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March 30, 2009 - April 5, 2009


There were public reports of frost within the Upstate on Monday morning as temperatures fell into the lower 30's. Monday afternoon temperatures recovered quickly and rose into the 70's. Table Rock finished the month of March with 8.66 inches of rain. Clouds entered the state mid-week with a parade of wet weather makers lined up from west to east. Light rains fell late Tuesday along the coast before becoming widespread on Wednesday and continuing into Friday morning. Heavy rains on Thursday caused temporary disruptions to travel on the Charleston peninsula. Edisto Beach measured a three-day rainfall event total of 5.30 inches. Sunny skies followed the stretch of soaking rains on Friday. Strong winds on Saturday gusted to 39 mph from the southwest at the N Myrtle Beach AP. High temperatures over the weekend climbed to near 80 degrees. The state average temperature for the period was one degree above normal.

The highest official temperature reported was 83 degrees at Mullins on April 5. The lowest official temperature reported was 29 degrees at the Walhalla Fish Hatchery (Jocassee) on March 30. The heaviest 24-hour rainfall reported was 3.57 inches at the Charleston AP on April 2. The state average rainfall for the period was 1.7 inches.


                       Weekly   Jan 1   Departure     
                        Total   Total   from Avg
         Greer           0.90   13.78     -0.9
      Columbia           0.55    8.03     -5.7
    Orangeburg           1.34    9.76     -4.0
 Charlotte, NC           0.31   10.44     -2.1
   Augusta, GA           2.62   11.68     -2.1
      Florence           0.49    7.33     -4.3
N Myrtle Beach           0.91    7.85     -3.6
    Charleston           3.93    9.26     -2.4
  Savannah, GA           5.67   11.79      0.7   


Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.  


4-inch depth average soil temperature: Columbia 64 degrees.


South Carolina river stages were near normal. Ocean water temperatures at Springmaid Pier Myrtle Beach were reported at 60 degrees.

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