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March 23, 2009 - March 29, 2009


Following a cold sunrise, mild weather was observed from Monday afternoon through Tuesday. Jamestown reported a Monday high temperature of 78 degrees and Allendale, 77 degrees on Tuesday. Clouds increased for Wednesday with a few rain showers affecting the Upstate. A nearly stationary boundary remained draped across the state through Saturday with periods of rain, some heavy and with thunder. During the four-day stretch from Wednesday though Saturday, Table Rock measured 3.92 inches of rain, Jocassee Dam, 3.55 inches. The mild conditions have jump-started spring flowering while the wet weather helped rinse early surface coatings of tree pollen. Drying sunshine returned on Sunday's building high pressure, with strong, westerly winds gusting to 44 mph at the Florence AP. Conway and Jamestown both recorded an afternoon high temperature of 78 degrees on Sunday before the cold front swept away the warmth. The state average temperature for the period was two degrees above normal.

The highest official temperature reported was 79 degrees at Myrtle Beach AP on March 29. The lowest official temperature reported was 32 degrees at Cedar Creek March 23. The heaviest 24-hour rainfall reported was 2.90 inches at McCormick ending at 7:00 a.m. on March 29. The state average rainfall for the period was 1.6 inches.


                       Weekly   Jan 1   Departure     
                        Total   Total   from Avg
         Greer           2.43   12.88     -0.8
      Columbia           1.72    7.48     -5.4
    Orangeburg           1.00    8.42     -4.5
 Charlotte, NC           1.65   10.13     -1.6
   Augusta, GA           1.69    9.06     -3.9
      Florence           1.09    6.84     -4.0
N Myrtle Beach           1.46    6.94     -3.8
    Charleston           0.96    5.33     -5.6
  Savannah, GA           1.65    6.12     -4.2   



Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.  


4-inch depth average soil temperature: Columbia 59 degrees.


South Carolina river stages were near to above normal. Ocean water temperatures at Springmaid Pier Myrtle Beach were reported at 57 degrees.

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