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March 4 - March 10, 2013


'The Edisto Beach temperature of 32 degrees on Monday morning was that location's first freeze of the season. Hartsville reached a minimum of 24 degrees and the Charleston AP reported 27 degrees. Areas of rain moved through the state on Tuesday as an approaching boundary of colder air dropped into the Southeast. At 11:00 p.m., the Clemson AP reported west winds gusting to 41 mph. Twenty-four hour rainfall amounts included 0.60 inches at Springfield, 0.56 inches at Gaffney, 0.54 inches at Keowee Dam and 0.29 inches at McCormick. High winds followed the rain. At 2:00 a.m. on Wednesday, Columbia's Hamilton-Owens AP recorded west winds of 44 mph. At 5:00 a.m., Anderson observed snow flurries. Instruments atop the USC Williams-Brice football stadium measured west winds of 54 mph and Fort Sumter reported winds gusting to 50 mph. A "trace" of snow was noted at Caesars Head and Table Rock. Long Creek's high temperature on Wednesday was a cold 36 degrees. The Cedar Creek sunrise temperature on Friday morning was 24 degrees. Mullins made it to 55 degrees on Friday afternoon while Beaufort settled for 63 degrees. A slow moderation in temperature began on Saturday. Charleston reached a mild 67 degrees. Southeast winds on a sunny, Sunday afternoon helped bring the temperature and calendar closer to the date's climatology. While most locations reported high temperatures in the upper 60's, Florence warmed to 71 degrees. The state average temperature for the period was five degrees below the long term average.

The highest official temperature reported was 73 degrees at Pinopolis on March 10. The lowest official temperature reported was 17 degrees at Hunts Bridge, Cedar Creek and Pelion on March 4. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 0.74 inches at Gaston Shoals ending at 7:00 a.m. on March 6. The state average rainfall for the period was 0.2 inches.


                              Weekly   Jan 1   Departure     
                              Total    Total    from Avg      
        Anderson AP            0.44     9.41      0.3
           Greer AP            0.47     9.69      0.4 
   Charlotte, NC AP            0.37     8.30      0.2
  Columbia Metro AP            0.02     6.74     -1.7
      Orangeburg AP            0.06     8.22     -0.7
Augusta, GA Bush AP            0.24    10.24      1.0
        Florence AP            0.01     6.53     -0.7
  N Myrtle Beach AP            0.09     5.15     -3.2
      Charleston AP            0.00    10.82      3.0
    Savannah, GA AP            0.04    10.34      2.7

Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.  


4-inch depth soil temperature: Columbia 54 degrees, Charleston 54 degrees.


South Carolina river stages were near normal. Ocean water temperatures at Springmaid Pier Myrtle Beach were reported at 53 degrees.

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