The week began on a warm note with afternoon temperatures climbing into the 80's. Cooler air, under building high pressure gradually filled into the southeast on Tuesday, April 8 through Friday, April 11. On Thursday and Friday mornings minimum temperatures dropped below or near freezing with scattered frost reported across the north midlands and westward towards the upstate's higher elevations. Brief warming occurred on Friday afternoon prior to the passing of another late season cold front Saturday. Showers and thunderstorms were reported overnight on Friday and Saturday into mid- afternoon. The week ended under mostly sunny skies and temperatures near seasonal normals. Statewide temperatures for the period averaged 2 degrees below normal across the upstate, 2 degrees above normal across the midlands and near normal along the coast.PRECIPITATION AND TEMPERATURE DATA
The maximum observed temperature was 85 degrees on April 7 at Holly Hill, Kingstree and Williams. The minimum observed temperature was 27 degrees at Cedar Creek and Salem on the morning of April 10. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall was recorded at Pickens with 2.00" ending at 7:00 a.m. on April 13. Statewide rainfall for the period averaged 1.1". Precipitation Period 1997 Deviation* Temperature Location Total Total From Avg. Maximum Minimum Greer 0.51 14.5 1.2B 73 34 Charlotte, NC 0.94 11.5 1.7B 75 35 Columbia 0.48 10.9 4.0B 81 35 Florence FAA 0.79 10.2 2.0B 84 36 Blackville 0.49 11.3 2.9B 83 38 Augusta, GA 0.26 11.2 3.3B 79 35 Beaufort 1.36 10.2 2.2B 83 46 Charleston 1.84 9.2 3.2B 84 40 Myrtle Beach 3.20 13.7 0.2A 84 37 *A=Above, B=BelowENERGY DEMAND AND AGRICULTURAL ADVISORY
Degree Days Actual April 1-13 Cooling Heating Columbia 20 55 Charleston 26 54 Greenville 2 101 Temperatures are expected to average near normal for the week. Rainfall is expected to be near normal. The Sandhill Experiment Station in north Columbia reports an average 4-inch depth soil temperature of 68 degrees.RIVERS AND SURF
River stages are near normal. Surf temperatures at Myrtle Beach and Savannah will average around 65 degrees.