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February 27, 2017 - March 5, 2017


Cedar Creek noted a Monday morning temperature of 30 degrees. Lake City, Holly Hill and Sullivan's Island all warmed to an afternoon high temperature of 75 degrees. A few hours after midnight, isolated thundershowers produced 0.40 inches of rain at the Beaufort Marine Corps Air Station. Temperatures climbed to 80 degrees at Bishopville, Florence and Sandhill. The February 2017 rainfall ranged from 2.83 inches at Anderson to 0.40 inches at Charleston AP. Date record warmth (84 degrees) was observed on March 1 at Columbia Metro AP, a temperature matched at Lake City and Andrews. Late afternoon storms developed over the Upstate, some with large hail. The USGS gage at Hickory Tavern in Laurens County received 0.43 inches of rain in the 15 minutes ending at 7:00 p.m. and with hailstones estimated to be two inches in diameter. A wind gust of 58 mph was recorded at the Greenville Downtown AP. Hail "drifts" west of Pickens were said to have taken three hours to melt. Selected rainfall amounts measured on Thursday morning included 0.88 inches at Greenville-Spartanburg AP, 0.63 inches at McBee and 0.37 inches at the Saluda Water Plant. Colder, seasonal air arrived on Thursday's northwest winds. The 3:00 p.m. temperature at Florence, Marion and Conway was 22 degrees lower than at the same hour on the day before. On Friday morning, Hartsville, Kingstree and Walterboro were back to a freezing 32 degrees. Winter's cold on Saturday morning moved the temperature to 22 degrees at the Walhalla Fish Hatchery, 24 degrees for Rock Hill and 28 degrees for Marion and McCormick. The regional weather roundup at 9:00 a.m. indicated a barometric pressure value of 30.69 inches of mercury at Newberry AP and the Myrtle Beach International AP. At 3:00 p.m., the Charleston AP reported sunny skies, 59 degrees with 15 percent relative humidity. The Saturday high temperature at Myrtle Beach City only made it to 51 degrees. The mercury fell to 32 degrees at Summerville on Sunday morning. Partly to mostly sunny skies helped temperatures rebound to 70 degrees at Barnwell and Allendale.

The highest official temperature reported was 85 degrees at Cades and the Georgetown County AP on March 1. The lowest official temperature reported was 19 degrees at Caesars Head on March 4. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 1.24 inches at Clinton and Whitmire ending at 7:00 a.m. on March 2. The state average rainfall for the seven-day period was 0.3 inches. The state average temperature for the seven-day period was two degrees above the long-term average.


  Weekly Jan 1 Departure
Anderson AP 0.63 7.16 -1.3
Greer AP 0.88 6.60 -1.9
Charlotte, NC AP 0.63 7.52 0.1
Columbia Metro AP 0.23 8.87 1.0
Orangeburg AP 0.14 6.79 -1.4
Augusta, GA Bush AP 0.15 12.33 3.8
Florence AP 0.28 5.14 -1.6
N Myrtle Beach AP 0.30 3.64 -4.1
Charleston AP 0.10 4.28 -3.0
Savannah, GA AP 0.10 8.93 1.9

Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.


4-inch depth soil temperature: Clinton 55 degrees. Columbia 61 degrees. Barnwell 51 degrees. Mullins 46 degrees.


South Carolina river stages were much below normal across the Upstate and below normal elsewhere. Charleston Harbor Custom House reported a water temperature of 62 degrees. Sunset Beach, NC, Nearshore Buoy (NDBC 41024) reported a water temperature of 59 degrees.

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