Monday was a beautiful day with clean air and high temperatures in the 80's. Early morning low temperatures, courtesy of cool high pressure, fell into the mid 40's across near mountain sites to the upper 50's towards the coast. Slow warming with scattered thunderstorms followed on Tuesday and Wednesday. Hail and high winds were observed late Wednesday along with excessive rainfall amounts over the midlands and into southern coastal counties. Hot, westerly winds on Friday and Saturday helped push the mercury close to 100 degrees. At 4 p.m. on Saturday, Charleston City reported a heat index value of 108 degrees. Scattered, strong storms Sunday afternoon caused wind and hail damage from Lexington County eastward to Colleton County. Temperatures for the period averaged two degrees above normal.
PRECIPITATION AND TEMPERATURE DATA
The maximum observed temperature was 98 degrees on June 12 at Jamestown. The minimum observed temperature was 39 degrees at Hunts Bridge on the morning of June 8. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall was recorded at Ridgeland with 3.20 inches ending at 7:00 a.m. on June 11. Statewide rainfall for the period averaged 0.8 inches.
Precipitation Period 1998 Deviation* Temperature Location Total Total From Avg. Maximum Minimum Greer 1.08 31.4 7.0A 91 50 Charlotte, NC 1.99 23.2 3.2A 95 54 Columbia 0.62 27.5 5.1A 95 52 Florence FAA 0.90 27.9 8.8A NA 52 Blackville 0.16 28.3 5.7A 96 52 Augusta, GA 1.43 31.1 9.2A 97 51 Beaufort 0.26 30.3 9.5A 96 60 Charleston AP 1.31 33.3 12.7A 95 53 Myrtle Beach 1.10 34.4 12.7A 97 54 *A=Above, B=BelowNote: Weekly rainfall amounts are for the prior 24-hrs ending 7:00 a.m. Monday through ending 7:00 a.m. Sunday
ENERGY DEMAND AND AGRICULTURAL ADVISORY
Degree Days Actual June 1-14 Cooling Heating Columbia 200 0 Charleston 222 0 Greenville 139 3Temperatures are expected to average near 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 78 degrees.
Summer 1998 will officially begin Sunday, June 21, at 10:03 a.m. DST