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May 21 - May 27, 2007


High pressure, with its subsiding, dry air was the dominant weather feature for the entire week. Afternoon high temperatures in the 80's to around 90 degrees were recorded early in the week. On Thursday at 3:00 p.m., Charleston was reporting east winds of 24 mph gusting to 30 mph. Only a handful of isolated and brief light showers developed within South Carolina during the seven-day stretch. Open pan evaporation peaked at 0.44 inches on Saturday. Shallow rooted, non-irrigated plant life was visibly stressed all across the state. Mostly sunny, warm conditions were observed over the weekend. The state average temperature for the period was one degree below normal.

The highest official temperature reported was 92 degrees at Johnston and Givhans on May 21. The lowest official temperature reported was 42 degrees at Lake Bowen on the morning of May 21. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 0.23 inches at Anderson ending at 7:00 a.m. on May 24. The state average rainfall for the period was 0.0 inches.


                Weekly   Jan 1  Deviation
                 Total   Total   From Avg
Greer             0.00   14.17     -7.3
Columbia          0.00   10.92     -7.8
Orangeburg        0.00   13.96     -4.7
Charlotte, NC     0.00   15.27     -2.8
Augusta, GA       0.02   11.51     -7.2 
Florence          0.00   13.90     -2.8
Myrtle Beach      0.00    8.97     -6.7
Charleston        0.03    8.90     -8.1
Savannah, GA      0.00    8.45     -8.4

Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.  


4-inch depth average soil temperature: Columbia 78 degrees.


South Carolina river stages were below normal. Ocean water temperatures at Springmaid Pier Myrtle Beach were reported at 76 degrees.

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

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