Mild, mostly sunny weather was observed on Monday and Tuesday. Cloudy conditions with afternoon thunderstorms occurred on Wednesday. Severe weather, in the form of heavy rains, hail and high winds was reported Wednesday night and into Thursday morning. Hardeeville, in Jasper County, reported light damage from a tornado at 6:25 a.m. on Thursday. High pressure followed the storms and provided sunny, cooler afternoons over the Easter weekend. A few sheltered upstate sites noted morning low temperatures on Sunday in the low to mid 30's. Statewide temperatures for the week averaged near normal.
PRECIPITATION AND TEMPERATURE DATA
The maximum observed temperature was 83 degrees on April 9 at Myrtle Beach and Edisto Beach. The minimum observed temperature was 30 degrees at Salem on the morning of April 11. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall was recorded at Aiken with 3.20" ending at 7:00 a.m. on April 9. Statewide rainfall for the period averaged 1.6 inches.
Precipitation Period 1998 Deviation* Temperature Location Total Total From Avg. Maximum Minimum Greer 2.42 22.0 6.5A 79 39 Charlotte, NC 2.15 16.4 3.3A 84 42 Columbia 1.35 20.4 5.6A 81 39 Florence FAA 1.03 19.6 7.5A 80 37 Blackville 1.16 21.8 7.7A 82 41 Augusta, GA 1.00 24.1 9.7A 81 39 Beaufort 1.57 25.8 13.5A 82 47 Charleston 1.24 26.3 14.1A 82 42 Myrtle Beach 2.10 27.0 13.7A 83 45 *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 April 1-12 Cooling Heating Columbia 10 45 Charleston 26 35 Greenville 7 85Temperatures are expected to average near to above normal for the week. Rainfall is expected to be near normal.
RIVERS AND SURF
Rivers are above normal.
Surf temperatures at Myrtle Beach and Savannah will average around 61 degrees.