Abundant sunshine combined with the high sun angle to send afternoon temperatures into the 80's Monday through Wednesday. Spring season flowering, east of the Foothills, was beginning to peak. Cloudy skies and showers began on Thursday and continued Friday. Sites across the north midlands reported thunderstorms and heavy rains within the unstable air mass. Clearing skies were observed on Saturday followed by mild, mid-70 degree conditions on Sunday. For the period, the state average temperature was three degrees above normal.
The highest official temperature reported was 87 degrees at Cades and Orangeburg on April 5. The lowest official temperature reported was 37 degrees at Walhalla and Union on the morning of April 4. The heaviest 24-hour rainfall reported was 3.57 inches at Cheraw ending at 7:00 a.m. on April 9. The average statewide rainfall for the period was 0.8 inches.
PRECIPITATION AND TEMPERATURE DATA
Precipitation Weekly Jan 1 Deviation Total Total From Avg Greer 1.20 11.8 -3.4 Columbia 0.53 11.6 -2.6 Orangeburg 0.88 11.8 -2.5 Charlotte, NC 0.14 10.1 -2.9 Augusta, GA 1.59 15.5 1.1 Florence 0.59 9.1 -3.1 Myrtle Beach 0.83 8.4 -3.6 Charleston 0.26 10.3 -1.9 Savannah, GA 0.93 12.3 0.6 Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.
SOIL: 4 inch depth average soil temperature: Columbia 66 degrees.
RIVERS AND SURF: South Carolina river stages were near to above normal. Surf temperatures at Myrtle Beach and Savannah will average around 64 degrees.