Both Monday and Tuesday were dry, sunny and almost summer-like as afternoon temperatures climbed into the lower and mid- 90's. Scattered thunderstorms developed late in the day on Tuesday. High pressure provided mostly sunny and cooler days during the mid-week. Over the holiday weekend, a frontal boundary lingered west to east across the state. During the early evening hours on Sunday, scattered thunderstorms were reported, although amounts were generally less than one half inch. Statewide temperatures for the period averaged near normal.PRECIPITATION AND TEMPERATURE DATA
The maximum observed temperature was 94 degrees on May 19 at Cheraw. The minimum observed temperature was 41 degrees at York on the morning of May 22. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall was recorded at Loris with 1.00" ending at 7:00 a.m. on May 21. Statewide rainfall for the period averaged 0.2 inches. Precipitation Period 1997 Deviation* Temperature Location Total Total From Avg. Maximum Minimum Greer 0.23 19.4 1.9B 88 51 Charlotte, NC 0.19 16.7 1.0B 88 53 Columbia 0.24 15.8 3.7B 91 51 Florence FAA 0.68 14.2 2.2B 92 51 Blackville 0.05 15.5 3.8B 92 54 Augusta, GA 0.28 15.5 3.8B 90 52 Beaufort 0.25 16.1 1.1B 87 61 Charleston 0.00 15.8 1.0B 88 61 Myrtle Beach 0.40 20.2 1.6A 91 54 *A=Above, B=Below Note: Weekly rainfall amounts are for the prior 24-hrs ending 7 am Monday through ending 7 am SundayENERGY DEMAND AND AGRICULTURAL ADVISORY
Degree Days Actual May 1-25 Cooling Heating Columbia 90 29 Charleston 122 17 Greenville 63 61 Temperatures are expected to average below normal for the week. Rainfall is expected to be near to above normal. TheSandhill Experiment Station in north Columbia reports an average 4-inch depth soil temperature of 75 degrees.RIVERS AND SURF
River stages are near normal. Surf temperatures at Myrtle Beach and Savannah will average around 72 degrees.