SOUTH CAROLINA WEATHER AND CLIMATE
March 17-23, 1997
A frosty morning started the week for western sites across the state.
Low temperatures on Monday morning ranged from the upper 20's to mid 30's.
Gradual warming occurred into Tuesday prior to a weak cold front passing
through the state on Wednesday. Most of the state received showers although
amounts were generally light. Cooler, drier air controlled the weather on
Thursday and Friday. On Saturday, March 22, west winds and clear, sunny
skies sent the mercury well into the 80's. Another cold front quickly passed
late on Saturday with surfacewinds shifting more northerly and temperatures
falling around 15 degrees. High pressure provided sunny, cool conditions as
the week ended. Statewide temperatures for the period averaged 3 degrees
PRECIPITATION AND TEMPERATURE DATA
The maximum observed temperature was 88 degrees on March 22 at Holly
Hill. The minimum observed temperature was 25 degrees at Cedar Creek on the
morning of March 17. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall was recorded at
Kershaw with 0.90" ending at 7:00 a.m. on March 20. Statewide rainfall for
the period averaged 0.3".
Period 1997 Deviation* Temperature
Location Total Total From Avg. Maximum Minimum
Greer 0.36 12.8 0.2A 81 31
Charlotte, NC 0.44 9.3 1.7B 79 33
Columbia 0.04 9.9 2.3B 84 31
Florence FAA 0.24 9.1 0.9B 85 31
Blackville 0.41 10.7 1.0B 85 34
Augusta, GA 0.37 10.0 1.9B 86 33
Beaufort 0.12 8.5 1.5B 86 44
Charleston 0.30 6.9 3.2B 87 36
Myrtle Beach 0.40 10.0 1.1B 85 36
ENERGY DEMAND AND AGRICULTURAL ADVISORY
Columbia 39 128
Charleston 53 84
Greenville 7 177
Temperatures are expected to average near to above normal for the week.
Rainfall is expected to be near normal.The Sandhill Experiment Station in
north Columbia reports an average 4-inch depth soil temperature of 65 degrees.
RIVERS AND SURF
River stages are near to above normal. Surf temperatures at Myrtle Beach
and Savannah will average around 61 degrees.
Sandi St.Claire, email@example.com