February 28 - March 6, 2005


A rapidly moving area of low pressure along the coastal waters caused gale force winds and damaging high tides. Erosion and wave battering damaged beachfront property over the central and southern coast. The storm system also produced a one inch snowfall at Caesars Head. March arrived on Tuesday with brisk winds and cold air. By the start of the weekend afternoon temperatures had risen back to near 70 degrees. On Saturday, scattered storms developed ahead of an eastward moving frontal boundary. Pineville in Berkeley County recorded a wind gust of 67 mph. Sunny, mild weather was observed on Sunday. For the period, the state average temperature was six degrees below normal.

The highest official temperature reported was 75 degrees at Charleston AP on March 5. The lowest official temperature reported was 19 degrees at Johnston on the morning of March 4. The heaviest 24-hour rainfall reported was 2.18 inches at Lake Marion ending at 7:00 a.m. on February 28. The average statewide rainfall for the period was 0.2 inches.


                       Weekly   Jan 1  Deviation     
                        Total   Total   From Avg
        Greer           0.47     4.6       -5.1
      Columbia           0.32     6.1       -3.3       
    Orangeburg           0.12     5.9       -3.5
 Charlotte, NC           0.56     4.6       -3.8 
   Augusta, GA           0.24     7.7       -1.9
      Florence           0.10     5.0       -2.9           
  Myrtle Beach           0.22     3.2       -4.8
    Charleston           0.00     4.8       -3.2         
  Savannah, GA  	 0.04     3.4       -4.1

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 normal. Surf temperatures at Myrtle Beach and Savannah will average around 54 degrees.