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March 31, 2008 - April 6, 2008


Areas of light rain fell during the day on Monday before a warm front entered the state during the evening hours. Columbia AP observed dense fog Tuesday morning with visibilities of one-eighth mile. Afternoon temperatures climbed into the 80's on both Tuesday and Wednesday along with isolated, afternoon convective thunderstorms. A meandering boundary positioned west to east through central South Carolina on Thursday with near 50-degree maximum temperatures and periods of rain. The unsettled conditions continued into the weekend with thundershowers Friday becoming thunderstorms on Saturday. A brief tornado and one-inch hail was reported in Newberry County Friday night. Heavy rains soaked the Pee Dee region of the state and caused localized flooding. Sharp rises were observed on most rivers across central and eastern South Carolina. Partly sunny weather returned for Sunday with drying surface winds and mild temperatures. The state average temperature for the period was two degrees above normal.

The highest official temperature reported was 87 degrees at Pritchardville on April 2. The lowest official temperature reported was 36 degrees at Cheraw on the morning of March 31. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 3.40 inches at Dillon ending at 7:00 a.m. on April 6. The state average rainfall for the period was 1.7 inches.


                       Weekly   Jan 1  Deviation     
                        Total   Total   from Avg
         Greer           1.42   11.87     -2.9 
      Columbia           2.42   12.31     -1.5
    Orangeburg           0.73   10.44     -3.4
 Charlotte, NC           1.72   10.82     -1.8           	
   Augusta, GA           1.47   13.70     -0.2
      Florence           3.19   12.43      0.7
N Myrtle Beach           1.29   11.22     -0.3
    Charleston           1.12    9.37     -2.4   
  Savannah, GA           1.98   10.82     -0.4

Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.  


4-inch depth average soil temperature: Columbia 63 degrees.


South Carolina river stages were near to above normal. Ocean water temperatures at Springmaid Pier Myrtle Beach were reported at 62 degrees.

For additional information contact tylerw@dnr.sc.gov or by calling (803) 734-9100.

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