Dry, blistering heat was observed from the mountains to the beaches in just the first full week of summer. Strong, yet isolated storms produced hail and high winds on Wednesday, but brought little relief to the statewide lack of rain. Air quality along southern counties was rated very poor due to smoke drift from fires across Florida. Afternoon temperatures exceeding 100 degrees were reported somewhere in the state on each day. The heat has placed serious water and cooling demands on agriculture, livestock, forestry and utilities. The period ended much like it began. On Sunday at 3:00 p.m., Beaufort Marine Corps Air Station observed an air temperature of 100 degrees, calm winds and a heat index value of 121. Temperatures for the period averaged seven degrees above normal.
PRECIPITATION AND TEMPERATURE DATA
The maximum observed temperature was 104 degrees on June 27 at Columbia, Jamestown, Sandhill, Allendale and Orangeburg. The minimum observed temperature was 54 degrees at Hunts Bridge on the morning of June 23. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall was recorded at Hunts Bridge with 0.89 inches ending at 7:00 a.m. on June 23. Statewide rainfall for the period averaged 0.2 inches.
Precipitation Period 1998 Deviation* Temperature Location Total Total From Avg. Maximum Minimum Greer 0.39 32.7 6.1A 97 65 Charlotte, NC 0.00 23.7 2.1A 100 69 Columbia 0.00 28.8 3.1A 104 70 Florence FAA 0.87 29.3 8.0A 103 70 Blackville 1.02 30.0 4.9A 102 63 Augusta, GA 0.00 31.5 7.6 103 69 Beaufort 0.00 31.8 8.2A 100 75 Charleston AP 0.01 34.3 10.5A 99 74 Myrtle Beach 0.00 34.2 10.2A 99 74 *A=Above, B=BelowNote: Weekly rainfall amounts are for the prior 24-hrs ending 7:00 a.m. Monday through ending 7:00 a.m. Sunday
ENERGY DEMAND AND AGRICULTURAL ADVISORY
Degree Days Actual June 1-28 Cooling Heating Columbia 479 0 Charleston 511 0 Greenville 348 3
Temperatures are expected to average above normal for the week.
Rainfall is expected to be near normal.
The Sandhill Research and Education Center in north Columbia reports an average 4-inch depth soil temperature of 88 degrees.
RIVERS AND SURF
Rivers are near to below normal.
Surf temperatures at Myrtle Beach and Savannah will average around 83 degrees.