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March 16, 2015 - March 22, 2015

Monday's sunrise temperatures cooled to 36 degrees at Rock Hill and 38 degrees at Saluda. Fast warming was observed through the day. Both Table Rock and Allendale reached 86 degrees. The Tuesday morning minimum temperature of 34 degrees at Sandy Springs soared 50 degrees to an afternoon high temperature of 84 degrees. At 3:00 p.m., all inland sites away from the immediate beaches were reporting temperatures in the 80's. It was 86 degrees in Orangeburg, Charleston and Beaufort. Most peach orchards in Edgefield County were in full bloom. A shallow boundary of cooler air moved into the state on Wednesday. The Cade's Tuesday high temperature of 85 degrees fell back to a Wednesday high temperature of just 68 degrees. Cloudy, cool conditions along with showers were observed early Thursday. A range of low temperatures included 43 degrees at Jocassee (Walhalla Fish Hatchery), 53 degrees at Columbia Metro AP and 63 degrees at Beaufort. McCormick measured 0.39 inches of rain ending at 7:00 a.m. Thursday's passing rains left generous amounts from the Midlands into the Lowcountry. Pelion received 1.49 inches and 1.47 inches fell in Charleston City. Aiken, Clarks Hill and Barnwell all measured 1.20 inches. Edisto Beach noted a Friday afternoon high temperature of 72 degrees just before winter became spring at the 6:45 p.m. equinox. On Saturday, Barnwell and Johnston were the warmest at 76 degrees. Cloudy skies and rains took up most of Sunday. Sullivan's Island and the Conway AP recorded a high temperature of 63 degrees. At 10:00 p.m., Greenville, Columbia, Orangeburg, Charleston and Myrtle Beach all reported light rain. The state average temperature for the seven-day period was four degrees above the long-term average.


The highest official temperature reported was 88 degrees at Johnston on March 17. The lowest official temperature reported was 29 degrees at Jocassee 8WNW and Spartanburg on March 17. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 1.55 inches at Summerville ending at 7:00 a.m. on March 20. The state average rainfall for the seven-day period was 0.9 inches.


                              Weekly   Jan 1    Departure 
        Anderson AP            0.70     7.95      -2.9
           Greer AP            0.37     9.07      -2.0
   Charlotte, NC AP            0.22     7.50      -2.1
  Columbia Metro AP            1.27     9.93       0.0
      Orangeburg AP            1.71     9.63      -0.8
Augusta, GA Bush AP            2.10     9.71      -1.2
        Florence AP            0.87     9.48       0.9 
  N Myrtle Beach AP            0.52     8.27      -1.6 
      Charleston AP            1.03     9.55       0.3
    Savannah, GA AP            0.55     8.93      -0.2

Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.  


4-inch depth soil temperature: Columbia 62 degrees, Charleston 62 degrees.


South Carolina river stages were near normal. Charleston Harbor reported a water temperature of 60 degrees and Springmaid Pier at Myrtle Beach reported a surf water temperature of 55 degrees.

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