Bright blue skies and warm temperatures were observed on Memorial Day Monday. Sunny weather continued on both Tuesday and Wednesday with easterly winds helping moderate temperatures. Northern coastal counties reported showers on Wednesday due to a tropical low positioned offshore of Jacksonville, Florida. Clouds and scattered rainshowers continued on Thursday. High pressure dominated the weekend with the seasons highest temperatures. On Sunday, light westerly winds and fourteen hours of a high sun angle sent afternoon temperatures into the mid-90's to over 100 degrees. For the period, the state average temperature was six degrees below normal.
PRECIPITATION AND TEMPERATURE DATA
The highest temperature reported was 104 degrees at Allendale on June 2. The lowest temperature was 41 degrees at Walhalla and Hunts Bridge on the morning of May 28. The heaviest 24-hour rainfall reported was 1.38" at Eutawville ending at 7:00 a.m. on May 31. The average statewide rainfall for the period was 0.4".
Precipitation Period 2002 Deviation* Temperature Location Total Total From Avg. Maximum Minimum Greer 0.00 15.94 6.4B 95 58 Columbia 0.35 18.90 0.6B 95 61 Florence 0.71 12.71 4.8B 98 57 Charleston 0.12 13.04 4.9B 101 59 N Myrtle Beach 0.02 8.87 7.4B 92 61 Augusta, Ga. 0.28 12.12 7.4B 98 57 A=Above, B=Below
Note: Weekly rainfall amounts are for the 24-hour period ending midnight Sunday.
4 inch depth average soil temperature: Columbia 81 degrees.
RIVERS AND SURF
South Carolina river stages were below normal.
Surf temperatures at Myrtle Beach and Savannah will average around 80 degrees.