SOUTH CAROLINA WEATHER AND CLIMATE

June 30 - July 6, 2003


WEATHER SUMMARY

A tropical, humid air mass blanketed the state all week with the lone interruption of the passing of the remnants of once Tropical Storm Bill on Tuesday. Bill, which landfalled along the Gulf Coast, brought flooding rains, isolated wind damage, and at least one confirmed tornado in Hampton County. The state's highest elevations received nearly six inches of rain which caused flash flooding and sharp rises to flood stages on rivers. Lines of heavy rains and thunderstorms continued into Wednesday as the system exited to the northeast. Outside of isolated afternoon thundershowers, most sites enjoyed a sunny and drying holiday weekend. The average statewide temperature for the period was two degrees below normal.

The highest temperature reported was 94 degrees at State Climatology Office on July 4. The lowest temperature was 58 degrees at Caesars Head on the morning of July 3. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 5.58" at Table Rock ending at 7:00 a.m. on July 2. The average statewide rainfall for the period was 2.4.

PRECIPITATION AND TEMPERATURE DATA


                Precipitation                     Temperature
                       Weekly   Jan 1  Deviation      Average  Average
                        Total   Total   From Avg      Maximum  Minimum  Average
         Greer           3.64    37.2       10.3           83       67       75 
      Columbia           1.46    33.6        8.3           87       70       78 
   Augusta, GA           1.71    36.4       12.2           87       71       79 
        Cheraw           2.96    29.6        5.0           86       69       78 
       Chester           2.64    36.4       11.2           84       66       75 
      Johnston           0.23    30.2        3.8           85       67       76 
        Sumter           0.95    32.5        7.0           85       71       78
       Clemson           3.30E   39.9       10.9           84       68       76
      Florence           3.19    28.8        6.9           87       71       79
N Myrtle Beach           0.30    29.9        9.6           85       73       79 
     Allendale           4.53    31.1        5.8           90       69       80 
    Charleston           1.16    28.4        3.7           88       74       81 
      Beaufort           1.51    33.2        9.5           87       74       81 

  

                       

Note: Weekly rainfall amounts are for the 24-hour period ending midnight Sunday.

SOIL

4 inch depth average soil temperature: Columbia 82 degrees.

RIVERS AND SURF

South Carolina river stages were near to above normal.
Surf temperatures at Myrtle Beach and Savannah will average around 80 degrees.


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