The week began under hot, humid conditions with a haze of smoke from fires burning in eastern Canada. Afternoon convective thunderstorms, although isolated in coverage, were reported on Tuesday through Thursday. Several of the storms produced small hail and wind damage. Daytime high temperatures in the mid to upper 90's did little to alleviate the drying. A cool front dropped southward early Friday morning and brought relief in the form of showers followed by a welcomed temperature fall of around fifteen degrees. Mostly sunny and warming conditions were observed over the weekend. For the period, the state average temperature was one degree below normal.
PRECIPITATION AND TEMPERATURE DATA
The highest temperature reported was 100 degrees at Johnston on July 10. The lowest temperature was 59 degrees at Salem on the morning of July 9. The heaviest 24-hour rainfall reported was 2.25" at Johnston ending at 7:00 a.m. on July 12. The average statewide rainfall for the period was 0.9".
Precipitation Period 2002 Deviation* Temperature Location Total Total From Avg. Maximum Minimum Greer 2.53 19.48 8.6B 94 64 Columbia 1.34 20.87 5.9B 96 65 Florence 1.76 16.63 7.2B 97 63 Charleston 1.73 20.75 5.5B 91 69 N Myrtle Beach 1.79 14.04 7.9B 90 65 Augusta, Ga. 1.98 19.21 6.1B 96 62 A=Above, B=Below
Note: Weekly rainfall amounts are for the 24-hour period ending midnight Sunday.
4 inch depth average soil temperature: Columbia 87 degrees.
RIVERS AND SURF
South Carolina river stages are well below normal.
Surf temperatures at Myrtle Beach and Savannah will average around 84 degrees.