June 1-6, 1998


Sweltering heat dominated the first half of the week. Several isolated thunderstorms, some with hail and high winds, occurred in the late afternoons. Daily maximum temperatures were reported in the mid and upper 90's, peaking at over 100 degrees on Wednesday. Florence measured a heat index value of 110 degrees at 3 p.m. on Wednesday. Sandhill Experiment Station in Richland County observed a desert-like evaporation loss of 0.60 inches in 24 hours. A welcomed cold front slowly passed through the state on Friday and Saturday. Scattered storms developed near the boundary. Union County reported hail stones 2.75 inches in diameter. Sunday felt like an early spring day under mostly clear, blue skies and daytime high temperatures in the mid 70's to low 80's. Temperatures for the period averaged four degrees above normal.


The maximum observed temperature was 102 degrees on June 3 at Cheraw. The minimum observed temperature was 44 degrees at Walhalla on the morning of June 7. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall was recorded at Batesburg with 2.00 inches ending at 7:00 a.m. on June 5. Statewide rainfall for the period averaged 1.2 inches.

                 Period     1998       Deviation*       Temperature
Location         Total      Total      From Avg.     Maximum    Minimum   
Greer            1.36       30.3         7.0A           95        51
Charlotte, NC    0.46       21.2         1.9A           98        55 
Columbia         1.16       26.9         5.6A           98        57    
Florence FAA     1.25       27.0         8.9A           99        56   
Blackville       NA         NA           NA             99        60
Augusta, GA      0.48       29.7         8.70A          101       62
Beaufort         0.44       30.0         10.7A          98        68 
Charleston AP    0.13       32.0         12.9A          98        59
Myrtle Beach     1.06       33.3         12.8A          96        62
*A=Above, B=Below                                                                       
Note: Weekly rainfall amounts are for the prior 24-hrs ending 7:00 a.m. Monday through ending 7:00 a.m. Sunday


                  Degree Days      
                    June 1-7  
                Cooling   Heating             
Columbia        105       0
Charleston      123       0
Greenville      76        2   
Temperatures are expected to average near to below normal for the week. Rainfall is expected to be near normal. The Sandhill Research and Education Center in north Columbia reports an average 4-inch depth soil temperature of 82 degrees.

RIVERS AND SURF Rivers are near to below normal. Surf temperatures at Myrtle Beach and Savannah will average around 77 degrees.