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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE COLUMBIA SC
945 AM EST FRI FEB 12 2016

...JANUARY 2016 CLIMATE SUMMARY...

...TEMPERATURES NEAR OR SLIGHTLY BELOW NORMAL FOR THE
MONTH...
...FIRST MONTH SINCE AUGUST 2015 WITH BELOW NORMAL MONTHLY
PRECIPITATION...
...FIRST WIDESPREAD WINTER WEATHER EVENT OF THE SEASON...


THE NEW YEAR STARTED OFF WITH TEMPERATURES MORE REPRESENTATIVE OF
WINTER THEN THE EXTREME WARMTH OF DECEMBER. THE AREA ALSO SAW ITS
FIRST TASTE OF WINTRY WEATHER ON THE 22ND AND 23RD OF THE MONTH. SOME
AREAS OF THE MIDLANDS AND CENTRAL SAVANNAH RIVER AREA RECEIVED UP TO
ONE INCH OF SNOW TO DUST THE GROUND AND ELEVATED SURFACE.

THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE AT AUGUSTA REGIONAL BUSH FIELD WAS 44.2
DEGREES OR 1.2 DEGREES BELOW THE NORMAL OF 45.4 DEGREES. THE AVERAGE
TEMPERATURE AT COLUMBIA METRO AIRPORT WAS 44.3 DEGREES OR 0.5
DEGREES BELOW THE NORMAL OF 44.8 DEGREES.

AUGUSTA BUSH FIELD RECEIVED 1.94 INCHES OF RAINFALL FOR THE MONTH.
METRO AIRPORT RECEIVED 1.66 INCHES OF RAINFALL FOR THE MONTH.

OTHER RAINFALL REPORTS AREA ASOS SITES:

ORANGEBURG COUNTY AIRPORT (OGB).....2.09 INCHES
AUGUSTA DANIEL FIELD (DNL)..........1.67 INCHES
HAMILTON OWENS AIRPORT COLA (CUB)...1.55 INCHES

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

SC-MC-5  MCCORMICK 2.3 W..........3.36 INCHES
SC-OR-25 COPE 4.1 NE..............2.73 INCHES
SC-NW-13 NEWBERRY 1.0 N...........2.69 INCHES
SC-CD-4  SUMMERTON 5.2 SSE........2.55 INCHES
SC-NW-12 PROSPERITY 4.7 ENE.......2.50 INCHES

GA-MD-1  THOMSON 2.4 S............2.82 INCHES
GA-CU-7  GROVETOWN 3.4 NE.........2.53 INCHES
GA-MD-6  MARTINEZ 0.9 NW..........2.42 INCHES


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

HHLS1 HOLLY HILL..................3.43 INCHES
BAMS1 BAMBERG.....................3.35 INCHES
WNBS1 WINNSBORO...................3.23 INCHES
MCCS1 MCCORMICK...................3.17 INCHES
NWYS1 NEWBERRY WKDK...............3.08 INCHES


HIGHEST WIND GUSTS AT EACH ASOS LOCATION DURING THE MONTH:

HAMILTON OWENS FIELD COLUMBIA (CUB)...43 MPH ON THE 15TH
COLUMBIA METRO AIRPORT (CAE)..........41 MPH ON THE 15TH
ORANGEBURG COUNTY AIRPORT (OGB).......39 MPH ON THE 15TH
AUGUSTA BUSH FIELD (AGS)..............39 MPH ON THE 15TH
AUGUSTA DANIEL FIELD (CUB)............32 MPH ON THE 15TH


HIGHEST WIND GUSTS AT EACH LAKE OBSERVING SITE DURING THE MONTH:

LAKE WATEREE (WATS1).................45 MPH ON THE 15TH
LAKE MURRAY DAM (RCWINDS)............43 MPH ON THE 15TH
LAKE MURRAY TOWERS (USGS)............42 MPH ON THE 15TH
FLOTILLA ISLAND LK. MURRAY (LMFS1)...41 MPH ON THE 15TH


WATER TEMPERATURE AT THE LAKE MURRAY TOWERS (DEPTH APPROX. 6 FEET):
WARMEST...62.2 DEGREES ON THE 1ST
COOLEST...51.6 DEGREES ON THE 28TH

WATER TEMPERATURE AT THE HWY. 391 BRIDGE ACROSS THE SALUDA RIVER:
WARMEST...61.9 DEGREES ON THE 1ST
COOLEST...43.9 DEGREES ON THE 25TH

WATER TEMPERATURE AT THE HWY. 391 BRIDGE ACROSS THE LITTLE SALUDA RIVER:
WARMEST...61.9 DEGREES ON THE 1ST
COOLEST...439. DEGREES ON THE 25TH


TEMPERATURE RECORDS TIED OR BROKEN DURING THE MONTH OF JANUARY:

AUGUSTA...
NONE

COLUMBIA...
NONE


EVENTS FOR JANUARY 2016:

JANUARY 13TH...
A TIGHT PRESSURE GRADIENT ACROSS THE REGION PRODUCED STRONG WINDS.

HERE ARE A FEW PEAK WIND GUSTS REPORTS FROM ACROSS THE REGION:

ELDERS PONG (RCWINDS)...............36 MPH
WILLIAMS BRICE STADIUM (RCWINDS)....36 MPH
LAKE MURRAY DAM (RCWINDS)...........36 MPH
NEWBERRY COUNTY AIRPORT (KEOE)......36 MPH
SHAW AFB (KSSC).....................36 MPH
COLUMBIA METRO AIRPORT (KCAE).......35 MPH
LANCASTER COUNTY AIRPORT (KLKR).....35 MPH
MCENTIRE ANG (KMMT).................35 MPH
FLOTILLA ISLAND LAKE MURRAY (LMFS1).34 MPH
UPPER RICHLAND (RCWINDS)............32 MPH


JANUARY 15TH...
ON THE BACK EDGE OF A SHIELD OF CLOUDS AND PRECIPITATION A
GRAVITY WAVE DEVELOPED AND MOVED FROM CENTRAL GEORGIA INTO
CENTRAL SOUTH CAROLINA. THIS PRODUCED STRONG WIND GUSTS ACROSS
PORTIONS OF THE CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN MIDLANDS.

HERE ARE A FEW PEAK WIND GUSTS REPORTS FROM ACROSS THE REGION:

BARNWELL REGIONAL AIRPORT (KBNL)....46 MPH
WATEREE DAM (WATS1).................45 MPH
MCENTIRE ANG (KMMT).................44 MPH
3 SSW WEDGEWOOD.....................43 MPH
2 SE FORT JACKSON (RAWS)............38 MPH
CAMDEN-WOODWARD FIELD (KCDN)........36 MPH
PINE VIEW-GARNERS FERRY (RCWINDS)...36 MPH
OWENS FIELD (RCWINDS)...............36 MPH
2 WSW SNELLING......................35 MPH
2 SSE SPRINGFIELD...................34 MPH


JANUARY 19TH...
COLD ARCTIC AIR SETTLED IN ACROSS THE REGION ON THE MORNING OF
THE 19TH. CLEAR SKIES AND CALM WINDS ALLOWED MORNING TEMPERATURE
TO DROP INTO THE MIDDLE TEENS AT MANY LOCATIONS.

HERE ARE A FEW OF THE MORNING LOW TEMPERATURES:

LEESBURG-HWY 601 (RCWINDS)........13 DEGREES
BEAR CREEK (RCWINDS)..............13 DEGREES
SPRING VALLEY HS (RCWINDS)........13 DEGREES
CEDAR CREEK (NWS COOP)............14 DEGREES
8 E FORT JACKSON (RAWS)...........14 DEGREES
3 SSE RIDGEWAY....................15 DEGREES
CAMDEN-WOODWARD FIELD (KCDN)......16 DEGREES
CHERAW MUNICIPAL AIRPORT (KCQW)...16 DEGREES
7 SE MONETTA......................16 DEGREES
HEATH SPRINGS.....................16 DEGREES


JANUARY 23RD THROUGH 24TH...
ON THE 23RD AN AREA OF LOW PRESSURE MOVED NORTHEAST ALONG THE
SOUTH CAROLINA COAST. ON THE 24TH...THE UPPER LEVEL SYSTEM
ASSOCIATED WITH THE AREA OF LOW PRESSURE MOVED ACROSS THE
REGION. THIS PRODUCED FREEZING RAIN ALONG WITH SOME SLEET ACROSS
THE NORTHERN MIDLANDS AND PORTIONS OF THE CENTRAL MIDLANDS ON
THE 23RD. THE HEAVIEST ACCUMULATIONS OCCURRED ACROSS LANCASTER
AND CHESTERFIELD COUNTIES WHERE ONE TENTH UP TO ONE HALF INCH
OF SLEET AND FREEZING RAIN FELL. ON THE 24TH...LIGHT SNOW FELL
ACROSS A GOOD PORTION OF THE MIDLANDS AND THE CENTRAL SAVANNAH
RIVER AREA. THE HEAVIEST SNOW FELL ACROSS THE CENTRAL SAVANNAH
RIVER AREA WHERE UP TO ONE HALF INCH TO 1 INCH OF SNOW FELL.

HERE ARE A FEW REPORTS OF SLEET AND FREEZING RAIN ON THE 23RD:

JEFFERSON (CHESTERFIELD COUNTY)..........0.50 INCHES
LANCASTER (LANCASTER COUNTY).............0.25 INCHES
8 ENE RIDGEWAY (FAIRFIELD COUNTY)........0.20 INCHES
BLYTHEWOOD (RICHLAND COUNTY).............0.15 INCHES
1 NE KERSHAW (LANCASTER COUNTY)..........0.10 INCHES
BISHOPVILLE (LEE COUNTY).................0.10 INCHES

HERE ARE A FEW REPORTS OF SNOWFALL ON THE MORNING OF THE 24TH:

WEST AUGUSTA (RICHMOND COUNTY)...........1.0 INCH
EVANS (COLUMBIA COUNTY)..................1.0 INCH
GROVETOWN (COLUMBIA COUNTY)..............1.0 INCH
LANCASTER (LANCASTER COUNTY).............1.0 INCH
THOMSON (MCDUFFIE COUNTY)................1.0 INCH
WINDSOR (AIKEN COUNTY)...................1.0 INCH
NORTH AUGUSTA (AIKEN COUNTY).............1.0 INCH
MARTINEZ/GROVETOWN (COLUMBIA COUNTY).....0.75 INCH
AUGUSTA BUSH FIELD (RICHMOND COUNTY).....0.50 INCH
AIKEN (AIKEN COUNTY).....................0.50 INCH


YEAR TO DATE MONTHLY TEMPERATURE AND PRECIPITATION STATISTICS...

COLUMBIA SC METROPOLITAN AIRPORT 2015/2016 MONTHLY AVERAGE
TEMPERATURES AND DEPARTURES FROM NORMAL...

          AVG HIGH/DEP   AVG LOW/DEP   AVG TEMP   NORM  DEPARTURE
JAN 2015  55.7/-0.3      33.7/ 0.0      44.7      44.8    -0.1
FEB       54.1/-6.2      32.1/-4.7      43.1      48.5    -5.4
MAR       70.3/+2.1      46.9/+3.9      58.6      55.6    +3.0
APR       77.8/+1.5      50.4/+5.7      67.0      63.4    +3.6
MAY       86.0/+2.2      61.0/+1.5      73.5      71.7    +1.8
JUN       93.6/+3.6      71.6/+3.4      82.6      79.1    +3.5
JUL       96.4/+3.7      74.3/+2.7      85.3      82.2    +3.1
AUG       92.9/+2.2      72.2/+1.2      82.6      80.8    +1.8
SEP       85.9/+0.7      67.6/+3.4      76.7      74.7    +2.0
OCT       75.6/-0.5      53.6/+1.5      64.6      64.1    +0.5
NOV       69.4/+2.1      48.6/+6.3      59.0      54.8    +4.2
DEC       70.1/+11.9     50.1/+14.8     60.1      46.7   +13.4

JAN 2016  55.1/-0.9      33.6/-0.1      44.3      44.8    -0.5


AUGUSTA GA BUSH FIELD 2014/2015 MONTHLY AVERAGE TEMPERATURES AND
DEPARTURES FROM NORMAL...

          AVG HIGH/DEP   AVG LOW/DEP   AVG TEMP   NORM  DEPARTURE
JAN 2015  55.8/-2.1      32.1/-0.7     44.0       45.4    -1.4
FEB       55.4/-6.9      30.1/-5.8     42.8       49.1    -6.3
MAR       71.3/+1.4      45.3/+3.3     58.3       55.9    +2.4
APR       77.8/+0.5      54.9/+6.8     66.3       62.7    +3.6
MAY       86.7/+1.7      58.1/+0.8     72.4       71.1    +1.3
JUN       93.1/+2.1      68.1/+1.9     80.6       78.6    +2.0
JUL       95.8/+2.4      71.3/+1.5     83.6       81.6    +2.0
AUG       91.4/-0.4      69.8/+0.5     80.6       80.5    +0.1
SEP       85.5/-1.2      65.1/+2.5     75.3       74.6    +0.7
OCT       77.7/-2.1      52.4/+1.4     64.0       64.4    -0.4
NOV       70.2/+1.1      47.0/+5.6     58.6       55.2    +3.4
DEC       70.3/+10.3     48.3/+13.8    59.3       47.2   +12.1

JAN 2016  55.3/-2.6      33.1/+0.3     44.2       45.4    -1.2


COLUMBIA SC METROPOLITAN AIRPORT 2015/2016 MONTHLY PRECIPITATION...

               TOTAL   NORMAL   DEPARTURE
              (INCHES)
JAN 2015       2.60     3.58    -0.98
FEB            4.76     3.61    +1.15
MAR            2.78     3.73    -0.95
APR            4.03     2.62    +1.41
MAY            1.71     2.97    -1.26
JUN            8.79     4.69    +4.10
JUL            1.53     5.46    -3.93
AUG            4.85     5.26    -0.41
SEP            6.15     3.54    +2.61
OCT           14.46     3.17   +11.29
NOV            5.47     2.74    +2.73
DEC            6.45     3.22    +3.23
ANNUAL        63.58    44.59   +18.99

JAN 2016       1.94     3.58    -1.64

AUGUSTA GA BUSH FIELD 2015/2016 MONTHLY PRECIPITATION...

               TOTAL   NORMAL   DEPARTURE
              (INCHES)
JAN 2015       2.10     3.91     -1.81
FEB            4.70     3.92     +0.78
MAR            3.04     4.18     -1.14
APR            4.86     2.84     +2.02
MAY            0.93     2.65     -1.72
JUN            3.50     4.72     -1.22
JUL            3.52     4.33     -0.81
AUG            3.74     4.32     -0.58
SEP            4.05     3.22     +0.83
OCT            4.62     3.27     +1.35
NOV            5.41     2.82     +2.59
DEC            6.92     3.39     +3.53
ANNUAL        47.39    43.57     +3.82

JAN 2016       1.66     3.91     -2.25


THE OUTLOOK FOR FEBRUARY...

THE FORECAST CALLS FOR EQUAL CHANCES OF ABOVE...BELOW AND NORMAL
TEMPERATURES AND 40 TO 50 PERCENT CHANCE OF ABOVE NORMAL
PRECIPITATION.


THE 3-MONTH OUTLOOK FOR THE WINTER/EARLY SPRING
(FEBRUARY/MARCH/APRIL)...

THE FORECAST CALL FOR EQUAL CHANCES OF ABOVE...BELOW AND NORMAL
TEMPERATURES THROUGH THE PERIOD. THE FORECAST CALLS FOR A 40
PERCENT CHANCE OF ABOVE NORMAL PRECIPITATION THROUGH THE PERIOD.

ENSO (EL NINO SOUTHERN OSCILLATION)...
...EL NINO ADVISORY CONTINUES...

EL NINO CONDITIONS ARE PRESENT ACROSS THE CENTRAL AND EASTERN
PACIFIC. THE STRONG EL NINO IS EXPECTED TO GRADUALLY WEAKEN
THROUGH SPRING 2016 AND TO TRANSITION TO ENSO NEUTRAL DURING
LATE SPRING OR EARLY SUMMER 2016.


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
EMERGENCY SERVICES 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 .

$$

VAUGHAN



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