Drying west winds and high temperatures were reported during the first half of the week. The afternoon heat peaked in the upper 90's from the midlands eastward over to the coast. A cooler air mass dropped southeast on Friday lowering South Carolina temperatures by ten to fifteen degrees. Morning lows across the mountains fell into the 50's. Scattered thunderstorms producing large hail were observed on both Saturday and Sunday. Gaston and Swansea in Lexington County reported damaging hail Saturday that covered the ground. For the period, the state average temperature was two degrees below normal.
The highest official temperature reported was 99 degrees at Orangeburg on June 15. The lowest official temperature reported was 52 degrees at Caesars Head on the morning of June 18. The heaviest 24-hour rainfall reported was 2.45 inches at Greenwood AP ending at 7:00 a.m. on June 18. The average statewide rainfall for the period was 0.2 inches.
PRECIPITATION AND TEMPERATURE DATA
Precipitation Weekly Jan 1 Deviation Total Total From Avg Greer 0.39 21.4 -3.2 Columbia 0.10 18.9 -3.3 Orangeburg 0.04 19.4 -2.2 Charlotte, NC 1.23 20.3 -0.4 Augusta, GA 0.00 25.3 3.4 Florence 0.00 16.8 -3.0 Myrtle Beach 0.00 13.8 -4.5 Charleston 0.14 17.6 -3.6 Savannah, GA 0.36 20.7 -0.1 Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.
SOIL: 4 inch depth average soil temperature: Columbia 79 degrees.
RIVERS AND SURF: South Carolina river stages were near to above normal. Surf temperatures at Myrtle Beach and Savannah will average around 77 degrees.