Near normal weather conditions were observed on Monday and Tuesday. Mornings were cool and afternoons were mostly sunny and mild. Scattered thundershowers associated with cold, upper air low pressure, drifted into the upstate late Tuesday. Storms became more numerous on Wednesday with hail up to golf ball size being reported in Lexington County. Cloudy, rainy skies and northwesterly winds held afternoon temperatures in the 50's and 60's into Thursday. Over the weekend, high pressure provided clearing, warmer temperatures and welcomed drying. By late afternoon Sunday, the mercury had risen into the low 80's. Statewide temperatures for the week averaged 3 degrees below normal.
PRECIPITATION AND TEMPERATURE DATA
The maximum observed temperature was 83 degrees on April 19 at Jamestown and Columbia. The minimum observed temperature was 30 degrees at Hunts Bridge on the morning of April 24. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall was recorded at Pickens with 1.37" ending at 7:00 a.m. on April 23. Statewide rainfall for the period averaged 0.8 inches.
Precipitation Period 1998 Deviation* Temperature Location Total Total From Avg. Maximum Minimum Greer 1.10 25.8 8.5A 76 42 Charlotte, NC 0.14 17.9 3.6A 80 46 Columbia 0.29 22.9 6.7A 83 43 Florence FAA 0.63 22.0 8.8A 81 43 Blackville 0.60 24.5 8.8A 80 42 Augusta, GA 0.90 26.3 10.4A 79 41 Beaufort 0.37 27.0 13.5A 80 51 Charleston 0.36 27.1 13.7A 80 45 Myrtle Beach 1.30 30.3 15.7A 76 46 *A=Above, B=BelowNote: Weekly rainfall amounts are for the prior 24-hrs ending 7:00 a.m. Monday through ending 7:00 a.m. Sunday
ENERGY DEMAND AND AGRICULTURAL ADVISORY
Degree Days Actual April 1-26 Cooling Heating Columbia 68 93 Charleston 64 64 Greenville 16 168Temperatures are expected to average near normal for the week. Rainfall is expected to be near normal.
RIVERS AND SURF
Rivers are above normal.
Surf temperatures at Myrtle Beach and Savannah will average around 65 degrees.