High pressure positioned southeast of the area set up conditions for record warming during the first half of the week. Temperatures in the low to mid 90's were recorded Monday through Thursday. A weak, yet cooler boundary, passed across the state late Thursday and caused isolated light showers. Daily high temperatures dropped back into the 80's on Friday and Saturday before a stronger cold front brought scattered thunderstorms and much cooler air into the state on Sunday. Statewide temperatures for the period averaged eleven degrees above normal.
PRECIPITATION AND TEMPERATURE DATA
The highest temperature was 95 degrees at the State Climatology Office in downtown Columbia on April 10. The lowest temperature was unavailable. The heaviest 24 hour rainfall reported was 0.31" at Eutawville on April 15. The average statewide rainfall for the period was 0.2".
Precipitation Period 2001 Deviation* Temperature Location Total Total From Avg. Maximum Minimum Greer 0.47 12.69 3.3B 89 57 Columbia 0.16 9.39 5.7B 91 57 Florence 0.03 8.05 4.3B 93 60 Charleston 0.10 10.07 2.5B 89 62 N Myrtle Beach 0.03 11.15 1.4B 79 58 Augusta, Ga. 0.42 12.76 1.9B 90 55 *A=Above, B=Below
Note: Weekly rainfall amounts are for the prior 24-hrs ending 7 am Monday through ending 7 am Sunday.
4 inch depth average soil temperature: Columbia 68 degrees.
RIVERS AND SURF
South Carolina river stages were near normal. Surf temperatures at Myrtle Beach and Savannah will average around 62 degrees.