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April 14 - April 20, 2014


Dillon, Allendale and Beaufort warmed to 83 degrees on Monday afternoon before converging boundaries brought rain and wind. Rainfall amounts ending on Tuesday morning included 1.22 inches at Jocassee Dam, 1.20 inches at Chester and 1.42 inches in Winnsboro. South winds gusted to 36 mph at the Columbia Metro AP, then later in the day at 40 mph from the north at Grand Strand AP in North Myrtle Beach. The rains on Tuesday added another 0.54 inches to Chester's amount. Morning low temperatures on Wednesday fell to freezing or below for much of the north Midlands and westward into the Upstate. McCormick, Newberry and Little Mountain all reported 32 degrees. Spring break vacationers needed warm clothing for outdoor time at the coast. At 12:12 p.m., instruments at Springmaid Pier Myrtle Beach recorded 48 degrees with northeast winds gusting to 28 mph. On Thursday morning, winds subsided over inland sites allowing for the formation of unwelcomed frost. Pockets of ground frost were observed around Rock Hill and southward into Fairfield and Sumter counties. At 11:00 a.m., the Darlington AP recorded a "crest" of barometric pressure at 30.53 inches of mercury. Anderson, McEntire ANG AP and Sullivan's Island shared a Thursday afternoon high temperature of 66 degrees. Increasing clouds on Friday preceded the arrival of a broad cyclonic circulation moving across the Florida Panhandle. Rain began falling over Hilton Head at 11:00 a.m. During the late night hours, downtown Charleston was inundated with several hours of blowing, heavy rain that closed much of the peninsula's roadways to automobile traffic. Two separate CoCoRaHS volunteer observers on Mount Pleasant measured 3.79 and 3.72 inches of rain respectively. The Beaufort Marine Corps Air Station reported rains of 3.24 inches and the Georgetown AP reported an overnight total of 2.80 inches. At 5:36 a.m. on Saturday morning, the Springmaid Pier recorded northeast winds gusting to 41 mph. Saturday's weather was cloudy and breezy with periods of drizzle or light rain for much of the state. Rainfall amounts for the two-calendar-day event along the coast added up to 3.90 inches at McClellanville and 3.74 inches at Andrews. Parts of the Pee Dee were soaked as well. 2.66 inches of rain fell at Darlington and 2.41 inches was measured at Quinby. The daylight hours of Easter were observed under mostly cloudy skies with occasional breaks for sun. Table Rock State Park was one of the warmer locations with a Sunday afternoon high temperature of 74 degrees. The state average temperature for the seven-day period was five degrees below the long-term average.

The highest official temperature reported was 84 degrees at Columbia Metro AP on April 14. The lowest official temperature reported was 25 degrees at Jocassee and Caesars Head on April 16. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 3.51 inches at Charleston City ending at 7:00 a.m. on April 19. The state average rainfall for the seven-day period was 2.7 inches.


                              Weekly   Jan 1   Departure   
        Anderson AP            1.62    13.89      -0.3
           Greer AP            2.28    15.18       0.6
   Charlotte, NC AP            4.68    17.83       5.1
  Columbia Metro AP            2.28    13.23       0.6
      Orangeburg AP            2.53    12.22      -1.4
Augusta, GA Bush AP            3.00    13.01      -1.0
        Florence AP            2.93    14.09       2.9 
  N Myrtle Beach AP            1.72    10.84      -2.2
      Charleston AP            3.56    14.66       2.3
    Savannah, GA AP            3.08    12.06      -0.3

Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.  


4-inch depth soil temperature: Columbia 61 degrees, Charleston 62 degrees.


South Carolina river stages were near normal. Charleston Harbor reported a water temperature of 62 degrees and Springmaid Pier at Myrtle Beach reported a surf water temperature of 60 degrees.

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