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March 27, 2017 - April 2, 2017


The Greenville-Spartanburg AP warmed to 80 degrees on a sunny Monday afternoon. Thundershowers brought rainfalls of 0.96 inches to Hogback Mountain, 0.95 inches to Batesburg and 0.73 inches to Table Rock. Florence and Bamberg reported a Tuesday high temperature of 85 degrees or nearly 15 degrees higher than the date's average. Allendale and Cades reached 86 degrees on Wednesday. East winds on Thursday moved moist air inland and up against a fast moving frontal boundary. A lengthening line of thunderstorms formed at mid-day from Jasper County northward into Cherokee County. At around 3:00 p.m., skies became quite dark in Columbia as strong thunderstorms approached the city. Heavy rains with embedded small hail caused flash flooding from downtown into Forest Acres. Instruments at the MLK Park in Five Points measured 2.20 inches of rain in 48 minutes. Other notable amounts during the storm's passing included 2.58 inches at Table Rock, 2.45 inches at Lugoff and 1.65 inches at Sandhill. Dillon and Barnwell shared a Thursday high temperature of 84 degrees. Gradual clearing was observed on Friday. The Beaufort Marine Corps Air Station warmed to 86 degrees. West winds gusted to 38 mph at Greenville-Spartanburg AP and the Columbia Metro AP. The March 2017 rainfall ranged from 7.45 inches at Caesars Head to 0.83 inches at McClellanville. Cooler air entered the state on Saturday morning, moving the minimum temperature to 43 degrees at Sassafras Mountain, Sandy Springs, Whitmire and Cedar Creek. A sunny McCormick, Holly Hill and Darlington all reported a high temperature of 81 degrees. On Sunday morning, Laurens cooled to 46 degrees. It was 48 degrees at the Greenville-Spartanburg AP, 50 degrees at Aiken and 52 degrees at Kingstree. The 83 degrees at Clarks Hill on Sunday afternoon was the state's warmest location.

The highest official temperature reported was 88 degrees at the Charleston AP on March 28. The lowest official temperature reported was 39 degrees at the SCDNR Walhalla State Fish Hatchery on March 29. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 2.64 inches at Caesars Head ending at 7:00 a.m. on March 31. The state average rainfall for the seven-day period was 0.6 inches. The state average temperature for the seven-day period was ten degrees above the long-term average.


  Weekly Jan 1 Departure
Anderson AP 0.83 9.60 -2.7
Greer AP 1.20 13.07 0.5
Charlotte, NC AP 0.54 9.62 -1.4
Columbia Metro AP 0.54 11.02 -0.1
Orangeburg AP 0.55 8.41 -3.4
Augusta, GA Bush AP 0.29 14.01 1.8
Florence AP 0.37 6.47 -3.2
N Myrtle Beach AP 0.25 5.47 -5.8
Charleston AP 0.18 5.20 -5.4
Savannah, GA AP 0.06 9.33 -1.1

Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.


4-inch depth soil temperature: Clinton 62 degrees. Columbia 68 degrees. Barnwell 61 degrees. Mullins 63 degrees.


South Carolina river stages were below normal. Charleston Harbor Custom House reported a water temperature of 68 degrees. The Fripp Nearshore Buoy Station 41033 reported a water temperature of 64 degrees.

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