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WEEKLY SOUTH CAROLINA WEATHER 2014

March 17 - March 23, 2014

WEATHER SUMMARY:

Twenty-four hour rainfall amounts ending at 7:00 a.m. on Monday morning included 1.43 inches at Gaffney and Union, 1.25 inches at Pelion and 1.09 inches at Hemingway. At noon, Hartsville, Darlington and Florence all reported cloudy skies and a cold 39 degrees. Additional rainfalls from Monday into Tuesday morning totaled 1.10 inches at Chester and 0.85 inches at Myrtle Beach. The Tuesday high temperature at Winnsboro of just 41 degrees was 25 degrees below the date's average value. Most of Wednesday was cloudy with afternoon temperatures in the 40's. Milder conditions were observed on Thursday. The vernal equinox, signifying the change of seasons, occurred shortly after the noon hour on Thursday. Columbia, Orangeburg and Georgetown all reported high temperatures of 74 degrees. On Friday morning, Calhoun Falls, Saluda and Laurens noted a freezing 31 degrees. Johnston, the Columbia Metro AP and Lake City cooled to 34 degrees. Sunny skies and nearly calm air allowed for moderate warming on Saturday. Florence Regional AP reached 80 degrees at 2:46 p.m. Sunday began cloudy and cool with reduced visibilities down to one-eighth of a mile in fog at Florence and McEntire ANG. A boundary of colder air approached from the northwest on Sunday turning surface winds to the northeast and lowering afternoon temperatures back into the upper 50's and lower 60's for the Upstate. The coastal locations of McClellanville and Beaufort reported a Sunday high temperature of 79 degrees. The state average temperature for the seven-day period was three degrees below the long-term average.

The highest official temperature reported was 81 degrees at Barnwell on March 22. The lowest official temperature reported was 27 degrees at Ninety Nine Islands on March 21. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 1.78 inches at Jocassee and Allendale ending at 7:00 a.m. on March 17. The state average rainfall for the seven-day period was 0.3 inches.

PRECIPITATION:

 
                                  
                                   Precipitation                
                              Weekly   Jan 1   Departure   
        Anderson AP            0.23     9.08      -1.9
           Greer AP            0.40     9.92      -1.3
   Charlotte, NC AP            0.59    10.99       1.2
  Columbia Metro AP            0.18     9.66      -0.4
      Orangeburg AP            0.16     8.49      -2.0
Augusta, GA Bush AP            0.14     8.33      -2.7
        Florence AP            0.20     8.29      -0.4 
  N Myrtle Beach AP            0.22     6.32      -3.7
      Charleston AP            0.43     7.93      -1.5
    Savannah, GA AP            0.60     6.39      -2.8




Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.  

SOIL:

4-inch depth soil temperature: Columbia 54 degrees, Charleston 61 degrees.

RIVERS AND SURF:

South Carolina river stages were near normal. Charleston Harbor reported a water temperature of 57 degrees.

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