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February 21, 2011 - February 27, 2011


Spring-like conditions were observed on both Monday and Tuesday. Charleston, Georgetown and Florence reported Monday high temperatures of 78 degrees. A southward-moving cold front rushed into the state during the afternoon hours on Tuesday affecting counties bordering North Carolina. Although Columbia's 81 degrees set a date record, Cheraw only managed to reach a 65-degree high temperature. On Wednesday morning, Little Mountain, Chesterfield and Marion cooled to 34 degrees. A few showers developed over the high elevation counties and coast on Thursday. Conway received one of the heavier rainfalls with a 24-hour total of 0.80 inches. Another boundary entered the state from the west on Friday bringing light rainshowers. Ridgeville measured 0.33 inches in their gage. Hardeeville recorded a Saturday afternoon high temperature of 77 degrees. The state's warmest weather since the last week of October 2010 was observed on Sunday. Allendale, Witherbee and Barnwell reached 83 degrees. Early flowering of bulbs and ornamental trees was evident across locations east of the Piedmont. The state average temperature for the seven-day period was ten degrees above normal.

The highest official temperature reported was 84 degrees at the University of South Carolina campus on February 27. The lowest official temperature reported was 28 degrees at Chesnee on February 26. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 1.00 inches at Keowee Dam ending at 7:00 a.m. on February 25. The state average rainfall for the period was 0.1 inches.


                       Weekly   Jan 1   Departure     
                        Total   Total   from Avg
         Greer           0.09    5.40     -3.1
      Anderson           0.09    5.10     -3.8
      Columbia           0.11    5.16     -3.2
    Orangeburg           0.07    5.35     -3.0
 Charlotte, NC           0.03    3.83     -3.6
   Augusta, GA           0.08    5.58     -2.9
      Florence           0.04    4.17     -2.8
N Myrtle Beach           0.35    5.72     -1.3
    Charleston           0.15    5.11     -1.9
  Savannah, GA           0.05    5.74     -1.0

Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.  


4-inch depth soil temperature: Columbia 58 degrees, Charleston 60 degrees.


South Carolina river stages were below normal. Ocean water temperatures at Springmaid Pier Myrtle Beach were reported at 52 degrees.

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