High pressure was in control early in the week with dry, warm days. North to northeast surface winds helped keep afternoon temperatures in the 80's. Winds shifted on Thursday and the mercury began to climb back into the mid and upper 90's. On Friday, 100 degree observations were noted over most of central South Carolina. Relief in the form of thunderstorms occurred on Saturday across northern sites in response to a boundary of cooler air that neared the state. Sunday was a mix of cloudy skies, lower temperatures and scattered thunderstorms. Statewide temperatures for the period averaged one degree above normal.
PRECIPITATION AND TEMPERATURE DATA
The maximum observed temperature was 104 degrees at State Climatology Office in downtown Columbia on June 2. The minimum observed temperature was 45 degrees at Lake Bowen on the morning of May 31. The heaviest 24-hour rainfall was reported at Mullins with 1.49" ending at 7 a.m. on June 4. Statewide average rainfall for the period was 0.1".
Precipitation Period 2000 Deviation* Temperature Location Total Total From Avg. Maximum Minimum Greer 0.02 16.9 5.9B 97 52 Columbia 0.00 16.3 4.6B 101 56 Florence 0.24 13.8 4.0B 97 52 Charleston 1.01 13.1 5.5B 101 56 N Myrtle Beach 0.33 13.5 3.9B 88 54 Augusta, Ga. 0.00 11.9 8.7B 100 52*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 81 degrees.
RIVERS AND SURF
Most South Carolina rivers are below normal. Surf temperatures at Myrtle Beach and Savannah will average around 78 degrees.