SOUTH CAROLINA WEATHER AND CLIMATE

March 8 - 14, 2004


WEATHER SUMMARY

The week began with a seasonal day of normal temperatures. A weak cold front crossed the state with colder air on Tuesday. Rainfall amounts were light and missed most sites, yet there were isolated thunderstorms across the southern midlands. On Wednesday and Thursday mornings there were reports of frost and sub-freezing temperatures. A warming trend began on Friday and continued through the weekend. Afternoon high temperatures rose into the upper 60's and low 70's before clouds increased late in the day on Sunday. The average statewide temperature for the period was 2 degrees below normal.

The state's highest reported temperature was 77 degrees at Beaufort on March 14. The lowest temperature reported was 22 degrees at Chester on the morning of March 11. The heaviest 24-hour rainfall reported was 1.08" at Jamestown ending at 7:00 a.m. on March 10. The average statewide rainfall for the period was 0.1.

PRECIPITATION AND TEMPERATURE DATA

                             Precipitation                 
                       Weekly   Jan 1  Deviation     
                        Total   Total   From Avg
         Greer           0.00    6.01       -5.1          
      Columbia           0.00    6.00       -4.6
   Augusta, GA           0.23    7.75       -3.1           
     *Florence           0.01    4.67       -4.3  
  Myrtle Beach           0.30    7.87       -1.1            
    Charleston           0.16    6.13       -2.9  
             
   *Equipment problems have made rainfall reports unreliable.

Note: Weekly rainfall amounts are for the 24-hour period ending midnight Sunday.

SOIL

4 inch depth average soil temperature: Columbia 57 degrees.

RIVERS AND SURF

RIVERS AND SURF: South Carolina river stages were near to below normal. Surf
temperatures at Myrtle Beach and Savannah will average around 54 degrees.


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