SOUTH CAROLINA WEATHER AND CLIMATE
March 3-9, 1997
Mostly sunny skies and warm temperatures as high as the mid 80's were
observed on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Across the midlands and eastward
into the coastal plain many native plants were flowering. A cold front swept through the state late
Wednesday. Rainshowers accompanied the change, but ammounts were light.
Under building high pressure, colder, dry air spread into the state on Thurs-
day. On Friday morning, frost and low temperatures in the upper 20's over
the upstate and low 30's in the midlands and Pee Dee section were recorded.
A slow warming trend began on Saturday and continued through Sunday. State-
wide temperatures for the period averaged 7 degrees above normal.
PRECIPITATION AND TEMPERATURE DATA
The maximum observed temperature was 87 degrees on March 5 at James-
town. The minimum observed temperature was 25 degrees at Cedar Creek on the
morning of March 7. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall was recorded at
Pickens with 0.57" ending at 7:00 a.m. on March 6. Statewide rainfall for
the period averaged 0.2".
Period 1997 Deviation* Temperature
Location Total Total From Avg. Maximum Minimum
Greer 0.57 11.7 1.7A 78 37
Charlotte, NC 0.49 8.1 0.8B 81 33
Columbia 0.02 9.1 0.9B 84 33
Florence FAA 0.00 6.9 1.1B 86 32
Blackville 0.02 8.8 0.9B 86 38
Augusta, GA 0.00 8.5 1.2B 86 31
Beaufort 0.00 6.5 1.7B 84 40
Charleston 0.00 5.5 2.5B 85 38
Myrtle Beach 0.00 8.3 0.9B 72 34
ENERGY DEMAND AND AGRICULTURAL ADVISORY
Columbia 25 48
Charleston 36 31
Greenville 3 60
Temperatures are expected to average above normal for the week.
Rainfall is expected to be near normal. The Sandhill Experiment Station in
north Columbia reports an average 4-inch depth soil temperature of 65 degrees.
RIVERS AND SURF
River stages are above normal.
Surf temperatures at Myrtle Beach and Savannah will average around