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May 7 - May 13, 2007


Steady north winds blew across the state on Monday, as low pressure offshore near Cape Hatteras, forced cooler and drier air southward into the state. North winds gusted over 30 mph at many sites peaking in Myrtle Beach at 38 mph. The offshore feature drifted south Tuesday with continuing north winds especially along the beaches. At 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, the National Hurricane Center named the subtropical storm as Andrea and positioned the circulation center 140 miles southeast of Savannah, Ga. High tide height departures Wednesday along South Carolina nearshore waters ran between 2 and 2.5 feet above normal. Bands of showers rotating westward towards the coast gave coastal counties within the Pee Dee, welcomed rains. Widely scattered thundershowers and warming was observed Thursday and beyond. Thunderstorms during the day on Saturday produced several reports of small hail and a few intense periods of heavy rain. Although a few isolated showers were reported Sunday, the week ended under mostly sunny skies and slightly cooler temperatures. The state average temperature for the period was near normal.

The highest official temperature reported was 90 degrees at Johnston and Darlington on May 11, at Dillon, Barnwell, Johnston, and Jamestown on May 12 and again at Jamestown on May 13. The lowest official temperature reported was 33 degrees at Cedar Creek on the morning of May 7. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 2.78 inches at Cades ending at 7:00 a.m. on May 13. The state average rainfall for the period was 0.6 inches.


                Weekly   Jan 1  Deviation
                 Total   Total   From Avg
Greer             0.25   14.16     -5.2
Columbia          0.36   10.92     -6.3
Orangeburg        0.14   13.91     -3.3
Charlotte, NC     0.27   15.27     -1.1
Augusta, GA       0.56   11.46     -5.9
Florence          2.39   13.75     -1.4
Myrtle Beach      0.05    8.17     -6.0
Charleston        0.33    8.74     -6.5
Savannah, GA      0.44    7.52     -7.6

Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.  


4-inch depth average soil temperature: Columbia 75 degrees.


South Carolina river stages were near to below normal. Ocean water temperatures at Springmaid Pier Myrtle Beach were reported at 72 degrees.

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

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