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February 24 - March 2, 2014


Mild temperatures of 72 degrees on Monday were observed at Clinton, Bamberg and Beaufort. On Tuesday morning, Anderson and Pickens reported a low temperature of 32 degrees for a freeze that was reserved for the Upstate. At noon, Orangeburg AP noted west winds of 21 mph with gusts of 29 mph. The Georgetown AP and Beaufort Marine Corps Air Station reached 77 degrees for a Tuesday afternoon high temperature. Warming soils helped with the early flowering of daffodil varieties across central South Carolina. Wednesday dawned cold and wet for most of the eastern half of the state as a boundary of cold air moved into the state. At 2:00 p.m., Columbia, Sumter and Conway all reported light rain and 41 degrees. After Lake City's 73-degree high temperature on Tuesday, Wednesday's high was only 45 degrees. Slowly moving showers brought 0.65 inches of rain to Edisto Beach and 0.39 inches to Orangeburg. Frost was seen on Thursday morning into the Midlands and Pee Dee. Walhalla reported a hard freeze of 20 degrees. Other sub-freezing values included 25 degrees at Union and Cheraw, 28 degrees at Florence and 32 degrees at Myrtle Beach. Leftover cold settled into the Lowcountry for Thursday morning. Both Summerville and Beaufort recorded a minimum of 32 degrees. On Friday, 51 degrees was the high temperature for Greenville-Spartanburg AP, Shaw AFB and McClellanville. The 28 days of February 2014 produced a state rainfall range of 6.19 inches at Cades to just 2.03 inches at Jamestown. March arrived on Saturday under mostly cloudy skies and temperatures moving in a milder direction. Hardeeville was the lone observation making 70 degrees on Saturday. Full sunshine and brisk southwest winds on Sunday sent the thermometer into the 70's. Walhalla, Allendale and Pinopolis all shared a high temperature of 76 degrees. The state average temperature for the seven-day period was one degree below the long-term average.

The highest official temperature reported was 79 degrees at Charleston AP on February 25. The lowest official temperature reported was 17 degrees at Jocassee on February 28. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 0.70 inches at Summerville ending at 7:00 a.m. on February 27. The state average rainfall for the seven-day period was 0.2 inches.


                              Weekly   Jan 1   Departure   
        Anderson AP            0.00     5.68      -2.4
           Greer AP            0.00     6.24      -1.8
   Charlotte, NC AP            0.00     6.92      -0.1
  Columbia Metro AP            0.13     6.32      -1.1
      Orangeburg AP            0.41     5.92      -1.9
Augusta, GA Bush AP            0.27     6.21      -1.9
        Florence AP            0.14     5.72      -0.7 
  N Myrtle Beach AP            0.32     4.12      -3.2
      Charleston AP            0.53     4.85      -2.1
    Savannah, GA AP            0.41     4.11      -2.6

Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.  


4-inch depth soil temperature: Columbia 53 degrees, Charleston 55 degrees.


South Carolina river stages were near normal. Charleston Harbor reported a water temperature of 55 degrees.

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