There were reports of light frost over the western counties on Monday morning. On Tuesday, surface winds shifted to a more easterly direction and there were a few isolated rain showers. High pressure drifted offshore by Thursday and delivered a dramatic warming for the remainder of the week. Afternoon temperatures under mostly sunny skies climbed into upper 70's to mid 80's across inland areas. High pollen counts have blanketed most outside surfaces a pale yellow. Statewide temperatures for the period averaged 2 degrees above normal.
PRECIPITATION AND TEMPERATURE DATA
The maximum observed temperature was 88 degrees on March 29 at Cheraw. The minimum observed temperature was 24 degrees at Salem on the morning of March 23. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall was recorded at Hunts Bridge with 0.18" ending at 7:00 a.m. on March 24. Statewide rainfall for the period averaged 0.0 inches.
Precipitation Period 1997 Deviation* Temperature Location Total Total From Avg. Maximum Minimum Greer 0.22 17.8 4.3A 82 30 Charlotte, NC 0.00 12.6 0.8A 87 33 Columbia 0.01 17.4 4.3A 84 31 Florence FAA 0.00 17.1 6.5A 84 30 Blackville 0.00 18.7 6.2A 85 31 Augusta, GA 0.00 20.0 7.2A 84 30 Beaufort 0.02 22.9 12.1A 84 41 Charleston 0.00 23.3 12.4A 81 40 Myrtle Beach 0.00 23.4 11.5A 77 40 *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 Mar. 1-29 Cooling Heating Columbia 9 394 Charleston 12 288 Greenville 3 486Temperatures are expected to average near to above normal for the week. Rainfall is expected to be near normal.
RIVERS AND SURF
Rivers are near to above normal.
Surf temperatures at Myrtle Beach and Savannah will average around 60 degrees.