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March 8, 2010 - March 14, 2010


Most of the state shared in the 70-degree mild temperatures on Monday. Walhalla, Clemson, Bamberg and Hardeeville each reported a high temperature of 74 degrees. The season's warmest weather occurred on Tuesday with Columbia and Charleston recording 77 degrees and Florence 76 degrees. It was the highest temperature in four months for those sites. On Wednesday, a nearly stationary boundary separated the Upstate with the coast. Walterboro noted a high temperature of 76 degrees while Jocassee could only reach 51 degrees. Rain showers developed during the day and spread eastward. Clarks Hill received 0.97 inches of rain. Heavy rains formed in thunderstorm clusters near the coast on Thursday with Charleston City measuring 1.93 inches. The unsettled weather continued Friday with isolated showers rotating southeastward and small hail reported over Charleston County within a late night storm. Mostly sunny, windy conditions were observed Saturday. Passing sprinkles joined the alternating hours of clouds and sunshine on Sunday. The state average temperature for the seven day period was 1 degree above normal.

The highest official temperature reported was 79 degrees at Andrews and Jamestown on March 9. The lowest official temperature reported was 25 degrees at Cedar Creek on March 8. The heaviest official 24-hour rain reported was 2.18 inches at Cheraw ending at 7:00 a.m. on March 13. The state average rainfall for the period was 1.5 inches.



                       Weekly   Jan 1   Departure     
                        Total   Total   from Avg
         Greer           1.11   10.87     -0.3
      Anderson           1.85   10.37      0.0
      Columbia           1.05    7.54     -3.1
    Orangeburg           2.11   10.20     -0.4
 Charlotte, NC           1.66   10.61      1.1
   Augusta, GA           2.33   10.37     -0.4
      Florence           0.69    7.39     -1.5
N Myrtle Beach           0.89    7.79     -1.2
    Charleston           2.57   11.86      2.9
  Savannah, GA           1.85   11.57      3.1   

Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.  


4-inch depth soil temperature: Columbia 54 degrees, Charleston 57 degrees.


South Carolina river stages were near normal. Ocean water temperatures at Springmaid Pier Myrtle Beach were reported at 51 degrees.

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