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May 12, 2008 - May 18, 2008


Sunny, cool weather was observed on both Monday and Tuesday. Early morning minimum temperatures Tuesday were reported in the 40's. Southerly winds on Wednesday started a warming trend with afternoon high temperatures rising into the 80's. Isolated showers were reported Thursday and Friday. Walterboro measured 1.20 inches of rain. Conway and the Myrtle Beach AP warmed to 88 degrees on Friday afternoon. A weak boundary crossed the state early Saturday bringing cooler air but little in the way of wet weather. On Sunday at 3:53 p.m., drying west winds gusted to 37 mph at the Florence AP. Later in the day, parts of the Upstate and northern Midlands received scattered, light rains. The state average temperature for the period was three degrees below normal.

The highest official temperature reported was 90 degrees at Jamestown on May 16. The lowest official temperature reported was 40 degrees at Lake Bowen and Cedar Creek on the morning of May 13. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 2.45 inches at Andrews ending at 7:00 a.m. on May 12. The state average rainfall for the period was 0.2 inches.


                       Weekly   Jan 1   Departure     
                        Total   Total   from Avg
         Greer           0.33   15.70     -4.4 
      Columbia           0.05   14.83     -2.9
    Orangeburg           0.27   14.63     -3.1
 Charlotte, NC           0.46   13.81     -3.2          	
   Augusta, GA           0.02   15.97     -1.8
      Florence           0.09   15.47     -0.2
N Myrtle Beach           0.00   15.04      0.4
    Charleston           0.47   12.99     -2.8  
  Savannah, GA           0.09   12.62     -3.1

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 75 degrees.

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

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