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March 24 - March 30, 2014


Early morning minimum temperatures fell to 28 degrees on Monday at the Rock Hill AP, Sandy Springs and Chesnee. Afternoon maximum temperatures of 56 degrees were recorded at Anderson, Chester and Little Mountain. Waves of precipitation moved southeastward during the evening hours leaving 2 inches of snow at Caesars Head and 0.62 inches of rain at Sullivan's Island. A sunny and windy Tuesday included brief showers, some mixed with small hail. At 6:54 p.m., the Orangeburg AP measured northwest winds gusting to 40 mph and at 8:42 p.m., the Columbia Metro AP measured northwest winds gusting to 41 mph. Freezing air settled into the state on Wednesday. Bamberg's high temperature on Tuesday of 60 degrees fell 32 degrees to a Wednesday morning low of 28 degrees. Hard freezes were observed at Greenwood (22 degrees), Clinton (23 degrees), Barnwell (25 degrees) and Allendale (26 degrees). At 6:00 p.m., the relative humidity at Anderson, Greenville, Columbia and Orangeburg was reported at just 15 percent. Thursday morning began at 28 degrees for Sandhill and 29 degrees in Lake City. Moderate afternoon warming sent the mercury back to a near seasonal 69 degrees at Barnwell and 68 degrees at Allendale. Cloudy weather on Friday turned into rain. For the twenty-four hours ending at 7:00 a.m. on Saturday morning, the gage at N Inlet in Georgetown County measured 2.60 inches. Conway reported 2.00 inches and Holly hill received 1.28 inches. Kingstree and Orangeburg reached 79 degrees. West to east passing of the cold front brought a 40 mph wind gust to the Columbia Metro AP on Saturday night. Additional rainfall totals ending Sunday morning included 2.40 inches at the National Weather Service cooperative site in Myrtle Beach, giving them a two-day total of 3.85 inches. North winds on Sunday reached 45 mph at 1:05 p.m. over the Florence Regional AP. McCormick, Murrells Inlet and the Charleston AP made it to a sunny 70 degrees. AP The state average temperature for the seven-day period was six degrees below the long-term average.

The highest official temperature reported was 81 degrees at the Beaufort Marine Corps Air Station on March 29. The lowest official temperature reported was 17 degrees at Caesars Head and Jocassee on March 26. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 2.65 inches at Charleston City ending at 7:00 a.m. on March 29. The state average rainfall for the seven-day period was 0.8 inches.


                              Weekly   Jan 1   Departure   
        Anderson AP            0.33     9.41      -2.6
           Greer AP            0.41    10.33      -1.8
   Charlotte, NC AP            0.41    11.40       0.8
  Columbia Metro AP            0.59    10.25      -0.6
      Orangeburg AP            0.30     8.79      -2.7
Augusta, GA Bush AP            0.44     8.77      -3.1
        Florence AP            1.98    10.27       0.9 
  N Myrtle Beach AP            2.54     8.86      -2.1
      Charleston AP            1.85     9.78      -0.5
    Savannah, GA AP            0.37     6.76      -3.3

Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.  


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


South Carolina river stages were near normal. Charleston Harbor reported a water temperature of 57 degrees.

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