Excessive heat and the continuing lack of rain prompted the Department of Natural Resources to declare an Incipient Drought on July 1. In addition, the South Carolina Forestry Commission banned all outdoor burning until further notice. The threat of failure to unirrigated crops rose even higher. A few isolated thunderstorms were reported through the week, but fell way short of general relief. Some moderation to the 100 degree heat occurred over the July 4th holiday weekend. Cooler, onshore winds on Sunday helped develop thunderstorms across coastal counties. Temperatures for the period averaged six degrees above normal.
PRECIPITATION AND TEMPERATURE DATA
The maximum observed temperature was 106 degrees on June 29 at Allendale. The minimum observed temperature was 58 degrees at Hunts Bridge on the morning of July 1. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall was recorded at Summerville with 1.30 inches ending at 7:00 a.m. on July 5. Statewide rainfall for the period averaged 0.2 inches.
Precipitation Period 1998 Deviation* Temperature Location Total Total From Avg. Maximum Minimum Greer 0.21 32.9 5.1A 97 67 Charlotte, NC 0.29 24.2 1.7A 98 65 Columbia 0.13 27.9 2.0A 102 69 Florence FAA 0.39 29.6 7.2A 100 71 Blackville 0.31 30.3 4.0A 104 66 Augusta, GA 0.00 31.5 6.6A 103 67 Beaufort 0.77 32.6 7.5A 101 72 Charleston AP 1.10 35.4 10.1A 100 72 Myrtle Beach 0.00 34.2 10.2A 99 74 *A=Above, B=Below
Note: 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 July 1-5 Cooling Heating Columbia 98 0 Charleston 100 0 Greenville 77 0Temperatures are expected to near to 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.