May 23 - May 29, 2005


On Monday, gusting west winds of between 25 and 30 mph pushed afternoon temperatures to near 90 degrees. Cloudiness and thunderstorms were observed over the Pee Dee and north coastal counties Tuesday. Both Surfside Beach and Pawleys Island reported large hail. Early morning temperatures on Wednesday fell into the 40's. Slow warming followed into the weekend with sunny 80 degree weather on Saturday. A surface boundary entered the state during the day on Sunday with clouds and passing showers. For the period, the state average temperature was three degrees below normal.

The highest official temperature reported was 92 degrees at Conway on May 23. The lowest official temperature reported was 43 degrees at Caesars Head, Walhalla, Chester and Cedar Creek on the morning of May 25. The heaviest 24-hour rainfall reported was 0.56 inches at N. Myrtle Beach ending at 7:00 a.m. on May 25. The average statewide rainfall for the period was 0.1 inches.


                       Weekly   Jan 1  Deviation     
                        Total   Total   From Avg
         Greer           0.03    17.5       -4.0
      Columbia           0.05    15.3       -3.4       
    Orangeburg           0.00    15.5       -3.1
 Charlotte, NC           0.01    15.1       -3.2	
   Augusta, GA           0.02    19.3        0.4
      Florence           0.02    13.0       -3.7           
  Myrtle Beach           0.64    12.1       -3.5
    Charleston           0.29    14.3       -2.8      
  Savannah, GA  	 0.07    16.8        0.0

Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.  

SOIL: 4 inch depth average soil temperature: Columbia 73 degrees.

RIVERS AND SURF: South Carolina river stages were near normal. Surf temperatures at Myrtle Beach and Savannah will average around 71 degrees.