Hot and humid conditions were observed early in the week. At 1:00 pm on Tuesday, Myrtle Beach reported a heat index value of 111 degrees. Decaying Tropical Depression Cindy affected the state late Wednesday night and Thursday morning with flooding rains. Berea, in Greenville County, measured an event total of 5.20 inches. Pickens, Greenville and Spartanburg Counties all experienced flash flooding. Roads were closed, bridges were damaged, and several evacuations and rescues were necessary. A mostly sunny day was observed on Friday before the outermost rain bands from Florida's Hurricane Dennis began lifting north into coastal South Carolina. Tropical rains on Saturday produced flooding across Berkeley and Charleston Counties. For the period, the state average temperature was one degree below normal.
The highest official temperature reported was 96 degrees at Ft. Moultrie on July 5. The lowest official temperature reported was 55 degrees at Caesars Head on the morning of July 8. The heaviest 24-hour rainfall reported was 4.68 inches at Greer NWS on July 7. The average statewide rainfall for the period was 0.8 inches.
PRECIPITATION AND TEMPERATURE DATA
Precipitation Weekly Jan 1 Deviation Total Total From Avg Greer 4.69 33.5 6.0 Columbia 0.43 22.2 -3.9 Orangeburg 0.14 22.6 -2.9 Charlotte, NC 0.52 24.1 0.9 Augusta, GA 0.50 30.7 5.9 Florence 0.45 22.6 -0.5 Myrtle Beach 0.50 16.0 -5.2 Charleston 1.23 22.5 -3.3 Savannah, GA 0.81 24.7 -0.1 Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.
SOIL:4 inch depth average soil temperature: Columbia 82 degrees.
RIVERS AND SURF: South Carolina river stages were above normal. Surf temperatures at Myrtle Beach and Savannah will average around 84 degrees.