SOUTH CAROLINA WEATHER AND CLIMATE
June 2-8, 1997
Early in the week late season cool, high pressure backed into South Carolina from the north with showers, thunderstorms and
widespread hail. On Wednesday, June 4, cloudy skies and chilling northeast winds held afternoon high temperatures in the 60's or
nearly 20 degree below normal. A gale center formed along the frontal boundary late Thursday night and was positioned offshore
of southern coastal counties Friday morning. Slow moving, torrential rains caused flash flooding in and near Charleston. Between
7 a.m. and noon there were unofficial reports of 9.72 inches in the Mt. Pleasant, S.C. community. Slow drainage, due to above
normal high tides, resulted in flood water depths exceeding five feet on the peninsula of Charleston. On Friday, Saturday and
Sunday both the Charleston Airport and City sites set daily record low maximum temperatures. The week ended under partly sunny
and breezy conditions. Statewide temperatures for the period averaged ten degrees below normal.
PRECIPITATION AND TEMPERATURE DATA
The maximum observed temperature was 89 degrees on June 2 at Cheraw. The minimum observed temperature was 45 degrees at
Mullins on the morning of June 5. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall was recorded at Jamestown with 8.06" ending at 7:00 a.m. on
June 7. Statewide rainfall for the period averaged 1.4 inches.
Period 1997 Deviation* Temperature
Location Total Total From Avg. Maximum Minimum
Greer 0.26 21.4 2.1B 77 54
Charlotte, NC 1.50 18.3 1.2B 80 52
Columbia 1.22 17.2 4.3B 85 56
Florence FAA 1.98 16.5 1.8B 86 50
Blackville 1.17 17.9 3.6B 84 54
Augusta, GA 0.10 16.0 5.0B 84 55
Beaufort 1.76 18.6 0.9B 83 58
Charleston 5.73 21.9 2.7A 82 56
Myrtle Beach 2.14 22.5 1.8A 82 52
Note: Weekly rainfall amounts are for the prior 24-hrs ending 7 am Monday through ending 7 am Sunday
ENERGY DEMAND AND AGRICULTURAL ADVISORY
Columbia 28 10
Charleston 30 9
Greenville 10 23
Temperatures are expected to average near normal for the week. Rainfall is expected to be near to above normal.
The Sandhill Experiment Station in north Columbia reports an average 4-inch depth soil temperature of 65 degrees.
RIVERS AND SURF
River stages are near normal.
Surf temperatures at Myrtle Beach and Savannah will average around 71 degrees.