April 17 - April 23, 2006


Summer-like heat was observed on Monday with Table Rock, at an elevation of over 1000 feet, reporting a high temperature of 93 degrees. Scattered thunderstorms developed during the evening causing wind damage across the Pee Dee and north coast. Additional wet weather coverage occurred on Wednesday with passing afternoon storms. Sunny skies followed into Saturday before the week's third round of stormy weather swept through the state. Large hail, up to 1.75 inches in diameter, fell in both Anderson and Little Mountain with numerous reports of smaller hail and wind elsewhere. Isolated heavy rains disrupted outdoor activities. Steady west winds of 15 to 20 mph on Sunday helped clear skies and push afternoon temperatures back into the warm 80's. For the period, the state average temperature was four degrees above normal.

The highest official temperature reported was 94 degrees at Cheraw and Darlington on April 17. The lowest official temperature reported was 45 degrees at Caesars Head on the morning of April 19. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 1.75 inches at Conway ending at 7:00 a.m. on April 23. The average statewide rainfall for the period was 0.8 inches.


                       Weekly   Jan 1  Deviation     
                        Total   Total   From Avg
         Greer           2.20    9.27     -7.4
      Columbia           0.37    7.78     -7.7 
    Orangeburg           0.65    9.24     -6.2  
 Charlotte, NC           1.41    7.42     -6.8             	
   Augusta, GA           0.95   11.73     -3.8  
      Florence           0.19    5.95     -7.3
  Myrtle Beach           1.35    9.47     -3.4
    Charleston           0.44    8.35     -5.0     
  Savannah, GA  	       0.24    8.34     -4.8

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. Ocean water temperatures near Myrtle Beach and Fripp Inlet will average from 67 to 70 degrees.