Sunny, warm weather prevailed throughout the work week. Afternoon high temperatures were reported in the 80's while mornings cooled into the upper 50's. Summer-like conditions were observed over the weekend. Nearly calm winds, all-day sun and hazy skies sent the mercury into the 90's. Late Sunday afternoon thunderstorms over eastern counties produced hail. Rowesville in Orangeburg County reported baseball size hail. Temperatures for the period averaged three degrees above normal.
PRECIPITATION AND TEMPERATURE DATA
The maximum observed temperature was 93 degrees on May 16 at Williams. The minimum observed temperature was 45 degrees at Walhalla on the morning of May 12. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall was recorded at Jamestown with 2.00" ending at 7:00 a.m. on May 11. Statewide rainfall for the period averaged 0.3 inches.
Precipitation Period 1998 Deviation* Temperature Location Total Total From Avg. Maximum Minimum Greer 0.00 28.6 8.6A 87 51 Charlotte, NC 0.21 20.0 3.3A 92 55 Columbia 0.01 25.2 6.7A 91 56 Florence FAA 0.39 24.7 9.2A 91 55 Blackville NA NA NA NA NA Augusta, GA 0.07 29.1 10.9A 91 56 Beaufort 0.45 29.6 13.5A 90 62 Charleston AP 0.02 31.7 16.1A 87 57 Myrtle Beach 0.16 31.8 14.4A 83 55 *A=Above, B=BelowNote: Weekly rainfall amounts are for the prior 24-hrs ending 7:00 a.m. Monday through ending 7:00 a.m. Sunday
ENERGY DEMAND AND AGRICULTURAL ADVISORY
Degree Days Actual May 1-17 Cooling Heating Columbia 100 1 Charleston 109 0 Greenville 53 15Temperatures are expected to average near to above normal for the week. Rainfall is expected to be near normal. The Sandhill Research and Education Center in north Columbia reports an average 4-inch depth soil temperature of 76 degrees.
RIVERS AND SURF
Rivers are near normal. Surf temperatures at Myrtle Beach and Savannah will average around 71 degrees.