Mild temperatures in the 60's and low 70's were observed on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Light pollen from the early flowering of trees and plants gave signal to the springlike conditions. A sharp change occurred on Thursday with a cold, almost all day, rain covering the state. Temperatures remained in the 30's with several sites receiving one to two inches of rain. Winds shifted on Friday and warmer, moist air returned for the weekend. The week ended with light rainshowers throughout the day on Sunday. Statewide temperatures for the period averaged four degrees above normal.
PRECIPITATION AND TEMPERATURE DATA
The highest temperature was 80 degrees at Charleston City, Allendale and Givhans on February 21. The lowest temperature was unavailable. The heaviest rainfall reported was 2.31"at Calhoun Falls on February 22. The average statewide rainfall for the period was 0.8".
Precipitation Period 2001 Deviation* Temperature Location Total Total From Avg. Maximum Minimum Greer 1.13 5.32 2.7B NA NA Columbia 0.81 3.77 4.3B 75 31 Florence 0.39 3.45 3.0B NA NA Charleston 0.82 3.24 3.1B NA NA N Myrtle Beach 0.28 3.63 2.6B NA NA Augusta, Ga. 1.27 4.53 3.2B 78 28 *A=Above, B=Below
Note: Weekly rainfall amounts are for the prior 24-hrs ending 7 am Monday through ending 7 am Sunday.
4 inch depth average soil temperature: Columbia 55 degrees.
RIVERS AND SURF
South Carolina river stages are below normal. Surf temperatures at Myrtle Beach and Savannah will average around 52 degrees.