A departing storm system on Monday was replaced by mostly sunny skies and colder weather. Biting wind chills in the teens were observed on Tuesday morning as brisk northerly winds joined with freezing temperatures. Daytime highs in the 50's were widespread across the state. After a brief 60 degree warmup on Thursday afternoon, another cold front quickly passed into the area on Friday. Frost was observed on both Saturday and Sunday morning over central and western counties. Sunny conditions and diminishing winds on Sunday allowed for a comfortably mild day as high temperatures topped out in the low 70's. Statewide temperatures for the period averaged seven degrees below normal.
PRECIPITATION AND TEMPERATURE DATA
The highest temperature was 75 degrees at Beaufort on March 11. The lowest temperature was 19 degrees at Salem on the morning of March 7. The heaviest 24 hour rainfall reported was unavailable. The average statewide rainfall for the period was 0.0".
Precipitation Period 2001 Deviation* Temperature Location Total Total From Avg. Maximum Minimum Greer 0.01 6.21 4.3B 64 27 Columbia 0.00 5.20 5.1B 70 27 Florence 0.04 4.44 3.9B 69 29 Charleston 0.00 4.04 4.3B 71 31 N Myrtle Beach 0.03 5.68 2.5B 62 29 Augusta, Ga. 0.00 6.95 3.1B 71 28 *A=Above, B=Below
Note: Weekly rainfall amounts are for the prior 24-hrs ending 7 am Monday through ending 7 am Sunday.
4 inch depth average soil temperature: Columbia 55 degrees.
RIVERS AND SURF
South Carolina river stages were nearing or below normal. Surf temperatures at Myrtle Beach and Savannah will average around 54 degrees.