Sunny, hot weather continued through the work week. Widely scattered showers and storms were reported on Wednesday. Afternoon high temperatures peaked mid-week in the low 100's. A welcomed wind shift over the weekend dropped afternoon highs back closer to normal. Surface winds blowing in from the Atlantic also aided in the development of afternoon thunderstorms across coastal counties. Drought conditions outside of the high elevation sites and near beach counties continued to worsen. Temperatures for the period averaged four degrees above normal.
PRECIPITATION AND TEMPERATURE DATA
The maximum observed temperature was 105 degrees on July 9 at Allendale. The minimum observed temperature was 60 degrees at Hunts Bridge on the morning of July 12. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall was recorded at Beaufort with 1.59 inches ending at 7:00 a.m. on July 12. Statewide rainfall for the period averaged 0.5 inches.
Precipitation Period 1998 Deviation* Temperature Location Total Total From Avg. Maximum Minimum Greer 0.00 32.9 4.1A 95 70 Charlotte, NC 0.01 24.2 0.8A NA NA Columbia 0.62 28.6 1.4A 101 70 Florence FAA 0.00 29.6 6.7A 98 69 Blackville 0.03 30.3 3.0A 100 68 Augusta, GA 0.00 31.5 5.7A NA NA Beaufort 1.59 34.2 7.7A 98 75 Charleston AP 1.45 36.8 10.0A 96 72 Myrtle Beach 0.65 35.3 8.5A 90 70 *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 July 1-12 Cooling Heating Columbia 240 0 Charleston NA 0 Greenville 199 0Temperatures are expected to near 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 85 degrees.
RIVERS AND SURF
Rivers are below normal. Surf temperatures at Myrtle Beach and Savannah will average around 82 degrees.