After two days of mild, sunny weather Wednesday began with light rain. Showers and scattered thundershowers continued into Thursday. Clearing and rapid warming followed, thanks to high pressure relocating offshore. On Friday morning dense fog was observed over most of the state. Florence AP reported zero visibility at 5:00 a.m. With the exception of the immediate beaches, South Carolina enjoyed sunny skies and mid-80 degree afternoon high temperatures over the Easter weekend. Florence's 93 degrees on Sunday shared in the nations high temperature with several Texas cities. Statewide temperatures for the week averaged six degrees above normal.
PRECIPITATION AND TEMPERATURE DATA
The maximum observed temperature was 93 degrees on April 4 at Florence. The minimum observed temperature was 32 degrees at Cedar Creek on the morning of March 30. The heaviest 24-hour rainfall was 2.60 inches at Conway ending at 7:00 a.m. on April 2. Statewide rainfall for the period averaged 0.8 inches.
Precipitation Period 1999 Deviation* Temperature Location Total Total From Avg. Maximum Minimum Greer 1.60 10.3 4.2B 86 47 Charlotte, NC 0.39 8.1 4.3B 87 37 Columbia 0.45 9.0 4.9B 87 41 Florence FAA 0.33 12.5 1.2A 93 49 Blackville 0.27 10.2 3.1B 87 43 Augusta, GA 0.45 11.1 2.3B 88 39 Beaufort 0.15 7.0 4.5B 87 50 Charleston AP 0.27 9.3 2.2B 86 45 Myrtle Beach 0.07 11.3 1.3B 73 45*A=Above, B=Below, E=Estimate
Note: 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 April 1-4 Cooling Heating Columbia 27 0 Charleston 27 0 Greenville 14 2The National Weather Service located at Columbia Metropolitan Airport reports an average 4-inch depth soil temperature of 68 degrees.
RIVERS AND SURF
Rivers are near normal. Surf temperatures at Myrtle Beach and Savannah will average around 63 degrees.