June 14 - 20, 2004


A slow moving area of low pressure entered the panhandle of Florida on Monday and brought flooding rains and severe weather to South Carolina in its wake. Hampton and Jasper Counties reported flash flooding. On Tuesday morning the Beaufort Coast Guard observed several water spouts over Port Royal Sound and a tornado touched down near the Pinckney Wildlife Refuge. More flash flooding occurred in Beaufort and Charleston. Strong thunderstorms formed in the afternoon hours over the central midlands Wednesday. One of the cells produced a funnel cloud which was captured on Department of Transportation television cameras. Fourteen hour sunshine days late in the work week sent high temperatures into the upper 90's on Friday and Saturday. Heat index values exceeded 100 degrees. A welcomed push of cooler air on Sunday dropped high temperatures into the 80's. For the period, the state average temperature was three degrees above normal.

The highest official temperature reported was 99 at Orangeburg on June 21. The lowest official temperature reported was 62 degrees at Union on the morning of June 20. The heaviest 24-hour rainfall reported was 5.45" at Allendale ending at 7:00 a.m. on June 15. The average statewide rainfall for the period was 0.4.


                              Precipitation                   Temperature
                       Weekly   Jan 1  Deviation      Average  Average
                        Total   Total   From Avg      Maximum  Minimum  Average
         Greer           0.34    14.7      -10.0           
      Columbia           2.38    16.2       -6.2           
   Augusta, GA           0.33    17.8       -4.2           
        Cheraw*           NA
       Chester*           NA 
      Johnston*           NA                                 NA
        Sumter*           NA      
       Clemson*           NA
      Florence           0.29    11.5       -8.5           
  Myrtle Beach           0.00    14.1       -4.3 
     Allendale*           NA      
    Charleston           0.14    15.6       -5.8          
      Beaufort*           NA

* Rainfall totals ending Sunday 7:00 a.m.  All others ending midnight.


4 inch depth average soil temperature: Columbia 84 degrees.


South Carolina river stages were below normal. Surf temperatures at Myrtle Beach
and Savannah will average around 81 degrees.