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February 23, 2009 - March 1, 2009


The sun rose over sub-freezing mornings early in the week. Cedar Creek, in northern Richland County, reported a Monday minimum temperature of 18 degrees and Hartsville reported 20 degrees on Tuesday morning. The Myrtle Beach AP only reached a high temperature of 41 degrees Tuesday afternoon. Slow warming began on Wednesday along with a few passing light showers. On both Thursday and Friday, locations across the Lowcountry enjoyed afternoon temperatures peaking in the lower to middle 70's. A complex pattern developed late Friday with soaking rains and embedded isolated thunderstorms. Steady rains fell into Sunday. A vigorous and cold low pressure feature dropped southeastward into the state during the day on Sunday changing rain to snow for the Piedmont and sites within the mountains. A belt of heavy snow fell from Anderson County over to Cherokee County with Gaffney measuring 7 inches. Snowflakes were seen as far south as Bluffton in Beaufort County. Gaffney also reported a rainfall event total of 4.53 inches of rain. Jocassee Dam, in Oconee County, measured a weekend total 4.36 inches of drought-easing rain. By midnight Sunday, the precipitation was exiting north and being replaced by a late-season cold airmass. The state average temperature for the period was two degrees below normal.

The highest official temperature reported was 76 degrees at Jamestown and Cades on February 27. The lowest official temperature reported was 17 degrees at Lake Bowen on February 24. The heaviest 24-hour rainfall reported was 2.68 inches at Greer AP on March 1. The state average rainfall for the period was 2.5 inches.


                       Weekly   Jan 1   Departure     
                        Total   Total   from Avg
         Greer           3.95    8.63     -0.2
      Columbia           3.01    4.97     -3.7
    Orangeburg           1.90    6.42     -2.2
 Charlotte, NC           3.21    6.91     -0.8
   Augusta, GA           2.64    6.06     -2.7
      Florence           2.72    4.93     -2.3
N Myrtle Beach           1.09    4.55     -2.7
    Charleston           1.63    4.06     -3.2
  Savannah, GA           2.37    4.21     -2.8   


Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.  


4-inch depth average soil temperature: Columbia 54 degrees.


South Carolina river stages were near to above normal. Ocean water temperatures at Springmaid Pier Myrtle Beach were reported at 51 degrees.

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