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March 16, 2009 - March 22, 2009


Rain was reported on Monday into Tuesday morning for most of central South Carolina. Slow clearing was observed west to east Tuesday evening. Those locations across the Upstate that received the most hours of sunshine warmed into the 70's, while much of the Pee Dee and north coast remained cloudy and in the 50's. Low temperatures on Wednesday morning fell into the middle 30's. Warm, sunny weather was observed Thursday preceding a late-day cold front. A few light showers accompanied the boundary with Catawba in York County measuring 0.24 inches. Friday, the first day of spring, was sunny and cool. A dome of modified, cold air settled over the state on Saturday. Sunday morning temperatures dropped to near freezing with scattered reports of frost. Light winds and abundant sunshine allowed afternoon temperatures to recover into the 60's. The state average temperature for the period was three degrees below normal.

highest official temperature reported was 80 degrees at Walhalla on March 19. The lowest official temperature reported was 28 degrees at Chesnee on March 22. The heaviest 24-hour rainfall reported was 1.37 inches at Hemingway ending at 7:00 a.m. on March 17. The state average rainfall for the period was 0.5 inches.


                       Weekly   Jan 1   Departure     
                        Total   Total   from Avg
         Greer           0.14   10.45     -2.1
      Columbia           0.33    5.76     -6.1
    Orangeburg           0.88    7.42     -4.4
 Charlotte, NC           0.26    8.48     -2.3
   Augusta, GA           0.91    7.37     -4.6
      Florence           0.62    5.75     -4.2
N Myrtle Beach           0.83    5.48     -4.5
    Charleston           0.28    4.37     -5.7
  Savannah, GA           0.25    4.47     -5.0   



Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.  


4-inch depth average soil temperature: Columbia 59 degrees.


South Carolina river stages were near to below normal. Ocean water temperatures at Springmaid Pier Myrtle Beach were reported at 55 degrees.

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