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March 9, 2015 - March 15, 2015

The daybreak temperature of 54 degrees on Monday at Florence was their mildest since January 4. At 2:00 p.m., calm air was reported at Anderson, Orangeburg and Hartsville. Allendale and Georgetown warmed to 76 degrees. Southerly winds on Tuesday moved the temperature into the 80's. Sumter reached 83 degrees. Light showers moved over the Upstate with amounts generally less than one-tenth of an inch. The Wednesday low temperature of just 61 degrees at Columbia Metro AP set a date record for "highest minimum." Afternoon temperatures over much of central and southern South Carolina climbed into the middle and upper 80's. The 89 degrees at Jamestown made it the state's highest temperature since the 86 degrees at Yemassee on November 5, 2014. Kingstree and Cades reported 88 degrees and Orangeburg reached 86 degrees. The 2:00 p.m. observation at Charleston AP of 85 degrees was 25 degrees warmer than the surf-cooled location of Folly Beach. Wednesday's showers left Chester 0.30 inches and Johnston 0.21 inches. A boundary of cooler air arrived from the north on Thursday. Lake City's Thursday afternoon high temperature of 71 degrees was 15 degrees cooler than their Wednesday maximum. Clouds and steady northeast winds on Friday moved the conditions back to late winter. Aiken cooled to 45 degrees. Little Mountain and Clarks Hill only made it to a Friday high temperature of 50 degrees. Afternoon and overnight rains brought an even one inch to Barnwell and 0.90 inches to Sandy Springs. Warming made an effort on Saturday over the Lowcountry but areas to the north were cloudy, cool and wet. Beaufort's Saturday high temperature reached 76 degrees while 62 degrees was the high temperature at Rock Hill. Multi-day rainfall totals measured on Sunday morning included 1.54 inches in Walterboro, 1.39 inches at Shaw AFB, 1.32 inches at McColl and 1.09 inches in Hemingway. Mostly sunny, warm weather ended the week. Table Rock State Park, Barnwell and Beaufort each noted a Sunday high temperature of 80 degrees. The state average temperature for the seven-day period was nine degrees above the long-term average.


The highest official temperature reported was 89 degrees at Jamestown on March 11. The lowest official temperature reported was 37 degrees at Caesars Head on March 15. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 1.40 inches at Darlington ending at 7:00 a.m. on March 15. The state average rainfall for the seven-day period was 0.7 inches.


                              Weekly   Jan 1    Departure 
        Anderson AP            0.85     7.25      -2.6
           Greer AP            0.95     8.70      -1.3
   Charlotte, NC AP            0.70     7.28      -1.5
  Columbia Metro AP            0.70     8.66      -0.4
      Orangeburg AP            0.61     7.92      -1.6
Augusta, GA Bush AP            0.51     7.61      -2.4
        Florence AP            1.06     8.61       0.8 
  N Myrtle Beach AP            0.17     7.75      -1.3 
      Charleston AP            0.28     8.52       0.1
    Savannah, GA AP            0.54     8.38       0.1

Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.  


4-inch depth soil temperature: Columbia 61 degrees, Charleston 64 degrees.


South Carolina river stages were near normal. Charleston Harbor reported a water temperature of 57 degrees and Springmaid Pier at Myrtle Beach reported a surf water temperature of 53 degrees.

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