A hard freeze was observed Monday morning with several sites reporting low temperatures in the teens. Warming began on Tuesday and continued through Thursday. Eighty degree, Spring-like afternoons contributed to fast flowering across the midlands and eastward to the coast. A dry, cold front passed through the state on Friday. Although bright and sunny, daily high temperatures fell nearly 20 degrees for both Saturday and Sunday. For the period, the state average temperature was one degree above normal.
The highest official temperature reported was 82 degrees at Pageland on March 1. The lowest official temperature reported was 16 degrees at Cheraw on the morning of February 27. The average statewide rainfall for the period was 0.0 inches.
PRECIPITATION AND TEMPERATURE DATA
Precipitation Weekly Jan 1 Deviation Total Total From Avg Greer 0.00 5.00 -4.5 Columbia 0.00 6.12 -3.1 Orangeburg 0.00 5.97 -3.3 Charlotte, NC 0.01 4.41 -3.8 Augusta, GA 0.00 6.36 -3.0 Florence 0.00 5.04 -2.7 Myrtle Beach 0.00 5.71 -2.1 Charleston 0.00 6.23 -1.6 Savannah, GA 0.00 6.85 -0.6 Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.
SOIL: 4-inch depth average soil temperature: Columbia 57 degrees.
RIVERS AND SURF: South Carolina river stages were near to below normal. Surf temperatures at Myrtle Beach and Savannah will average around 54 degrees.