June 12 - June 18, 2006


Afternoon thunderstorms developed within Monday's mid-90 degree heat to produce large hail in Darlington and intense lightning with heavy, localized rains in North Myrtle Beach. The circulation center of Tropical Storm Alberto entered South Carolina near Aiken Tuesday night. At 6:00 AM on Wednesday morning, Columbia AP recorded a minimum barometric pressure of 29.66 inches. Heavy rains of between four and six inches fell primarily near, and on the eastern side of, the system's path. Flood warnings were issued for the Black Creek near Quinby in Florence County. Winds gusted to 51 mph at Edisto Beach. Hampton, Berkeley, Beaufort and Charleston counties all reported light property damage from tornadoes. Mostly sunny weather followed the exiting storm Thursday and over the weekend. A mild, onshore wind Saturday and Sunday held daytime high temperatures in the middle 80's. For the period, the state average temperature was two degrees below normal.

The highest official temperature reported was 96 degrees at Johnston on June 12. The lowest official temperature reported was 54 degrees at Lake Bowen on the morning of June 16. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 4.70 inches at Pageland ending at 7:00 a.m. on June 14. The average statewide rainfall for the period was 3.1 inches.


                       Weekly   Jan 1  Deviation     
                        Total   Total   From Avg
         Greer           0.46   12.29    -12.1
      Columbia           4.02   15.53     -6.6 
    Orangeburg           3.95   17.10     -5.1  
 Charlotte, NC           2.00   12.14     -8.5             	
   Augusta, GA           3.73   18.87     -2.8  
      Florence           5.18   21.47      1.8
  Myrtle Beach           4.86   20.11      2.0
    Charleston           2.51   19.54     -1.5     
  Savannah, GA           3.29   13.73     -6.9

Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.  

SOIL: 4-inch depth average soil temperature: Columbia 78 degrees.

RIVERS AND SURF: River stages in eastern South Carolina were near or above normal. Other South Carolina river stages were below normal. Ocean water temperatures near Myrtle Beach and Fripp Inlet will average from 78 to 80 degrees.