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February 29, 2016 - March 6, 2016


At 7:00 a.m. on February's "leap day," Greenville-Spartanburg AP, Columbia Metro AP, Marion County AP and Hilton Head Island AP all reported a more April-like sunrise of 48 degrees. Southwest winds sent the mercury to 75 degrees at Table Rock State Park, Shaw AFB, Georgetown AP and the Beaufort Marine Corps Air Station. February's 29 days of rainfall ranged from a high of 9.33 inches at Jocassee 8WNW to a low of 2.41 inches at Santuck. On Tuesday morning March 1, Cedar Creek recorded the state's lowest temperature with 35 degrees. Clemson warmed to 74 degrees for an afternoon high temperature. A round of near-midnight thunderstorms brought 0.91 inches of rain to Long Creek, 0.59 inches to Table Rock State Park and Saluda and 0.31 inches to both airports in Columbia. The USGS gage at Bucks Creek near Longs measured 1.05 inches of a 1.38-inch total in just one hour. Colder, west winds followed the rain. At 2:00 p.m., Sassafras Mt. noted a temperature of 46 degrees, while at the same time it was 56 degrees at Greenwood AP and 66 degrees at Folly Beach. Rainfall amounts taken on Thursday morning for eastern counties included 1.21 inches at Sullivan's Island, 0.92 inches at Holly Hill and 0.79 inches at Blackville. Rock Hill AP and Conway AP both observed a freezing 32 degrees on Thursday morning. Allendale and Walterboro made it to 64 degrees before colder air overran the southern counties. Late night snow showers brought Caesars Head State Park a scenic two-inch blanket for Friday's sunrise. Snowflakes were seen in Sandy Springs. Chester recorded a Friday morning low temperature of 32 degrees. At 3:00 p.m., 56 degrees was shared by Greer, Columbia and Florence. On Saturday morning, a near freezing 33 degrees was reported in McCormick. Light winds and mostly sunny skies helped Summerville and Walterboro reach 66 degrees. Light rain moved across the eastern Piedmont and northern Midlands during the night leaving Lake Wylie 0.09 inches, 0.05 inches in Dillon and a "trace" at Shaw AFB. Cedar Creek was Sunday's coldest observation at 33 degrees. At 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, it was a sunny and seasonal 62 degrees in Anderson, 63 degrees in Orangeburg and 64 degrees in Beaufort.

The highest official temperature reported was 77 degrees at Jamestown on February 29 and at Columbia Metro AP, Barnwell and Walterboro AP on March 1. The lowest official temperature reported was 25 degrees at Clinton on March 4. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 1.41 inches at Bamberg ending at 7:00 a.m. on March 4. The state average rainfall for the seven-day period was 0.6 inches. The state average temperature for the seven-day period was one degree above the long term average.


  Weekly Jan 1 Departure
Anderson AP 0.65 7.57 -1.0
Greer AP 0.19 8.45 -0.2
Charlotte, NC AP 0.06 6.84 -0.7
Columbia Metro AP 0.67 7.30 -0.7
Orangeburg AP 0.78 7.95 -0.4
Augusta, GA Bush AP 1.18 6.60 -2.1
Florence AP 0.49 7.95 1.1
N Myrtle Beach AP 0.42 8.49 0.7
Charleston AP 0.76 9.05 1.7
Savannah, GA AP 0.67 7.08 -0.1

Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.


4-inch depth soil temperature: Columbia 57 degrees, Charleston (NA).


South Carolina river stages were near normal. The Charleston Harbor Ravenel Bridge reported a water temperature of 57 degrees. Springmaid Pier at Myrtle Beach reported a surf water temperature of 54 degrees.

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