Hot, unseasonable weather continued through Monday with more mid-80 and lower 90 degree heat. A boundary of cooler air crossed into the state early Tuesday lowering temperatures by about ten degrees. After a short warming trend another front raced through South Carolina on Thursday morning with many sites receiving much needed rain. Amounts of 0.25" to 0.50" were common with the exception of the southern coast, which was excluded. Sunny, bright blue skies started the day on Friday before late day cloudiness and blustery winds arrived. Cloudy skies and brisk northeast winds held down temperatures on Saturday while Sunday warmed nicely under mostly sunny weather. For the period, the state average temperature was three degrees above normal.
PRECIPITATION AND TEMPERATURE DATA
The highest temperature was 94 degrees at Myrtle Beach and Walterboro on April 22. The lowest temperature was 37 degrees at Lake Bowen on the morning of April 26. The heaviest 24-hour rainfall was 1.05" at Conway ending at 7:00 a.m. on April 26. The average statewide rainfall for the period was 0.2".
Precipitation Period 2002 Deviation* Temperature Location Total Total From Avg. Maximum Minimum Greer 0.22 12.10 5.1B 83 47 Columbia 0.20 9.51 6.4B 87 50 Florence 0.25 8.48 5.2B 90 48 Charleston 0.33 10.65 3.1B 91 54 N Myrtle Beach 0.45 6.71 6.6B 92 50 Augusta, Ga. 0.06 10.03 6.0B 87 47 A=Above, B=Below
Note: Weekly rainfall amounts are for the 24-hour period ending midnight Sunday.
4 inch depth average soil temperature: Columbia 75 degrees.
RIVERS AND SURF
South Carolina river stages were below normal.
Surf temperatures at Myrtle Beach and Savannah will average around 70 degrees.