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February 25, 2008 - March 2, 2008


After a mild Monday, a sharp cold front swept through the state with thundershowers and strong winds during the day on Tuesday. Florence AP recorded west winds gusting to 46 mph. Winter cold was observed Thursday morning with all of South Carolina reporting temperatures at or below freezing. Daytime high temperatures only managed to reach near 50 degrees. A slow warming period began on Friday and continued through the weekend. Afternoon high temperatures on both Saturday and Sunday climbed into the lower 70's. The state average temperature for the period was one degree below normal.

The highest official temperature reported was 74 degrees at Orangeburg and Jamestown on March 1. The lowest official temperature reported was 14 degrees at Johnston on February 28. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 1.36 inches at Liberty ending at 7:00 a.m. on February 27. The state average rainfall for the period was 0.4 inches.


                       Weekly   Jan 1  Deviation     
                        Total   Total   from Avg
         Greer           0.47    6.11     -2.9 
      Columbia           0.39    6.88     -1.9
    Orangeburg           0.49    6.21     -2.5
 Charlotte, NC           0.54    4.60     -3.2           	
   Augusta, GA           0.54    7.03     -1.9
      Florence           0.36    6.93     -0.4
N Myrtle Beach           0.36    7.67      0.3
    Charleston           0.12    5.79     -1.6    
  Savannah, GA           0.40    7.49      0.4

Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.  


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


South Carolina river stages were near to below normal. Ocean water temperatures at Springmaid Pier Myrtle Beach were reported at 55 degrees.

For additional information contact tylerw@dnr.sc.gov or by calling (803) 734-9100.

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