The week began with early morning temperatures on Monday cooling into the lower 60's. Strong thunderstorms on Tuesday evening dropped large, damaging hail at Society Hill. Storms on Wednesday, the first day of summer 2006, produced wind gusts of 58 mph at the Darlington AP. Hot and hazy conditions were observed through Thursday. A broad area of low pressure near Florida's southeast coast was influential in South Carolina's weather over the weekend. Increasing onshore winds from the Atlantic forced clouds and thundershowers across the beaches and extended westward into the mountains. Dry soils across the Piedmont and Upstate received welcomed rains not seen since the third week in April. Tropical type downpours of between 3 and 5 inches fell over Berkeley County Sunday, causing localized flooding. The increased cloudiness on both Saturday and Sunday lowered daily afternoon high temperatures into the mid-80's. For the period, the state average temperature was one degree above normal.
The highest official temperature reported was 102 degrees at Sandy Springs on June 22. The lowest official temperature reported was 57 degrees at Table Rock and Caesars Head on the morning of June 19. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 3.92 inches at Lake Bowen ending at 7:00 a.m. on June 24. The average statewide rainfall for the period was 1.3 inches.
PRECIPITATION AND TEMPERATURE DATA
Precipitation Weekly Jan 1 Deviation Total Total From Avg Greer 1.75 14.04 -11.3 Columbia 0.73 16.26 -7.1 Orangeburg 0.11 17.21 -6.2 Charlotte, NC 3.58 15.62 -5.8 Augusta, GA 0.35 19.22 -3.5 Florence 0.94 22.41 1.7 Myrtle Beach 0.35 20.46 1.4 Charleston 1.00 20.54 -2.0 Savannah, GA 0.93 14.66 -7.3 Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.
SOIL: 4-inch depth average soil temperature: Columbia 81 degrees.
RIVERS AND SURF: South Carolina river stages were near or above normal. Ocean water temperatures near Myrtle Beach and Fripp Inlet will average from 81 to 83 degrees.