Cool, dry northwest winds delivered a late season change back to lower temperatures through Wednesday. Wildfire counts due to the ongoing dry weather increased with several central sites reporting smoke-filled days. Early morning low temperatures on Wednesday and Thursday hit their low for the week with frost and freezing conditions observed over most counties excluding the southern coastal region. Winds shifted over the weekend to a more southwesterly direction and provided a slow warmup through the weekend. Statewide temperatures for the period averaged four degrees below normal.
PRECIPITATION AND TEMPERATURE DATA
The highest temperature was 85 degrees at Bennettsville, Cades and Kingstree on April 22. The lowest temperature was 26 degrees at Chester on the morning of April 26. The heaviest 24 hour rainfall was unavailable. The average statewide rainfall for the period was 0.0".
Precipitation Period 2001 Deviation* Temperature Location Total Total From Avg. Maximum Minimum Greer 0.00 12.69 4.1B 80 30 Columbia 0.00 9.39 6.5B 84 33 Florence 0.01 8.06 4.8B 83 34 Charleston 0.00 10.07 3.0B 79 35 N Myrtle Beach 0.01 11.16 1.9B 73 32 Augusta, Ga. 0.00 12.76 2.7B 82 33 *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 63 degrees.