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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE COLUMBIA SC
621 AM EDT FRI APR 04 2014

...MARCH 2014 CLIMATE SUMMARY... 

...TEMPERATURES BELOW NORMAL FOR THE MONTH...
...15TH COLDEST MARCH ON RECORD AT AUGUSTA...
...PRECIPITATION CLOSE TO NORMAL FOR THE MONTH...
...STRONG WINDS GUSTS ON MARCH 12TH...
...COLD MORNING LOWS ON THE 26TH...27TH AND 31ST...


WINTER DID NOT WANT TO GIVE UP ITS GRIP ACROSS THE PALMETTO STATE 
AND EAST CENTRAL GEORGIA DURING MARCH. EVEN WITH THE ARRIVAL OF 
THE SPRING EQUINOX ON THE 20TH...TEMPERATURES AVERAGED 3 TO 4 DEGREES 
BELOW NORMAL ACROSS THE REGION. IT WAS THE 15TH COLDEST MARCH ON 
RECORD AT AUGUSTA. 

HERE ARE THE TOP 15 COLDEST MARCH YEARS ON RECORD:

1. 44.5 DEGREES IN 1960
2. 47.3 DEGREES IN 1915
3. 48.6 DEGREES IN 1947
4. 49.8 DEGREES IN 1971
5. 50.0 DEGREES IN 1926 AND 1969
7. 50.5 DEGREES IN 1941
8. 50.8 DEGREES IN 2013
9. 51.0 DEGREES IN 1885
10.51.1 DEGREES IN 1996
11.51.4 DEGREES IN 1958
12.51.6 DEGREES IN 1931
13.51.7 DEGREES IN 1999
14.51.8 DEGREES IN 1962
15.51.9 DEGREES IN 2014

THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE AT AUGUSTA REGIONAL BUSH FIELD WAS 51.9 
DEGREES OR 4.0 DEGREES BELOW THE NORMAL OF 55.9 DEGREES. THE 
AVERAGE TEMPERATURE AT COLUMBIA METRO AIRPORT WAS 52.2 DEGREES
OR 3.4 DEGREES BELOW THE NORMAL OF 55.6 DEGREES. 

RAINFALL AVERAGED BETWEEN 2 AND 4 INCHES ACROSS THE MIDLANDS AND 
CENTRAL SAVANNAH RIVER AREA OF GEORGIA DURING MARCH. THE HEAVIEST 
RAIN FELL ACROSS THE NORTHERN MIDLANDS AND PEE DEE REGIONS WITH 
AMOUNTS FROM 3 TO 6 INCHES. THE LEAST AMOUNT OF RAIN FELL ACROSS 
THE SOUTHERN MIDLANDS AND SOUTHERN CSRA WHERE 2 TO 3 INCHES FELL. 
THE RAINFALL AT AUGUSTA BUSH FIELD WAS 2.56 INCHES OR 1.62 INCHES 
BELOW THE NORMAL OF 4.18 INCHES. THE RAINFALL AT COLUMBIA METRO 
AIRPORT WAS 3.93 INCHES OR 0.20 INCHES ABOVE THE NORMAL OF 3.73 
INCHES. 

HERE ARE SOME OF THE HIGHEST COCORAHS RAINFALL REPORTS FOR MARCH: 
...COMMUNITY COLLABORATIVE RAIN HAIL AND SNOW 
NETWORK......WWW.COCORAHS.ORG

SC-OR-20 SANTEE 2.0 NE..................6.19 INCHES
SC-LN-9  LANCASTER 11.0 ENE.............5.89 INCHES
SC-RC-6  BLYTHEWOOD 4.7 SSE.............5.67 INCHES
SC-CA-14 ST. MATTHEWS 3.6 NW............5.39 INCHES
SC-NW-11 SILVERSTREET 5.7 WNW...........5.33 INCHES 

HERE ARE SOME OF THE HIGHEST NWS COOP OBSERVER REPORTS FOR MARCH:

CEWS1 CHERAW WATER PLANT........5.60 INCHES
LNTS1 LONGTOWN..................5.56 INCHES
SMRS1 SUMTER....................5.24 INCHES
SAHS1 SANDHILL RESEARCH CTR.....4.94 INCHES
CHPS1 LAKE GREENWOOD............4.86 INCHES


HIGHEST WIND GUSTS AT EACH ASOS LOCATION DURING THE MONTH:

COLUMBIA METRO AIRPORT (CAE).............55 MPH ON THE 12TH
AUGUSTA BUSH FIELD (AGS).................48 MPH ON THE 12TH
ORANGEBURG COUNTY AIRPORT (OGB)..........43 MPH ON THE 12TH 
AUGUSTA DANIEL FIELD (DNL)...............42 MPH ON THE 12TH 
COLUMBIA HAMILTON OWENS AIRPORT (CUB)....42 MPH ON THE 12TH


RECORDS TIED OR BROKEN DURING THE MONTH AT AUGUSTA: 
ON THE 4TH...THE HIGH TEMPERATURE WAS 39 DEGREES. THIS BROKE THE 
RECORD LOW MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE OF 40 DEGREES SET IN 1893. 

ON THE 26TH...THE LOW TEMPERATURE WAS 27 DEGREES. THIS TIED THE 
RECORD LOW TEMPERATURE OF 27 DEGREES SET IN 2006.

RECORDS TIED OR BROKEN DURING THE MONTH AT COLUMBIA: 
ON THE 4TH...THE HIGH TEMPERATURE WAS 40 DEGREES. THIS BROKE THE 
RECORD LOW MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE OF 42 DEGREES SET IN 2002 AND 1898. 



EVENTS FOR MARCH 2014:

ON THE 3RD...A STRONG COLD FRONT MOVED THROUGH THE AREA AND COLD 
CANADIAN HIGH PRESSURE BUILT INTO THE REGION. HIGH TEMPERATURES ON 
TUESDAY MARCH THE 4TH ONLY CLIMBED INTO THE UPPER 30S AND LOWER 40S. 

ON THE 5TH-7TH...AN AREA OF LOW PRESSURE DEVELOPED ALONG THE STALLED 
COLD FRONT SOUTH OF THE REGION. THIS AREA OF LOW PRESSURE MOVED SLOWLY 
UP ALONG THE SOUTHEAST COAST AND PRODUCED WIDESPREAD HEAVY RAINFALL 
AMOUNTS. RAINFALL AMOUNTS RANGED FROM 2 TO 3 INCHES. THE HEAVY RAINFALL 
ACROSS THE AREA RIVER BASINS PRODUCED RIVER FLOODING ON SEVERAL RIVERS. 

HERE ARE THE TOP 5 TWO DAY RAINFALL TOTALS ACROSS THE AREA:

6 E JEFFERSON.......................2.74 INCHES
4 N MOUNT CARMEL....................2.70 INCHES
MCENTIRE ANG STATION (MMT)..........2.53 INCHES
LONGTOWN (LNTS1)....................2.45 INCHES
LUGOFF 2 NE (LUGS1).................2.35 INCHES

ON THE 7TH-9TH...THE HEAVY RAINFALL ACROSS THE AREA PRODUCED FLOODING 
ON AREA RIVERS DURING THE PERIOD. STEVENS CREEK AT MODOC CRESTED AT 
19.5 FT ON THE 7TH...FLOOD STAGE IS 19.0 FEET. LAKE WATEREE CRESTED AT 
101.1 FEET ON THE 9TH...FULL POOL IS 100.0 FEET. THE CONGAREE RIVER AT 
CAROLINA EASTMAN CRESTED AT 120.5 FEET ON THE 9TH...FLOOD STAGE IS 
115.0 FEET. THE GREAT PEE DEE RIVER AT CHERAW CRESTED AT 37.0 FEET ON 
THE 9TH...FLOOD STAGE IS 30.0 FEET. 

ON THE 12TH-13TH...A STRONG COLD FRONT MOVED ACROSS THE REGION 
PRODUCING VERY STRONG WIND GUSTS DURING THE EVENING OF THE 12TH THROUGH 
THE 13TH. 

HERE ARE THE TOP 5 WIND GUSTS ACROSS THE AREA:

COLUMBIA METRO AIRPORT (CAE)......55 MPH AT 0759 PM ON THE 12TH
WILLIAMS BRICE STADIUM RC WINDS...55 MPH AT 0935 PM ON THE 12TH
SHAW AFB (SSC)....................49 MPH AT 0852 PM ON THE 12TH
AUGUSTA BUSH FIELD (AGS)..........48 MPH AT 0811 PM ON THE 12TH
LAKE THURMOND DAM (CHDS1).........46 MPH AT 0740 PM ON THE 12TH

ON THE 26TH-27TH...COLD CANADIAN HIGH PRESSURE SETTLED IN ACROSS THE 
SOUTHEAST BEHIND A RAPIDLY INTENSIFYING AREA OF LOW PRESSURE THAT MOVED 
UP THE EAST COAST. THIS PRODUCED RECORD COLD TEMPERATURES ACROSS THE 
AREA. 

HERE ARE THE TOP 5 MORNING LOW TEMPERATURES ON THE 26TH:

CEDAR CREEK (BLYS1)..........23 DEGREES
4 NW PELION (PLNS1)..........23 DEGREES
4 SW JOHNSTON (JOHS1)........24 DEGREES
MCCORMICK (MCCS1)............24 DEGREES
LANDFILL RC WINDS............24 DEGREES

HERE ARE THE TOP 5 MORNING LOW TEMPERATURES ON THE 27TH:


2 S BETHUNE..................20 DEGREES
CEDAR CREEK (BLYS1)..........22 DEGREES
9 WNW JEFFERSON..............24 DEGREES
5 NNE IRMO...................25 DEGREES
CHERAW MUNICIPAL ARPT (CQW)..25 DEGREES

ON THE 31ST...COLD CANADIAN HIGH PRESSURE BUILD INTO THE REGION AND 
PRODUCED FROST AND FREEZING CONDITIONS ACROSS THE AREA.

HERE ARE THE TOP 5 MORNING LOW TEMPERATURES ON THE 31ST:

CEDAR CREEK (BLYS1)..........28 DEGREES
2 S BETHUNE..................28 DEGREES
4 NW PELION (PLNS1)..........29 DEGREES
HOLLY HILL (HHLS1)...........29 DEGREES
SALUDA (SADS1)...............30 DEGREES



YEAR TO DATE MONTHLY TEMPERATURE AND PRECIPITATION STATISTICS...

COLUMBIA SC METROPOLITAN AIRPORT 2013/2014 MONTHLY AVERAGE 
TEMPERATURES AND DEPARTURES FROM NORMAL...

          AVG HIGH/DEP   AVG LOW/DEP   AVG TEMP   NORM  DEPARTURE 
JAN 2013  64.0/+8.0      41.1/+7.4      52.5      44.8    +7.7
FEB       59.2/-1.1      36.2/-0.6      47.7      48.5    -0.8
MAR       63.5/-4.7      38.5/-4.5      51.0      55.6    -4.6 
APR       76.7/+0.4      53.4/+3.0      65.0      63.4    +1.6 
MAY       81.4/-2.4      59.2/-0.3      70.3      71.7    -1.4
JUN       88.1/-1.9      70.1/+1.9      79.1      79.1     0.0
JUL       88.4/-4.3      72.7/+1.1      80.5      82.2    -1.7 
AUG       87.6/-3.1      71.0/ 0.0      79.3      80.8    -1.5    
SEP       86.9/+1.7      65.5/+0.3      76.2      74.7    +1.5 
OCT       77.9/+1.8      54.8/+2.7      66.3      64.1    +2.2
NOV       65.0/-2.3      40.5/-1.8      52.7      54.8    -2.1  
DEC       62.5/+4.3      40.6/+5.3      51.5      46.7    +4.8        
ANNUAL    75.1/-0.4      53.6/+1.2      64.4      63.9    +0.5

JAN 2014  52.4/-3.6      28.1/-5.6      40.3      44.8    -4.5 
FEB       60.3/ 0.0      37.4/+0.6      48.9      48.5    +0.4
MAR       65.2/-3.0      39.1/-3.9      52.2      55.6    -3.4

AUGUSTA GA BUSH FIELD 2013/2014 MONTHLY AVERAGE TEMPERATURES AND 
DEPARTURES FROM NORMAL...

          AVG HIGH/DEP   AVG LOW/DEP   AVG TEMP   NORM  DEPARTURE 
JAN 2013  65.4/+7.5      39.4/+6.6     52.4       45.4    +7.0 
FEB       59.8/-2.5      35.5/-0.4     47.6       49.1    -1.5 
MAR       63.8/-6.1      37.9/-4.1     50.8       55.9    -5.1 
APR       76.2/-1.1      48.5/+0.4     62.4       62.7    -0.3 
MAY       81.0/-4.0      55.8/-1.5     68.4       71.1    -2.7 
JUN       88.2/-2.8      67.4/+1.2     77.8       78.6    -0.8 
JUL       87.9/-5.5      71.0/+1.2     79.5       81.6    -2.1 
AUG       87.7/-4.1      68.6/-0.7     78.2       80.5    -2.3 
SEP       87.2/+0.5      61.8/-0.8     74.5       74.6    -0.1 
OCT       78.4/+0.7      51.9/+0.9     65.2       64.4    +0.8 
NOV       65.9/-3.2      38.7/-2.7     52.3       55.2    -2.9
DEC       62.5/+2.5      38.0/+3.5     50.3       47.2    +3.1
ANNUAL    75.3/-1.6      51.2/+0.2     63.3       63.9    -0.6

JAN 2014  52.7/-5.2      26.3/-6.5     39.5       45.4    -5.9 
FEB       61.9/-2.5      34.9/ 0.0      48.4      49.1    -0.7
MAR       66.1/-3.8      37.6/-4.4      51.9      55.9    -4.0

COLUMBIA SC METROPOLITAN AIRPORT 2013/2014 MONTHLY PRECIPITATION...

               TOTAL   NORMAL   DEPARTURE  
              (INCHES) 
JAN 2013       1.21     3.58    -2.37
FEB            5.51     3.61    +1.90
MAR            3.65     3.73    -0.08
APR            4.63     2.62    +2.01 
MAY            3.62     2.97    +0.65
JUN            6.17     4.69    +1.48
JUL           11.21     5.46    +5.75 
AUG            7.51     5.26    +2.25
SEP            2.04     3.54    -1.50    
OCT            1.98     3.17    -1.19
NOV            2.06     2.74    -0.68
DEC            5.88     3.22    +2.66
ANNUAL        55.47    44.59   +10.88   

JAN 2014       3.40     3.58    -0.18
FEB            2.92     3.61    -0.69
MAR            3.93     3.73    +0.20

AUGUSTA GA BUSH FIELD 2013/2014 MONTHLY PRECIPITATION...

               TOTAL   NORMAL   DEPARTURE  
              (INCHES)  
JAN 2013       0.60     3.91     -3.31
FEB            9.40     3.92     +5.48 
MAR            3.11     4.18     -1.07
APR            4.23     2.84     +1.39
MAY            2.26     2.65     -0.39
JUN           10.83     4.72     +6.11
JUL            9.05     4.33     +4.72
AUG            5.84     4.32     +1.52
SEP            1.12     3.22     -2.10
OCT            0.36     3.27     -2.91
NOV            1.82     2.82     -1.00
DEC            6.90     3.39     +3.51 
ANNUAL        55.54    43.57    +11.97

JAN 2014       2.48     3.91     -1.43 
FEB            3.73     3.92     -0.19 
MAR            2.56     4.18     -1.62


THE OUTLOOK FOR APRIL...

THE FORECAST CALLS FOR EQUAL CHANCES THAT RAINFALL AND TEMPERATURES 
WILL EITHER BE BELOW...ABOVE OR NEAR NORMAL. 

THE 3-MONTH OUTLOOK FOR THE SPRING (APR/MAY/JUN)...

THE FORECAST CALLS FOR A 33 TO 40 PERCENT CHANCE OF ABOVE NORMAL  
TEMPERATURE...AND EQUAL CHANCES THAT PRECIPITATION WILL EITHER BE 
BELOW...ABOVE OR NEAR NORMAL FOR THE 3-MONTH PERIOD. 

ENSO (EL NINO SOUTHERN OSCILLATION)...
...A EL NINO WATCH HAS BEEN ISSUED FOR THE LATE SUMMER OR EARLY 
FALL...
AN EL NINO WATCH MEANS THAT CONDITIONS ARE FAVORABLE FOR THE 
DEVELOPMENT OF EL NINO CONDITIONS WITHIN THE NEXT SIX MONTHS. 

AT THIS TIME...ENSO NEUTRAL CONDITIONS CONTINUE ACROSS THE 
EQUATORIAL PACIFIC OCEAN. ENSO NEUTRAL CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED TO 
CONTINUE INTO THE NORTHERN HEMISPHERE THROUGH THE SPRING OF 2014. 
THERE IS A 50 PERCENT CHANCE OF EL NINO CONDITIONS DEVELOPING DURING 
THE SUMMER OR FALL OF 2014. 

CLIMATE OUTLOOKS AND ENSO DISCUSSIONS COURTESY NOAA CLIMATE 
PREDICTION CENTER...WWW.CPC.NOAA.GOV.

NOTE...
MUCH APPRECIATION GOES OUT TO OUR NWS COOPERATIVE WEATHER 
OBSERVERS...COCORAHS (COMMUNITY...COLLABORATIVE...RAIN...HAIL AND 
SNOW NETWORK) OBSERVERS...SOUTH CAROLINA STATE CLIMATE 
OFFICE...SOUTHEAST REGIONAL CLIMATE CENTER...RICHLAND COUNTY AND 
LOCAL WEATHER PARTNERS FOR THE DATA THEY PROVIDE THROUGHOUT THE 
YEAR. THEIR HARD WORK AND DEDICATION IS GREATLY APPRECIATED. 

TEMPERATURE RECORDS FOR COLUMBIA GO BACK TO 1887 AND FOR AUGUSTA  
BACK TO 1873. PRECIPITATION RECORDS FOR COLUMBIA GO BACK TO 1878 AND 
FOR AUGUSTA BACK TO 1871. 

ADDITIONAL CLIMATE INFORMATION...INCLUDING CURRENT AND ARCHIVED 
DAILY AND MONTHLY SUMMARIES...CAN BE FOUND ON THE NATIONAL WEATHER 
SERVICE COLUMBIA SC HOME PAGE AT 
HTTP://WWW.WEATHER.GOV/CAE .

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