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March 15, 2010 - March 21, 2010


Dillon, Camden, Cades and Manning all reported a high temperature of 69 degrees on Monday. An area of low pressure, well south of the state, sent clouds northward Tuesday afternoon, and by Wednesday morning light showers were drifting northward into Aiken County. Gray skies limited any sunshine warmth. Pickens, located in the Foothills of the state and McClellanville, located along the central coast, both reported a high temperature of only 54 degrees. Occasional showers fell over much of eastern South Carolina and continued through Thursday. Thursday's highest temperature of 70 degrees occurred at Clemson AP due to a nearly full day of sunshine. A few of the usual cold sites observed frost on Friday morning. Pelion recorded a minimum temperature of 34 degrees. The season's warmest weather arrived on Saturday, the first day of spring. Most inland locations enjoyed afternoon temperatures peaking in the middle to upper 70's. Dillon and Cades reached 80 degrees. Cloudy, cool conditions with periods of rain were observed on Sunday. The state average temperature for the seven day period was 1 degree below normal.

The highest official temperature reported was 81 degrees at Andrews and Camden on March 20. The lowest official temperature reported was 32 degrees at Cedar Creek and Walhalla on March 16. The heaviest official 24-hour rain reported was 0.48 inches at Rock Hill AP on March 21. The state average rainfall for the period was 0.3 inches.




                       Weekly   Jan 1   Departure     
                        Total   Total   from Avg
         Greer           0.59   11.46     -0.9
      Anderson           0.20   11.16     -0.9
      Columbia           0.28    7.82     -3.9
    Orangeburg           0.46   10.66     -1.0
 Charlotte, NC           0.34   10.95      0.3
   Augusta, GA           0.38   10.75     -1.1
      Florence           0.26    7.65     -2.2
N Myrtle Beach           0.08    7.87     -2.0
    Charleston           0.36   12.22      2.3
  Savannah, GA           0.09   11.66      2.4   

Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.  


4-inch depth soil temperature: Columbia 59 degrees, Charleston 60 degrees.


South Carolina river stages were near normal. Ocean water temperatures at Springmaid Pier Myrtle Beach were reported at 54 degrees.

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