Monday dawned clear and cold with frost across inland sites and a hard freeze upstate. On Tuesday, isolated light showers fell during the day but amounts did little for the state's dry conditions. Daily temperatures began a slow climb Wednesday and continued through the weekend. Sunday's twelve-hour sunshine and down sloping west winds pushed the mercury to the state's warmest temperatures this season. Charleston AP reported a daily record 90 degrees. By late evening Sunday, thunderstorms were developing over the South Carolina Mountains ahead of a frontal boundary. For the period, the state average temperature was one degree above normal.
The highest official temperature reported was 92 degrees at Givhans on April 2. The lowest official temperature reported was 23 degrees at Cedar Creek on the morning of March 27. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 0.22 inches at Keowee Dam ending at 7:00 a.m. on March 29. The average statewide rainfall for the period was 0.0 inches
PRECIPITATION AND TEMPERATURE DATA
Precipitation Weekly Jan 1 Deviation Total Total From Avg Greer 0.08 6.42 -7.8 Columbia 0.01 7.01 -6.3 Orangeburg 0.01 8.26 -5.1 Charlotte, NC 0.11 5.81 -6.4 Augusta, GA 0.20 9.89 -3.6 Florence 0.04 5.53 -5.8 Myrtle Beach 0.00 7.36 -3.8 Charleston 0.00 6.67 -4.7 Savannah, GA 0.00 7.17 -3.6 Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.
SOIL: 4-inch depth average soil temperature: Columbia 62 degrees.
RIVERS AND SURF: South Carolina river stages were below normal. Surf temperatures at Myrtle Beach and Savannah will average around 60 degrees.