The unseasonable pattern of cool weather continued for most of the week. Early morning fog was observed on Monday. Upstate sites awoke to temperatures in the upper 30's and lower 40's. A cyclonic feature formed over the Gulf of Mexico during midweek and passed offshore Friday. Cold northeast winds and blowing rain were reported along coastal locations. High pressure quickly replaced the exiting system over the weekend and by Sunday afternoon high temperatures were in the 80's statewide. For the period, the state average temperature was six degrees below normal.
The highest official temperature reported was 89 degrees at Johnston on May 8. The lowest official temperature reported was 38 degrees at Walhalla on the morning of May 2. The heaviest 24-hour rainfall reported was 2.00 inches at N. Myrtle Beach AP ending at 7:00 a.m. on May 6. The average statewide rainfall for the period was 0.3 inches.
PRECIPITATION AND TEMPERATURE DATA
Precipitation Weekly Jan 1 Deviation Total Total From Avg Greer 0.08 14.0 -4.6 Columbia 0.01 13.1 -3.7 Orangeburg 0.23 13.0 -3.7 Charlotte, NC 0.07 13.2 -2.6 Augusta, GA 0.03 16.4 -0.5 Florence 0.42 11.2 -3.5 Myrtle Beach 2.00 11.1 -2.6 Charleston 1.16 12.0 -2.7 Savannah, GA 1.26 14.7 0.1 Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.
SOIL: 4 inch depth average soil temperature: Columbia 70 degrees.
RIVERS AND SURF: South Carolina river stages were near to below normal. Surf temperatures at Myrtle Beach and Savannah will average around 67 degrees.