SOUTH CAROLINA WEATHER AND CLIMATE
Feb. 17-23, 1997
The week began with a slow warming trend. Dense fog was wide-
spread on Wednesday morning, February 19. Mostly southerly winds helped
push afternoon high temperatures into the mid and upper 70's on Wednesday
and Thursday and peaked on Friday afternoon with spring-like readings in the
low 80's across eastern and southern sites. Severe weather highlighted late
afternoon Friday's weather as an active cold front collided with the warm,
unstable air mass. Thunderstorms producing damaging winds and reports of
tornadoes swept through the state. In Roebuck, the National Weather Service
estimated tornadic winds of 120 mph. Near and along a one mile path, homes
were destroyed or severely damaged. Downed trees and limbs caused power
disruptions and property losses from the upstate through the midlands and
into northern coastal counties. Saturday was mostly cloudy and much cooler.
Afternoon high temperatures fell at least 15 degrees compared to the day be-
fore. The week ended with a return to mostly sunny skies. Statewide tempe-
ratures for the period averaged 7 degrees above normal.
PRECIPITATION AND TEMPERATURE DATA
The maximum observed temperature was 82 degrees on February 21 at Holly
Hill and Williams. The minimum observed temperature was 25 degrees at Wal-
halla on the morning of February 23. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall
was recorded at Springfield with 2.83" ending at 7:00 a.m. on February 22.
Statewide rainfall for the period averaged 0.7".
Period 1997 Deviation* Temperature
Location Total Total From Avg. Maximum Minimum
Greer 0.54 8.4 0.8A 71 32
Charlotte, NC 0.22 6.2 0.6B 74 34
Columbia 0.85 8.2 0.5A 81 33
Florence FAA 0.52 6.7 0.6A 81 34
Blackville 0.11 8.2 0.6A 81 33
Augusta, GA 1.24 7.8 0.3A 80 32
Beaufort 0.57 NA NA 77 37
Charleston 0.56 5.4 0.7B 79 34
Myrtle Beach 1.15 8.2 1.0A 73 35
ENERGY DEMAND AND AGRICULTURAL ADVISORY
Columbia 4 346
Charleston 3 264
Greenville 0 417
Temperatures are expected to average near normal for the week.
Rainfall is expected to be near normal.The Sandhill Experiment Station in
north Columbia reports an average 4-inch depth soil temperature of 53
RIVERS AND SURF
River stages are near to above normal.Surf temperatures at Myrtle Beach
and Savannah will average around 53 degrees.
Sandi St.Claire, email@example.com