March 12 - March 19, 2006


Afternoon temperatures on Monday climbed into the 80's all across South Carolina. Southwest winds gusted to 35 mph at Greer. Pollen counts were highest near the coast and expanding westward into the midlands. A cold front entered the state Tuesday producing scattered light showers over dry soils. Early morning temperatures fell to freezing or below Wednesday for inland locations. Seasonal 60 degree high temperatures were observed through Thursday before warming back into the low 70's on Friday and Saturday. Clouds began increasing Sunday in response to a low pressure feature approaching from the west. For the period, the state average temperature was two degrees above normal.

The highest official temperature reported was 88 degrees at McEntire ANG AP on March 13. The lowest official temperature reported was 25 degrees at Cedar Creek on the morning of March 15. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 0.31 inches at Chappells ending at 7:00 a.m. on March 14. The average statewide rainfall for the period was 0.1 inches.


                       Weekly   Jan 1  Deviation     
                        Total   Total   From Avg
         Greer           0.00    5.14     -6.9
      Columbia           0.00    6.12     -5.3 
    Orangeburg           0.07    6.11     -5.4  
 Charlotte, NC           0.23    4.73     -5.6             	
   Augusta, GA           0.39    6.78     -4.8  
      Florence           0.00    5.42     -4.2
  Myrtle Beach           0.02    5.91     -3.7
    Charleston           0.07    6.31     -3.4     
  Savannah, GA           0.12    6.97     -2.1

Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.  

SOIL: 4-inch depth average soil temperature: Columbia 62 degrees.

RIVERS AND SURF: South Carolina river stages were below normal. Surf temperatures at Myrtle Beach and Savannah will average around 56 degrees.