Areas of dense fog were observed on Monday morning. Warm temperatures in the mid and upper 70's continued into Tuesday. Cooler weather arrived on Wednesday along with scattered, light showers. By the end of the work week, low pressure was making its way from the Gulf Coast states and bringing with it wet weather. Soaking rains slowly passed across South Carolina on Saturday and into Sunday morning. Some sites measured over two inches. By midday Sunday, brisk northwest winds were helping clear skies. Statewide temperatures for the period averaged eight degrees above normal.
PRECIPITATION AND TEMPERATURE DATA
The highest temperature was 82 degrees at Allendale and Beaufort on February 26. The lowest temperature was 26 degrees at Kershaw on the morning of March 1. The heaviest 24 hour rainfall reported was 2.60"at Allendale ending at 7:00 a.m. on March 4. The average statewide rainfall for the period was 1.2".
Precipitation Period 2001 Deviation* Temperature Location Total Total From Avg. Maximum Minimum Greer 0.88 6.22 3.0B 76 41 Columbia 1.43 5.27 4.0B 76 43 Florence 0.95 4.40 2.9B 78 41 Charleston 0.80 4.04 3.3B 80 47 N Myrtle Beach 2.01 5.65 1.5B 76 38 Augusta, Ga. 2.33 6.95 2.0B 80 40 *A=Above, B=Below
Note: Weekly rainfall amounts are for the prior 24-hrs ending 7 am Monday through ending 7 am Sunday.
4 inch depth average soil temperature: Columbia 58 degrees.
RIVERS AND SURF
South Carolina river stages were rising. Surf temperatures at Myrtle Beach and Savannah will average around 55 degrees.