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May 14 - May 20, 2007


Onshore winds reinforced the state's cooler weather conditions on Monday. High temperatures were reported in the 70's to near 80 degrees. On Tuesday morning, a few of the usual colder locations reported morning low temperatures in the low to mid 40's. Surface winds shifted on Wednesday to a more southwesterly direction with warming and diminishing air quality from woods fires in southern Georgia. A boundary entered the state during the afternoon Wednesday from the west helping to develop a few isolated showers. Additional scattered rains were reported along the coastal counties before clearing skies were observed Friday. Most of the state did not receive much needed rain. Dry, high pressure settled into the area for the weekend with cool mornings and mild to warm, sunny afternoons. The state average temperature for the period was four degrees below normal.

The highest official temperature reported was 90 degrees at Jamestown on May 16. The lowest official temperature reported was 38 degrees at Cedar Creek on the morning of May 19. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 1.13 inches at Myrtle Beach ending at 7:00 a.m. on May 18. The state average rainfall for the period was 0.1 inches.


                Weekly   Jan 1  Deviation
                 Total   Total   From Avg
Greer             0.01   14.17     -6.3
Columbia          0.00   10.92     -7.0
Orangeburg        0.05   13.96     -4.1
Charlotte, NC     0.00   15.27     -2.0
Augusta, GA       0.03   11.49     -6.5
Florence          0.15   13.90     -2.0
Myrtle Beach      0.80    8.97     -5.9
Charleston        0.13    8.87     -7.2
Savannah, GA      0.93    8.45     -7.5

Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.  


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


South Carolina river stages were below normal. Ocean water temperatures at Springmaid Pier Myrtle Beach were reported at 71 degrees.

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

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