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April 28, 2008 - May 4, 2008


A body of cold air entered the state early Monday with isolated thundershowers. On Tuesday, Canadian high pressure settled over the area on gusting northwest winds. By sunrise Wednesday morning, a few locations observed minimum temperatures near freezing with patchy frost. The late cold snap was quickly followed by southerly winds and 80-degree afternoon temperatures for Friday. A frontal boundary passed eastward Saturday evening with spotty showers for the midlands and a few thunderstorms near the north coast. Mostly sunny weather was observed during the day on Sunday. The state average temperature for the period was three degrees below normal.

The highest official temperature reported was 89 degrees at Jamestown on May 4. The lowest official temperature reported was 32 degrees at Hunts Bridge on the morning of April 30. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 1.70 inches at McEntire ANG ending at 7:00 a.m. on April 28. The state average rainfall for the period was 0.5 inches.


                       Weekly   Jan 1   Departure     
                        Total   Total   from Avg
         Greer           1.36   14.56     -3.5 
      Columbia           0.27   13.39     -3.0
    Orangeburg           0.22   11.34     -5.1
 Charlotte, NC           0.98   12.94     -2.4          	
   Augusta, GA           0.14   14.42     -2.1
      Florence           0.16   13.09     -1.2
N Myrtle Beach           0.31   13.49      0.1
    Charleston           0.67   10.69     -3.6   
  Savannah, GA           0.22   11.44     -2.8

Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.  


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


South Carolina river stages were near to below normal. Ocean water temperatures at Springmaid Pier Myrtle Beach were reported at 70 degrees.

For additional information contact tylerw@dnr.sc.gov or by calling (803) 734-9100.

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