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March 29, 2010 - April 4, 2010


Leftover storm cells, moving northeast through the Pee Dee region, were slow to exit on Monday morning. Andrews, in Georgetown County received 1.60 inches of rain on Monday. Stable, high pressure returned for Tuesday with sunshine and gusting winds. Chesnee recorded a late freeze of 32 degrees on Wednesday morning. Following the unseasonably cool, last day of March morning, climbing temperatures would be observed into the weekend. The dry atmosphere produced 5:00 p.m., Wednesday afternoon relative humidity values of 13 percent at Greenville and 14 percent at Columbia Hamilton Owens AP. At month's end Georgetown AP had received 5.08 inches of rain while the Wateree Dam site just 1.13 inches of rain. The year's highest temperatures were noted on Thursday with most of South Carolina reporting mid-80-degree warmth. Jamestown reached 90 degrees, Chesterfield and Barnwell, 89 degrees. It was the state's warmest day since October 9, 2009. A burst of flowering was evident late in the week as was the soaring counts of pine tree pollen released throughout central counties. Passing clouds on Saturday prevented part of the daytime warming and maximum temperatures of around 80 degrees were common. Nearly a full day of sun pushed the mercury back into the upper 80's for inland locations on Easter Sunday. The state average temperature for the seven day period was seven degrees above normal.

The highest official temperature reported was 91 degrees at the University of South Carolina Campus on April 1,2 and 4. The lowest official temperature reported was 28 degrees at Jocassee on March 31. The heaviest official 24-hour rain reported was 3.21 inches at Edgefield ending at 7:00 a.m. on March 29. The state average rainfall for the period was 0.5 inches.




                       Weekly   Jan 1   Departure     
                        Total   Total   from Avg
         Greer           0.16   12.20     -2.3
      Anderson           0.09   11.75     -2.4
      Columbia           0.53    8.40     -5.2
    Orangeburg           0.02   10.78     -2.8
 Charlotte, NC           0.33   13.04      0.6
   Augusta, GA           0.21   10.96     -2.7
      Florence           0.55    8.37     -3.2
N Myrtle Beach           1.46    9.49     -1.9
    Charleston           1.26   13.60      2.0
  Savannah, GA           0.44   12.25      1.3   


Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.  


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


South Carolina river stages were near normal. Ocean water temperatures at Springmaid Pier Myrtle Beach were reported at 58 degrees.

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