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February 22, 2010 - February 28, 2010


A line of thunderstorms rolled through the state early Monday. Conway received 0.80 inches of rain. Dense fog was widespread Tuesday morning with both the McEntire AP in Eastover and the Beaufort MCAS AP reporting visibilities of one-eighth mile. Camden and Holly Hill recorded afternoon high temperatures of 67 degrees. Areas of light rain or mist were observed during the day on Wednesday ahead of a strong cold front approaching from the northwest. Sharply falling temperatures on Thursday morning contributed to brief snow flurries at Greenville, eastward through Florence, and to the north coast. At 12:54 p.m., the Clemson AP recorded northwest winds gusting to 38 mph. All reporting sites, with the exception of Edisto Island's 33 degrees, recorded freezing temperatures on Friday morning. The Sandhill Experiment Station, located between Camden and Columbia, noted a low temperature of 22 degrees. Mostly sunny and cold weather was observed Saturday with a slight moderation to milder temperatures Sunday afternoon. Although considered six degrees below the long term high temperature average, Ft. Moultrie reported the state's highest temperature on Sunday at 59 degrees. For the Florence AP and Greenville-Spartanburg AP, it was the coldest February mean temperature in 32 years and at both the Columbia AP and Charleston AP, thirty years. The state average temperature for the seven day period was 5 degrees below normal.

The highest official temperature reported was 70 degrees at Jamestown, Beaufort, Hardeeville and Charleston AP on February 23. The lowest official temperature reported was 18 degrees at Hunts Bridge and Table Rock on February 26. The heaviest official 24-hour rain reported was 0.88 inches at Mullins ending at 7:00 a.m. on February 23. The state average rainfall for the period was 0.5 inches.


                       Weekly   Jan 1   Departure     
                        Total   Total   from Avg
         Greer           0.69    9.60      1.0
      Anderson           0.50    8.95      0.2
      Columbia           0.75    6.06     -2.4
    Orangeburg           0.49    7.84     -0.7
 Charlotte, NC           0.67    8.67      1.1
   Augusta, GA           0.40    7.76     -0.9
      Florence           0.61    6.17     -0.9
N Myrtle Beach           0.63    6.06     -1.1
    Charleston           0.31    9.07      1.9
  Savannah, GA           0.39    9.53      2.7   

Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.  


4-inch depth soil temperature: Columbia 49 degrees, Charleston 49 degrees.


South Carolina river stages were near normal. Ocean water temperatures at Springmaid Pier Myrtle Beach were reported at 47 degrees.

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