It was another mostly sunny work week with mild to warm temperatures. March arrived Wednesday much like a lamb with afternoon temperatures peaking in the upper 70's. On Saturday, low pressure moved across the state with thunderstorms and isolated reports of hail in the midlands. Sunny, springlike weather returned on Sunday. Statewide temperatures for the period averaged two degrees above normal.
PRECIPITATION AND TEMPERATURE DATA
The maximum observed temperature was 80 degrees at Jamestown on March 1. The minimum observed temperature was 27 degrees at Cedar Creek on the morning of February 29. The heaviest 24-hour rainfall reported was 1.60" at Loris ending at 7:00 a.m. on March 5. Statewide average rainfall for the period was 0.3".
Precipitation Period 2000 Deviation* Temperature Location Total Total From Avg. Maximum Minimum Greer 0.14 5.7 3.7B 72 35 Columbia 0.20 10.3 0.8A 77 35 Florence FAA 0.33 5.9 1.6B 76 37 Blackville 0.01 5.5 3.5B NA NA Beaufort 0.06 3.8 3.8B NA NA Charleston 0.67 6.7 0.7B 77 37 Myrtle Beach 0.75 6.3 1.0B 73 35 Augusta, Ga. 0.22 7.7 1.6B 75 30*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 Most South Carolina rivers are near normal. Surf temperatures at Myrtle Beach and Savannah will average around 56 degrees.