High pressure provided sunny weather and near normal temperatures on Monday, March 24. On Tuesday, southeasterly winds helped initiate scattered showers over eastern counties. Early Wednesday morning a cold front quickly swept through the state with additional rains in the form of thunderstorms. Several locations in the northern midlands and upstate reported amounts over 1 inch. Mostly sunny weather prevailed into Friday when another weak front approached from the northwest. Showers and thunderstorms were reported from Friday afternoon into early Saturday. Hail up to 1.75" in size occurred in Greenville, Anderson and Pickens counties. Saturday was a beautiful day with afternoon temperatures warming into the mid 80's. The week ended a little cooler as winds shifted more northeasterly. Statewide temperatures for the period averaged 3 degrees above normal in the upstate to 7 degrees above normal along the southern coast.PRECIPITATION AND TEMPERATURE DATA
The maximum observed temperature was 88 degrees on March 29 at Jamestown. The minimum observed temperature was 29 degrees at Cedar Creek on the morning of March 24. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall was recorded at Cheraw with 2.56" ending at 7:00 a.m. on March 26. Statewide rainfall for the period averaged 0.7". Precipitation Period 1997 Deviation* Temperature Location Total Total From Avg. Maximum Minimum Greer 0.78 13.6 0.2B 80 38 Charlotte, NC 0.49 10.1 1.8B 82 41 Columbia 0.40 10.3 2.9B 86 37 Florence FAA 0.15 9.2 1.6B 87 43 Blackville 0.18 10.8 1.8B 87 45 Augusta, GA 0.67 10.8 2.1B 88 38 Beaufort 0.30 8.8 2.2B 84 49 Charleston 0.48 7.4 3.5B 84 44 Myrtle Beach 0.45 10.5 1.7B 87 45 *A=Above, B=BelowENERGY DEMAND AND AGRICULTURAL ADVISORY
Degree Days Actual Mar. 1-30 Cooling Heating Columbia 50 148 Charleston 77 91 Greenville 9 228 Temperatures are expected to average near normal for the week. Rainfall is expected to be near normal. The Sandhill Experiment Station in north Columbia reports an average 4-inch depth soil temperature of 67 degrees.RIVERS AND SURF
River stages are near to above normal. Surf temperatures at Myrtle Beach and Savannah will average around 65 degrees.
As a reminder: Daylight Saving Time begins Sunday, April 6, at 2 A.M. Set clock time ahead 1 hour.