Sunny dry days and cool mornings continued throughout the work week. Lack of rain has caused delays in field and garden activities. Afternoon temperatures beginning on Thursday edged into the upper 80's to near 90. On Sunday a frontal boundary dropped southward and initiated isolated late day thunderstorms, some with small hail. Statewide temperatures for the period averaged two degrees above normal.
PRECIPITATION AND TEMPERATURE DATA
The highest temperature was 91 degrees at the State Climatology Office in downtown Columbia on May 6. The lowest temperature was unavailable. The heaviest 24 hour rainfall was 0.73" at Calhoun Falls on May 6. The average statewide rainfall for the period was 0.0".
Precipitation Period 2001 Deviation* Temperature Location Total Total From Avg. Maximum Minimum Greer 0.00 13.19 5.4B 86 53 Columbia 0.02 9.73 7.5B 88 50 Florence 0.00 8.10 6.2B 89 49 Charleston 0.00 10.62 3.7B 85 50 N Myrtle Beach 0.00 11.91 2.5B 78 48 Augusta, Ga. 0.44 13.44 3.5B 89 45 *A=Above, B=Below
Note: Weekly rainfall amounts are for the prior 24-hrs ending 7 am Monday through ending 7 am Sunday.
4 inch depth average soil temperature: Columbia 76 degrees.
RIVERS AND SURF
South Carolina river stages were near to below normal.
Surf temperatures at Myrtle Beach and Savannah will average around 69 degrees.