The first full week of March 2002 began as a mid-Winter day with clouds, brisk north winds and high temperatures hovering in the lower 40's. Sub-freezing conditions were reported on Tuesday morning as cold high pressure centered over the southeast. A slow warming trend began on Thursday with afternoon highs climbing into the 70's. On Saturday warm southerly winds pushed the mercury to eighty degrees at several locations before a fast moving cold front with high winds and thunderstorms crossed the state. Clearing and cooler weather was observed on Sunday. For the period the state average temperature was three degrees below normal.
PRECIPITATION AND TEMPERATURE DATA
The highest temperature was 82 degrees at Allendale and Owens AP in Columbia on March 9. The lowest temperature was not available. The greatest 24-hour rainfall reported was 0.58" at Allendale ending at 7:00 a.m. on March 10. The average statewide rainfall for the period was 0.2".
Precipitation Period 2002 Deviation* Temperature Location Total Total From Avg. Maximum Minimum Greer 0.10 7.53 2.9B 72 21 Columbia 0.18 5.72 4.3B 81 25 Florence 0.16 4.58 3.8B 77 21 Charleston 0.02 6.78 1.7B 78 25 N Myrtle Beach 0.02 4.17 4.3B 72 24 Augusta, Ga. 0.09 6.70 3.5B 81 20 *A=Above, B=Below
Note: Weekly rainfall amounts are for the period ending midnight Monday through midnight Sunday
4 inch depth average soil temperature: Columbia 56 degrees.
RIVERS AND SURF
South Carolina river stages were below normal.
Surf temperatures at Myrtle Beach and Savannah will average around 53 degrees.