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March 1, 2010 - March 7, 2010


March arrived with continuing cold weather. On Tuesday, wintry precipitation began to develop Upstate as low pressure moved eastward along the Gulf of Mexico. Light rain began near 6:00 a.m. at Clemson, then changed to snow over the mountain's higher elevations. By 3:00 p.m., Mountain Rest in Oconee County had received a three-inch blanket of snow. Snow showers expanded into central South Carolina during the day and into the evening hours. The heaviest total reported was 4.4 inches at Walhalla. Lancaster measured three inches and Batesburg received two inches. The Springmaid Pier monitoring site reported a minimum barometric pressure of 29.43 inches of mercury and a peak wind of 36 mph as the feature passed offshore. Mostly sunny skies followed for Wednesday as high pressure became parked over the region. Frosty mornings accompanied sub-freezing temperatures into the weekend. On Friday morning, Sandy Springs reported a low of 22 degrees and Bennettsville noted 25 degrees. The usual cold location of Cedar Creek recorded 20 degrees on Saturday morning. Blue skies and almost twelve available hours of sunshine combined to offer Saturday afternoon high temperatures up in the 60's. Although parts of the state observed periods of overcast skies Sunday, several locations reported 40-degree temperature rises from the morning low to the afternoon high. The state average temperature for the seven day period was 10 degrees below normal.

The highest official temperature reported was 67 degrees at Cades, Jamestown and Summerville on March 7. The lowest official temperature reported was 19 degrees at Chesnee on March 6. The heaviest official 24-hour rain reported was 0.84 inches at N Myrtle Beach AP ending at 7:00 a.m. on March 3. The state average rainfall for the period was 0.3 inches.



                       Weekly   Jan 1   Departure     
                        Total   Total   from Avg
         Greer           0.16    9.76     -0.1
      Anderson           0.16    9.11     -0.7
      Columbia           0.43    6.49     -3.1
    Orangeburg           0.25    8.09     -1.5
 Charlotte, NC           0.28    8.95      0.4
   Augusta, GA           0.28    8.04     -1.7
      Florence           0.53    6.70     -1.3
N Myrtle Beach           0.84    6.90     -1.2
    Charleston           0.22    9.29      1.2
  Savannah, GA           0.19    9.72      2.1   

Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.  


4-inch depth soil temperature: Columbia 51 degrees, Charleston 50 degrees.


South Carolina river stages were near normal. Ocean water temperatures at Springmaid Pier Myrtle Beach were reported at 48 degrees.

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