February 23 - February 27, 2005


Strong storms mixed in with the warm conditions on Monday. Large hail of one and a half inch size caused damage in Hampton and Allendale Counties. Afternoon temperatures for the week peaked on Tuesday and climbed to 80 degrees for the first time this new year. Passing showers, some with thunder, were observed again on Thursday. A coastal gale formed along a boundary near the southern coast late Sunday night. By the end of the period heavy rains and high winds were being reported within counties near the coastal waters. For the period, the state average temperature was two degrees above normal.

The highest official temperature reported was 81 degrees at Allendale and Givhans on February 22. The lowest official temperature reported was 25 degrees at Johnston on the morning of February 27. The heaviest 24-hour rainfall reported was 1.81 inches at Walhalla ending at 7:00 a.m. on February 22. The average statewide rainfall for the period was 1.2 inches.


                       Weekly   Jan 1  Deviation     
                        Total   Total   From Avg
         Greer           0.80     4.2       -4.3
      Columbia           1.49     5.8       -2.6         
    Orangeburg           1.30     5.8       -2.7
 Charlotte, NC           0.90     4.1       -3.4 
   Augusta, GA           1.59     7.4       -1.0
      Florence           1.34     4.9       -2.1           
  Myrtle Beach           0.81     2.9       -4.1
    Charleston           1.03     4.8       -2.3         
  Savannah, GA  	 1.30     3.4       -3.4

Note: Weekly rainfall amounts are for the 24-hour period ending midnight Sunday.   

SOIL: 4 inch depth average soil temperature: Columbia 56 degrees.

RIVERS AND SURF: South Carolina river stages were near normal. Surf temperatures at Myrtle Beach and Savannah will average around 53 degrees.