After a frosty start for western sections, temperatures on Monday warmed into the upper 60's and lower 70's. A few sites reported isolated, light showers. A cold front on Tuesday passed through the state with steady or falling temperatures during the afternoon. A moist southwesterly flow aloft created an over running pattern on Wednesday with clouds and rainshowers. On Thursday, cold rains fell most of the day while high temperatures held in the 30's and lowers 40's. Rock Hill reported light freezing rain. February ended under cloudy skies and damp conditions. Low pressure, moving northeast from the Florida panhandle made for a wet Saturday that continued into early Sunday morning. The week ended with clearing skies and afternoon high temperatures climbing back into the 60's. The average statewide temperature for the period was near normal.
PRECIPITATION AND TEMPERATURE DATA
The highest temperature reported was 76 degrees at Beaufort on February 25. The lowest temperature was 27 degrees at Greenwood on the morning of February 27. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 1.67" at West Pelzer ending at 7:00 a.m. on February 27. The average statewide rainfall for the period was 1.3".
Precipitation Period 2003 Deviation* Temperature Location Total Total From Avg. Maximum Minimum Greer 0.87 6.03 3.0B 68 33 Columbia 1.41 5.78 3.0B 71 31 Florence 0.63 3.46 3.9B 69 32 Charleston 1.72 4.51 2.9B 74 37 N Myrtle Beach 1.17 4.43 3.0B 67 34 Augusta, Ga. 1.93 6.80 2.1B 71 30 A=Above, B=Below
Note: Weekly rainfall amounts are for the 24-hour period ending midnight Sunday.
4 inch depth average soil temperature: Columbia 53 degrees.
RIVERS AND SURF
South Carolina river stages were reported above normal with several at or near flood stage.
Surf temperatures at Myrtle Beach and Savannah will average around 52 degrees