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WEEKLY SOUTH CAROLINA WEATHER 2017

March 13, 2017 - March 19, 2017

WEATHER SUMMARY:

A heavy frost on Monday morning followed the melting snows of Sunday. Ninety Nine Islands in Cherokee County reported a low temperature of 23 degrees. Cloudy skies trapped the surface cold for most of the day and kept the maximum temperature for Clinton and the Hartsville AP to just 41 degrees. Showers moved northward from mid-afternoon into Tuesday, leaving amounts of 1.10 inches at Dillon, Hartsville and Myrtle Beach City. Partial sunshine arrived late that afternoon and with a surge of cold. On Wednesday morning, Sassafras Mountain recorded 12.4 degrees. It was 19 degrees at Table Rock, 26 degrees at McEntire ANG and 32 degrees at Johns Island AP. Northwest winds gusted to 33 mph at the Columbia Metro AP. At noon, it was mid-winter again with a cold 36 degrees observed at Greenville, Winnsboro and Darlington. Sunrise temperatures on Thursday morning were the coldest "for so late" in 24 years (1993). A hard freeze was noted from a line north of and including Allendale, Walterboro, Charleston AP, Manning, Kingstree and Conway. It was 17 degrees in Greenwood, 18 degrees in Johnston, 19 degrees in Aiken, 20 degrees in Florence, 21 degrees in Calhoun Falls, 22 degrees at Columbia Metro AP, 23 degrees at Shaw AFB and a freezing 32 degrees at Folly Island. Preliminary inspections of berry and peach acreage, subjected to the hard freeze hours, indicated damage not seen since the late-season cold of April 8, 2007. Temperatures on Friday morning fell to 22 degrees at Holly Hill and Darlington. A heavy frost made its way to Hilton Head Island. Slow warming began on Friday afternoon for the Lowcountry. Summerville recovered from a 28-degree start to an afternoon value of 68 degrees. Overnight showers, moving eastward through the Upstate, brought 0.26 inches of rain to the Kings Mountain National Military Park. Forcing from the south helped Greenville reach an agreeable 75 degrees. Scattered, light showers on Saturday concentrated over parts of the Pee Dee with Dillon receiving 0.22 inches and 0.15 inches for Mullins. Sunny weather was observed on Sunday, winter's last official day. The Sandhill Research and Education Center in Richland County was the state's warmest location with a high temperature of 68 degrees.

The highest official temperature reported was 79 degrees at the Beaufort Marine Corps Air Station on March 18. The lowest official temperature reported was 11 degrees at the SCDNR Walhalla State Fish Hatchery on March 16. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 1.21 inches at North ending at 7:00 a.m. on March 14. The state average rainfall for the seven-day period was 0.5 inches. The state average temperature for the seven-day period was eight degrees below the long-term average.

PRECIPITATION:

  Weekly Jan 1 Departure
Anderson AP 0.22 8.26 -2.2
Greer AP 0.25 7.73 -2.9
Charlotte, NC AP 0.74 8.75 -0.5
Columbia Metro AP 0.67 9.97 0.4
Orangeburg AP 0.54 7.54 -2.5
Augusta, GA Bush AP 0.62 13.24 2.7
Florence AP 0.29 5.81 -2.4
N Myrtle Beach AP 1.20 5.13 -4.4
Charleston AP 0.41 4.69 -4.2
Savannah, GA AP 0.33 9.27 0.5

Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.

SOIL:

4-inch depth soil temperature: Clinton 52 degrees. Columbia 60 degrees. Barnwell 51 degrees. Mullins 51 degrees.

RIVERS AND SURF:

South Carolina river stages were below to much below normal. Charleston Harbor Custom House reported a water temperature of 58 degrees. Sunset Beach, NC, Nearshore Buoy (NDBC 41024) water temperature was missing.

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