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March 24, 2008 - March 30, 2008


Snow flurries were observed Monday evening at both Sandy Springs and Table Rock as modified Arctic air entered the state. On Tuesday morning, freezing temperatures and patchy frost were reported for many inland sites with the exception of the most southern counties. Barnwell measured an open pan evaporation water loss of 0.30 inches from the dry air. Warming, 80-degree weather, returned midweek through Friday. A southward moving cold front began advancing into the state early Saturday morning with clouds and rainshowers. The heaviest amounts fell over the west central counties with little or no rain falling over the Lowcountry. Sunday's weather was unseasonably cold with afternoon temperatures in the upper 40's and chilling northeast winds. The state average temperature for the period was four degrees below normal.

The highest official temperature reported was 83 degrees at Chesterfield, Cheraw, and Jamestown on March 28 and at Pritchardville on March 29. The lowest official temperature reported was 20 degrees at Lake Bowen on March 25. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 1.40 inches at Barnwell ending at 7:00 a.m. on March 30. The state average rainfall for the period was 0.3 inches.


                       Weekly   Jan 1  Deviation     
                        Total   Total   from Avg
         Greer           0.40   10.45     -3.4 
      Columbia           0.06    9.89     -3.1
    Orangeburg           0.62    9.71     -3.3
 Charlotte, NC           0.01    9.10     -2.7           	
   Augusta, GA           1.54   12.23     -0.9
      Florence           0.20    9.24     -1.8
N Myrtle Beach           0.40    9.93     -1.0
    Charleston           0.00    8.17     -2.9   
  Savannah, GA           0.00    8.84     -1.6

Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.  


4-inch depth average soil temperature: Columbia 60 degrees.


South Carolina river stages were near to below normal. Ocean water temperatures at Springmaid Pier Myrtle Beach were reported at 59 degrees.

For additional information contact tylerw@dnr.sc.gov or by calling (803) 734-9100.

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