February 20 - February 26, 2006


A persistent west to east steering of weather features made for alternating days of mild sunshine and rain showers. Afternoon temperatures on Wednesday warmed into the upper 70's near the coast. Periods of heavy rain fell across central South Carolina followed by dense fog that evening. Mostly sunny, blue skies were observed Friday along with temperatures in the 60's. On Saturday, rain fell, it seemed, from dawn to dusk. Several sites received amounts greater than one inch. A drying cold front cleared the state early Sunday with winds gusting to 35 mph in downtown Charleston. For the period, the state average temperature was near normal.

The highest official temperature reported was 78 degrees at Pritchardville and Beaufort on February 22. The lowest official temperature reported was 23 degrees at Caesars Head on the morning of February 26. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 1.90 inches at Effingham ending at 7:00 a.m. on February 26. The average statewide rainfall for the period was 1.5 inches.


                       Weekly   Jan 1  Deviation     
                        Total   Total   From Avg
         Greer           0.30    5.00     -3.3
      Columbia           2.29    6.12     -2.1 
    Orangeburg           1.85    5.97     -2.2  
 Charlotte, NC           0.31    4.40     -2.9             	
   Augusta, GA           2.40    6.36     -2.0  
      Florence           2.14    5.04     -1.8
  Myrtle Beach           2.22    5.71     -1.2
    Charleston           1.65    6.23     -0.7     
  Savannah, GA           1.30    6.85      0.2     


Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.  

SOIL: 4-inch depth average soil temperature: Columbia 52 degrees.

RIVERS AND SURF: South Carolina river stages were near normal. Surf temperatures at Myrtle Beach and Savannah will average around 52 degrees.