Memorial Day Monday was enjoyed under mostly sunny skies and mid-80 degree temperatures. Quite the opposite on Tuesday morning as heavy rain fell across the central counties of South Carolina. Several sites measured amounts greater than two inches. Seasonal conditions were observed into the weekend before moist tropical air and 90 degree heat provided a setting for afternoon thunderstorms on Friday and Sunday. Some of the storm cells produced high winds and small hail. Rainfall for the week was the heaviest since the last week of March. Statewide temperatures for the week averaged two degrees above normal.
PRECIPITATION AND TEMPERATURE DATA
The highest temperature was 97 degrees at Givhans on June 3. The lowest temperature was 50 degrees at Hunts Bridge on May 28 . The heaviest 24-hour rainfall was 2.06" at Clarks Hill ending at 7:00 a.m. on May 30. The average statewide rainfall for the period was 1.8".
Period 2001 Deviation* Temperature Location Total Total From Avg. Maximum Minimum Greer 2.17 16.85 5.8B 86 58 Columbia 2.36 15.25 5.5B 92 63 Florence 2.29 10.97 6.6B 92 62 Charleston 0.52 12.12 6.2B 93 62 N Myrtle Beach 2.85 15.36 1.9B 89 58 Augusta, Ga. 3.27 17.66 2.8B 90 59 *A=Above, B=Below
Note: Weekly rainfall amounts are for the prior 24-hrs ending 7 am Monday through ending 7 am Sunday.
4 inch depth average soil temperature: Columbia 80 degrees.
RIVERS AND SURF
South Carolina river stages were near to below normal.
Surf temperatures at Myrtle Beach and Savannah will average around 78 degrees.