Bright, sunny and warm days were observed over the first half of the week. Mid-80 degree afternoon temperatures made it feel as though Spring had surely arrived for good. In contrast, a boundary of much cooler air slowly passed through the state on Thursday with only a few light sprinkles reported. Afternoon temperatures fell nearly twenty-five degrees as clouds were slow to clear and a steady northeast breeze added to the chill. Early morning temperatures on Sunday provided pockets of isolated frost and were limited mostly to the upstate. For the period, the state average temperature was near normal.
PRECIPITATION AND TEMPERATURE DATA
The highest temperature was 89 degrees at Jamestown on April 3. The lowest temperature was 28 degrees at Salem on the morning of April 7. The heaviest 24-hour rainfall was 2.84" at Sumter ending at 7:00 a.m. on April 1. The average statewide rainfall for the period was 0.6".
Precipitation Period 2002 Deviation* Temperature Location Total Total From Avg. Maximum Minimum Greer 0.00 11.36 3.5B 83 36 Columbia 0.01 7.92 6.0B 86 41 Florence 0.00 7.65 4.2B 86 35 Charleston 0.00 9.09 2.8B 85 41 N Myrtle Beach 0.08 6.08 5.6B 77 38 Augusta, Ga. 0.01 8.69 5.3B 87 34 A=Above, B=Below
Note: Weekly rainfall amounts are for the 24-hour period ending midnight Sunday.
4 inch depth average soil temperature: Columbia 65 degrees.
RIVERS AND SURF
South Carolina river stages were below normal.
Surf temperatures at Myrtle Beach and Savannah will average around 63 degrees.