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March 31 - April 6, 2014


March 2014 ended with reports of light frost over portions of south central and western South Carolina. Sandy Springs, Pelion and Holly Hill recorded a freezing 29 degrees. Rainfall for the month ranged from 8.34 inches at Brookgreen Gardens to 2.99 inches at Long Creek. April started sunny and dry with afternoon temperatures rising into the 80's for most of the state. At 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Columbia, Orangeburg and Sumter reported relative humidity values of just 10 percent. Florence and Kingstree reached 86 degrees, making for their warmest day since October 6, 2013. On Wednesday, Kings Mountain State Park, Columbia and Mullins each recorded an afternoon high temperature of 89 degrees. The release of pine tree pollen appeared to be peaking in the Midlands. Thursday's high temperatures included 90 degrees at Hartsville, 89 degrees at Lugoff and 88 degrees at Dillon. Open pan evaporation soared to a 24-hour water loss of 0.29 inches measured at the Clemson Experiment Station at Sandhill. Southwest winds gusted to 40 mph at Orangeburg on Friday filling the air with the haze of pollen spores. The Tuesday through Friday run of middle 80-degree warmth rushed the flowering of many plant varieties. Warm weather on Saturday turned cloudy and cooler for Sunday. Overcast skies and northeast winds changed a Saturday high temperature of 82 degrees at Florence to a Sunday high of just 61 degrees. Pockets of light rain, part of a distant Gulf Coast feature, eased into the state's southernmost counties on Sunday afternoon. The state average temperature for the seven-day period was six degrees above the long-term average.

The highest official temperature reported was 91 degrees at the USC Campus in Columbia on April 2. The lowest official temperature reported was 28 degrees at Cedar Creek on March 31. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 0.01 inches at Anderson County AP on April 6. The state average rainfall for the seven-day period was 0.0 inches.


                              Weekly   Jan 1   Departure   
        Anderson AP            0.01     9.42      -3.3
           Greer AP            0.00    10.33      -2.7
   Charlotte, NC AP            0.00    11.40       0.0
  Columbia Metro AP            0.00    10.25      -1.2
      Orangeburg AP            0.00     8.79      -3.4
Augusta, GA Bush AP            0.01     8.78      -3.9
        Florence AP            0.00    10.27       0.3 
  N Myrtle Beach AP            0.00     8.86      -2.8
      Charleston AP            0.00     9.78      -1.2
    Savannah, GA AP            0.32     7.08      -3.8

Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.  


4-inch depth soil temperature: Columbia 61 degrees, Charleston 67 degrees.


South Carolina river stages were near to below normal. Charleston Harbor reported a water temperature of 62 degrees and Springmaid Pier at Myrtle Beach reported a surf water temperature of 57 degrees.

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