Pockets of frost were observed early Monday morning as the temperature fell into the low 30's over many inland sites. Sunny to mostly sunny conditions prevailed throughout the rest of the week. Drying was further enhanced by afternoon high temperatures peaking in the 90's and brisk winds. Several locations set or tied daily maximum temperature records beginning Friday through Sunday. Average temperatures ran as much as sixteen degrees above normal for mid-April. Wildfire incidents showed a sharp increase over counts of previous weeks. For the period, the state average temperature was four degrees above normal.
The highest official temperature reported was 95 degrees at Pageland on April 15. The lowest official temperature reported was 29 degrees at Cedar Creek on the morning of April 10. The average statewide rainfall for the period was 0.0 inches.
PRECIPITATION AND TEMPERATURE DATA
Precipitation Weekly Jan 1 Deviation Total Total From Avg Greer 0.00 7.07 -8.8 Columbia 0.00 7.41 -7.4 Orangeburg 0.00 8.59 -6.2 Charlotte, NC 0.00 6.01 -7.6 Augusta, GA 0.00 10.78 -4.1 Florence 0.00 5.76 -6.9 Myrtle Beach 0.00 8.12 -4.2 Charleston 0.01 7.91 -4.8 Savannah, GA 0.00 8.10 -4.2 Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.
SOIL: 4-inch depth average soil temperature: Columbia 70 degrees.
RIVERS AND SURF: South Carolina river stages were below normal. Surf temperatures at Myrtle Beach and Savannah will average around 66 degrees.