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March 23 - March 29, 2015


A few of the heavier rainfall amounts measured on Monday morning included 1.39 inches at Georgetown AP, 1.35 inches at Barnwell and 1.20 inches at Holly Hill. West-to-east clearing during the day allowed Sumter's Shaw AFB to reach 68 degrees. Colder air settled into the state on Tuesday morning. Cedar Creek cooled to 37 degrees. Cheraw reported 38 degrees and Greenwood reported 40 degrees. A few showers lingered over Beaufort County. More showers moved into the Lowcountry Wednesday around the circulation of an area of low pressure located over eastern Georgia. That same feature brought warming, southerly winds and 79 degrees to Orangeburg. Isolated showers formed along the coastal plain bringing Galivant's Ferry a downpour of 1.54 inches and 0.66 inches to Mullins. Florence, Columbia and Beaufort all reached a Thursday afternoon high temperature of 78 degrees. Walterboro warmed to 81 degrees for its second day in a row. A boundary of unseasonable cold began arriving on Friday for the South Carolina Mountains. At 11:00 a.m., Sassafras Mt. (elevation 3533') noted 38 degrees while N Myrtle Beach AP (elevation 25') was a mild 72 degrees. Most rainfalls that accompanied the frontal pass were light but 0.82 inches fell in Mullins and 0.79 inches fell within a thunderstorm at the Florence Regional AP. One-half-inch hail was reported near Hilton Head AP causing minor leaf damage. Table Rock State Park observed snow flurries before clearing. On Saturday, 55 degrees was the high temperature at Anderson, Clarks Hill and the Conway AP. Freezing temperatures spilled into the state for Sunday morning threatening growers. The 32-degree temperature reports came in on the northern side of a line near Allendale County across Orangeburg County and into Georgetown County. Rock Hill, Sandy Springs and Cedar Creek reported 22 degrees. It was 26 degrees at the Greenwood AP. McCormick, Sumter and Bishopville recorded 27 degrees. At 4:00 p.m. on Sunday afternoon, clear, sunny weather was observed with Greenville, Sumter and Charleston all at a dry relative humidity value of 15 percent. Aiken and Sullivan's Island reached a Sunday high temperature of 58 degrees. Anderson's weekly rainfall of just 0.06 inches fell in increments of 0.02 inches on March 23, 25 and 27. The state average temperature for the seven-day period was near the long-term average.

The highest official temperature reported was 81 degrees at Walterboro on March 25 and 26. The lowest official temperature reported was 19 degrees at Jocassee 8WNW and Chesnee on March 29. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 1.83 inches at Allendale and McClellanville ending at 7:00 a.m. on March 23. The state average rainfall for the seven-day period was 0.4 inches.


                              Weekly   Jan 1    Departure 
        Anderson AP            0.06     8.01      -3.8
           Greer AP            0.12     9.19      -2.8
   Charlotte, NC AP            0.25     7.75      -2.7
  Columbia Metro AP            0.19    10.12      -0.6
      Orangeburg AP            0.19     9.82      -1.5
Augusta, GA Bush AP            0.04     9.75      -2.0
        Florence AP            0.85    10.33       1.1 
  N Myrtle Beach AP            1.35     9.62      -1.2 
      Charleston AP            0.64    10.19       0.1
    Savannah, GA AP            0.62     9.55      -0.4

Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.  


4-inch depth soil temperature: Columbia 60 degrees, Charleston 59 degrees.


South Carolina river stages were near to below normal. Charleston Harbor reported a water temperature of 60 degrees and Springmaid Pier at Myrtle Beach reported a surf water temperature of 55 degrees.

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