A brief return to winter started the week. With cloudy skies, daytime temperatures on Monday only reached into the 40's. Late on Monday night snow flurries began across upstate counties. Just before sunrise on Tuesday snow showers were observed over the midlands. Although amounts were limited in the one to two inch range, the snowfall caused numerous vehicle accidents and delays. Snow flurries were reported as far east and south as Charleston. Rapid melting by mid-afternoon had removed all but a few traces of snow left in the shadows. Clearing conditions and moderating warmth followed into the weekend. On Saturday temperatures climbed into the 70's. Sunday saw a dramatic change as a cold front raced through the state. Scattered thunderstorms produced hail in Greenville, Spartanburg and York counties and near Kingstree. Strong westerly winds, gusting as high as 45 mph, contributed to several incidents of wildfire. The period ended under clear, windy weather. Statewide temperatures for the period averaged five degrees below normal.
PRECIPITATION AND TEMPERATURE DATA
The maximum observed temperature was 76 degrees on February 27 at Allendale, Beaufort and Williams. The minimum observed temperature was 15 degrees at Cedar Creek on the morning of February 22. The heaviest 24-hour rainfall was 0.57 inches at Salem on February 28. Statewide rainfall for the period averaged 0.1 inches.
Precipitation Period 1999 Deviation* Temperature Location Total Total From Avg. Maximum Minimum Greer 0.07 6.7 1.8B 63 23 Charlotte, NC 0.03 6.2 1.4B 68 22 Columbia 0.07 6.3 2.3B 72 24 Florence FAA 0.05 9.3 2.6A 73 24 Blackville 0.00 7.6 0.8B 74 22 Augusta, GA 0.02 8.1 0.2B 71 24 Beaufort 0.03 5.6 1.4B 76 31 Charleston AP 0.12 7.0 0.2A 73 26 Myrtle Beach 0.00 7.0 1.0B 62 28*A=Above, B=Below, E=Estimate
Note: Weekly rainfall amounts are for the prior 24-hrs ending 7:00 a.m. Monday through ending 7:00 a.m. Sunday
ENERGY DEMAND AND AGRICULTURAL ADVISORY
Degree Days Actual February 1-28 Cooling Heating Columbia 0 416 Charleston 1 315 Greenville 0 487The National Weather Service located at Columbia Metropolitan Airport reports an average 4-inch depth soil temperature of 54 degrees.
RIVERS AND SURF
Rivers are near normal. Surf temperatures at Myrtle Beach and Savannah will average around 53 degrees.