March 21 - March 27, 2005


After a dry and mild Monday, Tuesday was a cloudy day with scattered heavy rains. Sites near downtown Charleston received between two and four inches during a storm event. Springtime warmth was evident across South Carolina Wednesday with 80 degree observations. Flowering and pollen counts saw a dramatic increase with the warming air and soils. The weekend started with increasing clouds as a boundary positioned west to east across the state. Scattered thunderstorms were reported on both Saturday and Sunday. Rainfall amounts within Beaufort County totaled nearly eight inches during the week. For the period, the state average temperature was four degrees above normal.

The highest official temperature reported was 83 degrees at Jamestown on March 23. The lowest official temperature reported was 37 degrees at Hunts Bridge on the morning of March 24. The heaviest 24-hour rainfall reported was 4.00 inches at Ft. Moultrie ending at 7:00 a.m. on March 23. The average statewide rainfall for the period was 2.9 inches.


                       Weekly   Jan 1  Deviation     
                        Total   Total   From Avg
         Greer           2.63     8.8       -4.6
      Columbia           2.60    10.1       -2.6       
    Orangeburg           2.91    10.2       -2.7
 Charlotte, NC           1.87     8.3       -3.2 
   Augusta, GA           3.74    13.0        0.3
      Florence           1.00     7.8       -2.8           
  Myrtle Beach           1.37     5.9       -4.6
    Charleston           3.30     8.7       -2.0         
  Savannah, GA  	 5.31    10.4        0.4

Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.  

SOIL: 4 inch depth average soil temperature: Columbia 64 degrees.

RIVERS AND SURF: South Carolina river stages were near to above normal and rising. Surf temperatures at Myrtle Beach and Savannah will average around 60 degrees.