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March 22, 2010 - March 28, 2010


Late season cold returned on Monday following the passing of a cold front. A dusting of snow was reported at Caesars Head, Table Rock and Jones Gap before clearing occurred. On Tuesday morning, Hunts Bridge recorded a low temperature of 29 degrees. A slow warming trend began Wednesday for much of the state. Lake Wateree warmed to 78 degrees. Tree pollen was beginning to appear on exposed surfaces across the Midlands. The Columbia Metro AP and downtown Columbia Owens AP both reported a 77-degree high temperature on Thursday. The interaction between building warmth to the south and weak boundaries entering from the north produced a few light showers within the partly sunny conditions though Friday. Edisto Beach and Conway each reported 75 degrees Friday afternoon. On Saturday morning, Table Rock and Chesnee dropped to 32 degrees. Seasonal weather was observed over the weekend ahead of storms that developed Sunday evening. Passing showers and increasing winds evolved into severe thunderstorms that included hail and tornadoes on Sunday night. Golf ball-sized hail fell over parts of Pickens, Greenville, Abbeville, York and Cherokee counties. Preliminary surveys indicated tornado paths within McCormick, Edgefield, Lexington and Fairfield counties. Nearing midnight, several storm cells with intense rainfall rates were racing to the east. The state average temperature for the seven day period was near normal.

The highest official temperature reported was 80 degrees at Camden on March 24. The lowest official temperature reported was 27 degrees at Jocassee on March 23. The heaviest official 24-hour rain reported was 1.67 inches at Jocassee ending at 7:00 a.m. on March 22. The state average rainfall for the period was 0.2 inches.




                       Weekly   Jan 1   Departure     
                        Total   Total   from Avg
         Greer           0.58   12.04     -1.5
      Anderson           0.50   11.66     -1.6
      Columbia           0.05    7.87     -4.8
    Orangeburg           0.10   10.76     -1.9
 Charlotte, NC           1.76   12.71      1.1
   Augusta, GA           0.00   10.75     -2.1
      Florence           0.17    7.82     -2.9
N Myrtle Beach           0.16    8.03     -2.6
    Charleston           0.12   12.34      1.5
  Savannah, GA           0.15   11.81      1.7   


Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.  


4-inch depth soil temperature: Columbia 60 degrees, Charleston 63 degrees.


South Carolina river stages were near normal. Ocean water temperatures at Springmaid Pier Myrtle Beach were reported at 58 degrees.

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