Near normal temperatures of 90 degree afternoons and 70 degree mornings made up the first half of the week. Sites close to the central coast reported drenching rains from a combination of the sea breeze and afternoon heating. On Thursday, the official start of Summer 2001, a pattern of late day scattered thunderstorms began for the rest of the state and continued through the weekend. There were a few reports of flash flooding because of the slow movement of the storm cells. High temperatures fell back into the 80's due to the increased cloud cover. Statewide temperatures for the week averaged near normal.
PRECIPITATION AND TEMPERATURE DATA
The highest temperature was 95 degrees at Bennettsville on June 21. The lowest temperature was 54 degrees at Caesars Head on the morning of June 24. The heaviest 24-hour rainfall reported was 2.53" at Gaffney on June 24. The average statewide rainfall for the period was 0.6".
Precipitation Period 2001 Deviation* Temperature Location Total Total From Avg. Maximum Minimum Greer 0.81 18.45 7.5B 88 64 Columbia 0.60 17.60 6.5B 91 64 Florence 0.24 15.38 5.3B 92 62 Charleston 6.13 20.00 2.9B 88 62 N Myrtle Beach 0.66 17.67 3.1B 86 61 Augusta, Ga. 0.20 21.69 1.7B 91 57 *A=Above, B=Below
Note: Weekly rainfall amounts are for the prior 24-hrs ending 7 am Monday through ending 7 am Sunday.
4 inch depth average soil temperature: Columbia 82 degrees.
RIVERS AND SURF
South Carolina river stages were near normal.
Surf temperatures at Myrtle Beach and Savannah will average around 80 degrees.