Overcast skies on Monday signaled an approaching storm. By early Tuesday the effects of rain and wind were being felt across South Carolina as a powerful gale center was located near the Florida panhandle. As the storm center tracked across southern counties, eventually exiting close to Myrtle Beach, gale force gust were observed from the mountains to the sea. The State Climatology rooftop anemometer in downtown Columbia recorded a peak gust of 64 mph at 1:50 p.m. on Tuesday. There were widespread reports of downed trees and limbs which resulted in electrical service disruptions. Heavy rains in excess of 3 inches caused flooding of roadways. At 2 p.m. Wednesday, the apparent circulation center was observed by a lowest pressure reading of 29.04" at Myrtle Beach. Rivers, already under flooding conditions from prior rains, continued to rise in eastern sections. Fair weather followed into the weekend but turned cloudy with scattered showers Saturday and Sunday. Statewide temperatures averaged near normal.
PRECIPITATION AND TEMPERATURE DATA
The maximum observed temperature was 68 degrees on February 3 at Beaufort. The minimum observed temperature was 13 degrees at Cedar Creek on the morning of February 2. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall was recorded at Walterboro with 3.77" ending at 7 a.m. on February 4. Statewide rainfall for the period averaged 3.1 inches.
Precipitation Period 1997 Deviation* Temperature Location Total Total From Avg. Maximum Minimum Greer 3.02 9.8 4.5A 50 32 Charlotte, NC 1.51 7.3 2.5A 58 32 Columbia 3.45 10.4 4.8A 56 32 Florence FAA 2.24 7.1 2.6A 59 30 Blackville 4.68 11.0 5.6A 56 27 Augusta, GA 2.79 10.3 5.1A 57 27 Beaufort 1.36 9.5 4.8A 68 36 Charleston 2.06 9.6 5.3A 65 34 Myrtle Beach 4.66 12.0 6.9A 61 33 *A=Above, B=BelowNote: Weekly rainfall amounts are for the prior 24-hrs ending 7:00 a.m. Monday through ending 7:00 a.m. Sunday
ENERGY DEMAND AND AGRICULTURAL ADVISORY
Degree Days Actual Feb. 1-8 Cooling Heating Columbia 0 159 Charleston 0 131 Greenville 0 182Temperatures are expected to average near normal for the week. Rainfall is expected to be above normal.
RIVERS AND SURF
River stages are above normal. Several eastern rivers are in flood.
Surf temperatures at Myrtle Beach and Savannah will average around 50