Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Winter in South Carolina

If you were hibernating or migrated south last week, you missed our week of winter in South Carolina! Ice formed in the swamp sometime during the night on Friday or early morning on Saturday. Sunday's warmer weather (low 50Fs) brought nearly an inch of rain, so it still felt raw outside as the ice huging the swamp edge slowly disappeared. Only two souls braved the elements to walk the 1.75-mile boardwalk here at the Audubon Center at Francis Beidler Forest.  But wait!  Just as there will be a change in the oval office later this morning, moisture along a cold front has meteorologists predicting SNOW today for South Carolina areas north of I-26!

With three nights in a row below 30F and a high temperature just above freezing on Friday, ice was bound to form when the overnight temperature on Friday dropped to 16F at the nature center. The images below show ice forming across the water flowing through Mallard Lake.  You can read more about how ice forms on waterways by clicking here.

Images by Mark Musselman

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