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Public Information Statement
PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT 
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE COLUMBIA SC
214 PM EST FEB 01 2012

...JANUARY 2012 WEATHER SUMMARY FOR THE MIDLANDS AND CSRA...

...TEMPERATURES WELL ABOVE NORMAL AT BOTH AUGUSTA AND COLUMBIA...
...DRY WEATHER CONTINUES ACROSS THE AREA...
...14TH DRIEST JANUARY ON RECORD AT AUGUSTA...
...24TH WARMEST JANUARY ON RECORD AT COLUMBIA...
...DRIEST APRIL THROUGH JANUARY ON RECORD AT AUGUSTA...
...ONLY 53 PERCENT OF NORMAL PRECIPITATION AT AUGUSTA...

JANUARY CONTINUED THE STRING OF MILD WINTER WEATHER THAT BEGAN IN 
DECEMBER. JANUARY WAS UNSEASONABLY WARM ACROSS THE MIDLANDS OF SOUTH 
CAROLINA AND THE CENTRAL SAVANNAH RIVER AREA OF GEORGIA. THE DRY 
CONDITIONS CONTINUED ONCE AGAIN WITH MOST AREAS RECEIVING BELOW 
NORMAL RAINFALL. THE MID/UPPER LEVEL WEATHER PATTERN KEPT THE REGION 
MILD AS TWO TYPES OF WEATHER PATTERNS PERSISTED THROUGH THE MONTH. 
AT TIMES A TROUGH OF LOW PRESSURE PERSISTED ACROSS THE WESTERN 
PORTION OF THE COUNTRY WHILE A RIDGE OF HIGH PRESSURE REMAINED 
ACROSS THE SOUTHEAST. AT OTHER TIMES...THE JET STREAM REMAINED WELL 
NORTH OF THE REGION KEEPING THE COLD AIR ALONG THE CANADIAN BORDER. 
THERE WERE A FEW BRIEF INTRUSIONS OF COLD AIR AT TIMES...BUT THE 
PATTERN REMAINED PROGRESSIVE WITH SYSTEMS MOVING STEADILY FROM WEST 
TO EAST AND REMAINING NORTH OF THE REGION. TEMPERATURES AVERAGED 3 
TO 5 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL ACROSS THE REGION. IT WAS THE 14TH DRIEST 
JANUARY ON RECORD AT AUGUSTA AND THE 24TH WARMEST JANUARY ON RECORD 
AT COLUMBIA. ALTHOUGH THE RAINFALL ACROSS THE MIDLANDS AND CENTRAL 
SAVANNAH RIVER AREA WAS WELL BELOW NORMAL...THE NUMBER OF DAYS 
RAINFALL WAS REPORTED AT EACH STATION MAY HAVE GIVEN A DIFFERENT 
IMPRESSION. RAINFALL WAS RECORDED 13 OUT OF 31 DAYS AT COLUMBIA AND 
12 DAYS OUT OF 31 DAYS AT AUGUSTA. HOWEVER...MANY OF THE DAYS 
RAINFALL WAS REPORTED THE AMOUNTS WERE LESS THAN ON TENTH OF AN 
INCH. AN ADDITIONAL INTERESTING FACT ABOUT THE CONTINUED STREAK OF 
DRY WEATHER ACROSS THE AREA. THE PERIOD FROM APRIL 2011 THROUGH 
JANUARY 2012 IS THE NUMBER 1 DRIEST PERIOD ON RECORD AT AUGUSTA. 
DURING THIS PERIOD ONLY 18.93 INCHES OF RAIN WAS RECORDED. NORMAL 
FOR THE PERIOD IS 35.46 INCHES. AS A PERCENTAGE...AUGUSTA HAS ONLY 
RECEIVED 53 PERCENT OF NORMAL RAINFALL DURING THIS PERIOD.


HERE ARE THE PEAK WIND GUSTS FOR THE MONTH AT EACH STATION: 

LAKE MURRAY FLOTILLA ISLAND.....48 MPH ON THE 12TH
COLUMBIA METRO AIRPORT..........46 MPH ON THE 12TH
J STROM THURMOND LAKE DAM.......45 MPH ON THE 12TH
HAMILTON-OWENS AIRPORT..........43 MPH ON THE 13TH
ORANGEBURG COUNTY AIRPORT.......43 MPH ON THE 12TH
SHAW AFB SUMTER SC..............43 MPH ON THE 13TH
LAKE WATEREE DAM................41 MPH ON THE 13TH
MCENTIRE ANG BASE SC............39 MPH ON THE 12TH
AUGUSTA REGIONAL BUSH FIELD.....37 MPH ON THE 12TH
AUGUSTA DANIEL FIELD............35 MPH ON THE 12TH
SANTEE STATE PARK...............29 MPH ON THE 13TH


CHECKING SOME OF THE MONTHLY RAINFALL TOTALS FROM OUR COOPERATIVE 
WEATHER OBSERVERS MANY LOCATIONS ONLY RECEIVED AROUND 2 INCHES OF 
RAIN DURING THE MONTH.  

HERE ARE SOME OF THE HIGHEST TOTALS RECORDED DURING THE MONTH:

WINNSBORO (WNBS1).................3.18 INCHES
LAKE GREENWOOD (CHPS1)............3.15 INCHES
CHAPPELLS (CHAS1).................2.96 INCHES
CHESTERFIELD (CTFS1)..............2.94 INCHES
NEWBERRY WKDK (NWYS1).............2.87 INCHES

HERE ARE SOME OF THE LOWEST TOTALS RECORDED DURING THE MONTH:

RIMINI (RIMS1)....................1.09 INCHES
WAYNESBORO GA (WYNG1).............1.18 INCHES
SPRINGFIELD (SPRS1)...............1.25 INCHES
BAMBERG (BAMS1)...................1.35 INCHES
BARNWELL 5 ENE (BNLS1)............1.49 INCHES



CHECKING SOME OF THE MONTHLY RAINFALL TOTALS FROM OUR COCORAHS 
(COMMUNITY COLLABORATIVE RAIN...HAIL AND SNOW NETWORK) 
OBSERVERS...MOST RECEIVED BETWEEN 1 AND 2 INCHES OF RAIN DURING 
THE MONTH.

HERE ARE SOME OF THE HIGHEST TOTALS RECORDED DURING THE MONTH:

SC-LX-07 (OAK GROVE 1.4 N).......4.16 INCHES
SC-AK-16 (AIKEN 8.1 SSE).........4.12 INCHES
SC-AK-04 (LANCASTER 2.0 NNW).....3.87 INCHES
SC-LX-22 (LEXINGTON 5.9 SW)......3.36 INCHES
SC-AK-23 (AIKEN 1.0 SSW).........3.29 INCHES

HERE ARE SOME OF THE LOWEST TOTALS RECORDED DURING THE MONTH:

SC-KR-12 (CAMDEN 3.1 SE).........0.92 INCHES
SC-CD-04 (SUMMERTON 5.2 SSE).....1.09 INCHES
SC-CD-01 (SUMMERTON 8.4 SE)......1.23 INCHES
SC-CA-02 (GASTON 5.3 E)..........1.27 INCHES
SC-SM-01 (SUMTER 1.3 SE).........1.66 INCHES

RAINFALL TOTALS AT OFFICIAL NWS ASOS SITES FOR THE MONTH:

HAMILTON-OWENS AIRPORT (CUB)......1.94 INCHES
AUGUSTA DANIEL FIELD (DNL)........1.85 INCHES
ORANGEBURG COUNTY AIRPORT (OGB)...1.77 INCHES
COLUMBIA METRO AIRPORT (CAE)......1.76 INCHES
AUGUSTA REGIONAL BUSH FIELD (AGS).1.40 INCHES

SIGNIFICANT EVENTS...

ON THE 4TH...COLD CANADIAN HIGH PRESSURE SETTLED SOUTHWARD ACROSS 
THE SOUTHEAST BEHIND A STRONG COLD FRONT THAT PASSED ACROSS THE 
STATE ON THE 2ND. CLEAR SKIES COMBINED WITH A VERY DRY AIRMASS 
PRODUCED GOOD RADIATIONAL CONDITIONS. TEMPERATURES ON THE MORNING OF 
THE 4TH FELL INTO THE TEENS AT MANY LOCATIONS ACROSS THE AREA. 

HERE ARE SOME OF THE MORNING LOWS FROM THE 4TH:

PELION (PLNS1)......................12 DEGREES
CEDAR CREEK (BLYS1).................14 DEGREES
CHESTERFIELD (CTFS1)................15 DEGREES
AUGUSTA REGIONAL BUSH FIELD (AGS)...17 DEGREES
ORANGEBURG COUNTY AIRPORT (OGB).....19 DEGREES
COLUMBIA METRO AIRPORT (CAE)........19 DEGREES


ON THE 12TH-13TH...A STRONG COLD FRONT MOVED ACROSS THE REGION. A 
TIGHT PRESSURE GRADIENT ALONG AND BEHIND THE COLD FRONT PRODUCED 
STRONG WIND GUSTS ACROSS THE REGION. THE STRONG WINDS RESULTED IN 
SOME SCATTERED DOWNED LIMBS AND TREES ON ROADWAYS. THE STRONG WINDS 
ALSO RESULTED IN SCATTERED POWER OUTAGES ACROSS THE AREA. 

THE FOLLOWING ARE THE PEAK WIND GUSTS THAT WERE MEASURED THURSDAY 
NIGHT:

LOCATION                     PEAK WIND   SOURCE     TIME                            
                             GUST (MPH)             (EST)

LAKE MURRAY FLOTILLA ISLAND     48        NWS      1150 PM
COLUMBIA METRO AIRPORT          46        ASOS     1108 PM
J STROM THURMOND LAKE DAM       45        NWS      1100 PM
HAMILTON-OWENS AIRPORT          43        ASOS     1219 AM
ORANGEBURG COUNTY AIRPORT       43        ASOS     1041 PM
SHAW AFB SUMTER SC              43        ASOS     1205 AM
LAKE WATEREE DAM                41        NWS      0130 AM

 
TEMPERATURES...

RECORD DAILY TEMPERATURES FOR JANUARY 2012 FOR COLUMBIA METROPOLITAN 
AIRPORT (CAE) AND AUGUSTA BUSH FIELD (AGS):

AT COLUMBIA...
THERE WERE NO RECORDS EITHER TIED OR BROKEN DURING THE MONTH  
     
AT AUGUSTA...
THERE WERE NO RECORDS EITHER TIED OR BROKEN DURING THE MONTH

    
COLDEST TEMP OF THE MONTH
CAE 19 4TH
AGS 17 4TH

WARMEST TEMP OF THE MONTH
CAE 75 26TH
AGS 75 26TH


COLUMBIA SC METROPOLITAN AIRPORT (CAE) AVERAGE TEMPERATURE...

         AVG HIGH/DEEP  AVG LOW/DEEP   AVG TEMP  NORMAL  DEPARTURE 
JAN 2010  52.4/-2.7     29.6/-4.4     41.0      44.6    -3.6
FEB       51.8/-7.7     31.2/-5.1     41.5      47.9    -6.4
MAR       65.7/-1.7     41.1/-2.4     53.4      55.4    -2.0
APR       80.3/+4.6     51.3/+0.6     65.8      63.2    +2.6
MAY       86.6/+3.5     65.3/+5.3     76.0      71.6    +4.4
JUN       94.6/+5.5     72.8/+4.9     83.7      78.5    +5.2 
JUL       95.1/+3.0     73.7/+1.9     84.4      82.0    +2.4 
AUG       92.3/+2.3     74.6/+4.6     83.5      80.3    +3.2 
SEP       91.3/+6.5     66.6/+2.0     78.9      74.7    +4.2 
OCT       79.8/+4.0     51.2/-0.3     65.5      63.7    +1.8 
NOV       68.3/+1.6     41.9/-0.7     55.1      54.7    +0.4
DEC       51.1/-6.7     28.2/-7.9     39.6      47.0    -7.4 
ANNUAL    75.8/+0.5     52.3/+0.7     64.0      63.6    +0.4

JAN 2011  52.7/-2.4     30.7/-5.5     41.7      44.6    -2.9 
FEB       64.6/+5.1     39.7/+3.4     52.2      47.9    +4.3
MAR       68.6/+1.2     45.7/+2.2     57.1      55.4    +1.7 
APR       80.9/+5.2     54.6/+3.9     67.8      63.2    +4.6 
MAY       85.5/+2.4     62.8/+2.8     74.2      71.6    +2.6
JUN       95.2/+6.1     71.4/+3.5     83.3      78.5    +4.8  
JUL       96.4/+3.7     74.6/+3.0     85.5      82.2    +3.3 
AUG       94.5/+3.8     73.0/+2.0     83.8      80.8    +3.0 
SEP       86.9/+1.7     65.9/+1.7     76.4      74.7    +1.7
OCT       74.7/-1.4     49.3/-2.8     62.0      64.1    -2.1 
NOV       69.2/+1.9     42.1/-0.2     55.6      54.8    +0.8 
DEC       64.4/+6.2     38.7/+3.4     51.5      46.7    +4.8  
ANNUAL    77.8/+2.3     54.0/+1.6     65.9      63.9    +2.0 

JAN 2012  61.8/+5.8     36.9/+3.2     49.4      44.8    +4.6
     

AUGUSTA GA BUSH FIELD (AGS) AVERAGE TEMPERATURE...

         AVG HIGH/DEEP  AVG LOW/DEEP  AVG TEMP   NORMAL  DEPARTURE
JAN 2010  53.9/-2.6     29.5/-3.6    41.7      44.8     -3.1
FEB       53.6/-7.7     30.6/-4.9    42.1      48.4     -6.3
MAR       66.0/-3.2     39.5/-3.0    52.8      55.9     -3.1
APR       80.9/+4.2     47.7/+0.4    64.3      62.4     +1.9 
MAY       86.9/+3.0     61.4/+4.2    74.2      70.5     +3.7
JUN       95.9/+6.3     69.6/+4.2    82.8      77.5     +5.3
JUL       95.8/+3.8     71.5/+1.9    83.6      80.8     +2.8
AUG       92.4/+2.2     72.2/+4.3    82.3      79.3     +3.0
SEP       91.5/+6.2     61.9/-0.5    76.7      73.8     +2.9
OCT       81.1/+4.6     47.3/-2.3    64.2      63.1     +1.1
NOV       70.1/+2.3     39.7/-1.2    54.9      54.4     +0.5
DEC       52.9/-6.2     26.0/-8.7    39.4      46.9     -7.5
ANNUAL    76.8/+1.1     49.7/-1.0    63.2      63.2      0.0

JAN 2011  54.1/-2.4     29.2/-3.9    41.7      44.8     -3.1 
FEB       65.9/+4.6     36.9/+1.4    51.4      48.4     +3.0
MAR       71.4/+2.2     43.9/+1.4    57.6      55.9     +1.7
APR       82.6/+5.9     51.6/+3.5    67.1      62.4     +4.7
MAY       86.7/+2.8     57.7/+0.5    72.2      70.5     +1.7 
JUN       96.2/+6.6     67.9/+2.5    82.0      77.5     +4.5 
JUL       97.3/+3.9     71.8/+2.0    84.6      81.6     +3.0 
AUG       97.7/+5.9     71.0/+1.7    84.4      80.5     +3.9 
SEP       88.8/+2.1     62.7/+0.1    75.7      74.6     +1.1
OCT       75.4/-2.3     46.4/-4.6    60.9      64.4     -3.5
NOV       70.6/+1.5     39.9/-1.5    55.3      55.2     -0.1
DEC       64.7/+4.7     36.8/+2.3    50.7      47.2     +3.5
ANNUAL    79.3/+2.4     51.3/+0.3    65.3      63.9     +1.4

JAN 2012  63.4/+5.5     34.3/+1.5    48.8      45.4     +3.4 


PRECIPITATION...

COLUMBIA METRO AIRPORT PRECIPITATION...

                    TOTAL       NORMAL      DIFFERENCE

                  (INCHES)
JANUARY 2010        3.18         4.66         -1.48  
FEBRUARY            2.88         3.84         -0.96 
MARCH               2.34         4.59         -2.25     
APRIL               0.91         2.98         -2.07  
MAY                 2.10         3.17         -1.07 
JUNE                4.20         4.99         -0.79 
JULY                7.70         5.54         +2.16 
AUGUST              5.56         5.41         +0.15 
SEPTEMBER           1.94         3.94         -2.00 
OCTOBER             1.83         2.89         -1.06 
NOVEMBER            1.46         2.88         -1.42 
DECEMBER            1.40         3.38         -1.98 
ANNUAL             35.50        48.27        -12.77

JANUARY 2011        1.70         4.66         -2.96 
FEBRUARY            4.21         3.84         +0.37 
MARCH               4.00         4.59         -0.59
APRIL               2.76         2.98         -0.22 
MAY                 2.74         3.17         -0.43
JUNE                2.87         4.99         -2.12
JULY                6.17         5.46         +0.71
AUGUST              4.01         5.26         -1.25 
SEPTEMBER           3.36         3.54         -0.18
OCTOBER             2.01         3.17         -1.16
NOVEMBER            1.68         2.74         -1.06
DECEMBER            1.11         3.22         -2.11
ANNUAL             36.62        44.59         -7.97

JANUARY 2012        1.76         3.58         -1.82


AUGUSTA BUSH FIELD PRECIPITATION...


                    TOTAL       NORMAL      DIFFERENCE  
                  (INCHES)  
JANUARY 2010        5.39         4.50         +0.89 
FEBRUARY            2.37         4.11         -1.74 
MARCH               3.20         4.61         -1.41 
APRIL               1.20         2.94         -1.74 
MAY                 1.36         3.07         -1.71 
JUNE                2.19         4.19         -2.00  
JULY                5.86         4.07         +1.79 
AUGUST              2.04         4.48         -2.44 
SEPTEMBER           1.89         3.59         -1.70 
OCTOBER             0.67         3.20         -2.53 
NOVEMBER            1.30         2.68         -1.38 
DECEMBER            1.17         3.14         -1.97 
ANNUAL             28.61        44.58        -15.97

JANUARY 2011        2.11         4.50         -2.39 
FEBRUARY            4.31         4.11         +0.20
MARCH               5.45         4.61         +0.84
APRIL               1.93         2.94         -1.01
MAY                 2.50         3.07         -0.57
JUNE                1.98         4.19         -2.21
JULY                4.05         4.33         -0.28
AUGUST              1.19         4.32         -3.13
SEPTEMBER           1.56         3.22         -1.66
OCTOBER             1.47         3.27         -1.80
NOVEMBER            1.63         2.82         -1.19
DECEMBER            1.28         3.39         -2.11
ANNUAL             29.43        43.57        -14.14 

JANUARY 2012        1.40         3.91         -2.51 



.NOTE...
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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VAUGHAN


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