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March 28, 2016 - April 3, 2016


A clear sunrise over wet surfaces made for a bright Monday morning. Drying northeast winds through the afternoon gusted to 36 mph at Shaw AFB. Little Mountain and Sandhill made it to 80 degrees. Cedar Creek's 80-degree Monday high temperature fell 43 degrees overnight to a cold 37 degrees. Sandy Springs also noted a 43-degree fall from Monday's high of 78 degrees to a Tuesday minimum of 35 degrees. At 4:53 p.m., N Myrtle Beach reported 63 degrees or 20 degrees colder than at the same time on Monday. Chesnee reported a Wednesday morning low temperature of 34 degrees before veering surface winds from the east arrived. Saluda and Barnwell reached a mild 76 degrees on Wednesday afternoon. Steady south winds on Thursday brought showers over the eastern counties. Allendale, Walterboro and the Beaufort Marine Corps Air Station all warmed to 81 degrees. The 31 days of March ended with a rainfall range of 4.65 inches at Sullivan's Island to 1.15 inches at Marion. Rainfall measurements taken on Friday morning, April 1, included 1.90 inches at McCormick, 1.72 inches at Springfield, 1.30 inches at Florence and 1.10 inches at Galivants Ferry. A thunderstorm wind gust of 51 mph was observed at the Columbia Metro AP at 4:19 p.m. More rain-bearing areas of convection moved eastward through the state into Saturday. At least eight separate CoCoRaHS volunteers in Aiken County reported Saturday morning, 24-hour amounts of over 3.50 inches. Strong west winds on Saturday's clearing skies gusted to 46 mph at Florence. Additional 40 mph gusts were observed at Clemson-Oconee AP, Columbia Metro AP, Orangeburg AP and Marion County AP. Johns Island was one of the warmer locations on Saturday with a high temperature of 77 degrees. Sunday's daylight arrived with 36 degrees atop Sassafras Mountain and at Table Rock State Park. Hartsville and Summerville cooled to 46 degrees. At 4:00 p.m., the Greenville Downtown AP, Orangeburg AP, Kingstree AP and Myrtle Beach AP all reported a relative humidity value of 18 percent. Sullivan's Island made it to 77 degrees for Sunday's highest temperature.

The highest official temperature reported was 83 degrees at N Myrtle Beach AP, Georgetown AP and the Charleston AP on March 28 and at Florence AP, Hartsville, Cades and Columbia Metro AP on March 31. The lowest official temperature reported was 30 degrees at Jocassee 8WNW on March 29. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 4.05 inches at the USGS Horse Creek gage near Clearwater (Aiken County) ending at 6:15 p.m. on April 1. The state average rainfall for the seven-day period was 1.1 inches. The state average temperature for the seven-day period was five degrees above the long-term average.


  Weekly Jan 1 Departure
Anderson AP 0.52 8.67 -3.7
Greer AP 0.57 10.52 -2.2
Charlotte, NC AP 0.43 7.90 -3.2
Columbia Metro AP 1.58 10.01 -1.2
Orangeburg AP 0.11 9.58 -2.3
Augusta, GA Bush AP 4.15 12.57 0.2
Florence AP 1.92 10.91 1.2
N Myrtle Beach AP 0.36 9.90 -1.5
Charleston AP 0.57 12.03 1.3
Savannah, GA AP 1.38 12.78 2.2

Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.


4-inch depth soil temperature: Columbia 65 degrees. Charleston 69 degrees.


South Carolina river stages were near normal. The Charleston Harbor Ravenel Bridge reported a water temperature of 67 degrees. Springmaid Pier at Myrtle Beach reported a surf water temperature of 64 degrees.

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