April 18 - April 24, 2005


Beginning Monday and continuing through Friday, daily afternoon high temperatures reached into the 80's. Brisk surface winds from the southwest contributed to fast evaporation. Severe weather was reported Friday with the approach of a late season cold front and its collision with the building warmth. Large hail of 1.75 inches and a tornado were confirmed in Pickens County. Small hail covered the ground in Union County. Northwesterly winds over the weekend forced much colder air over the state. Sunday's high temperatures in the upper 50's and low 60's were nearly twenty degrees below the normal. For the period, the state average temperature was near normal.

The highest official temperature reported was 89 degrees at Cades and Jamestown on April 22. The lowest official temperature reported was 25 degrees at Caesars Head on the morning of April 24. The heaviest 24-hour rainfall reported was 2.67 inches at Antreville ending at 7:00 a.m. on April 22. The average statewide rainfall for the period was 0.4 inches.


                       Weekly   Jan 1  Deviation     
                        Total   Total   From Avg
         Greer           0.58    13.1       -3.7
      Columbia           0.56    12.8       -2.8       
    Orangeburg           0.44    12.3       -3.5
 Charlotte, NC           0.32    12.5       -1.8
   Augusta, GA           0.57    16.1        0.4
      Florence           0.13    10.4       -3.0           
  Myrtle Beach           0.08     8.9       -4.1
    Charleston           0.16    10.6       -2.8         
  Savannah, GA  	 0.74    13.1       -0.1

Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.  

SOIL: 4 inch depth average soil temperature: Columbia 69 degrees.

RIVERS AND SURF: South Carolina river stages were near normal. Surf temperatures at Myrtle Beach and Savannah will average around 66 degrees.