The state average rainfall for the period was 1.4 inches.


                              Weekly   Jan 1   Departure     
                              Total    Total    from Avg      
        Anderson AP            1.07     8.90      0.6
           Greer AP            0.93     7.69      0.5 
   Charlotte, NC AP            0.96     6.59      0.4
  Columbia Metro AP            1.26     5.51     -1.2
      Orangeburg AP            1.49     7.22      0.3
Augusta, GA Bush AP            2.24     8.90      1.7
        Florence AP            0.94     5.55     -0.2
  N Myrtle Beach AP            0.60     3.84     -2.8
      Charleston AP            3.21     8.80      2.6
    Savannah, GA AP            1.35     7.70      1.6
Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.  


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


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

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