^M On both Monday and Tuesday a nearly stationary boundary separated the coastal counties with cloudiness and thunderstorms from upstate counties with mostly sunny skies. Thunderstorms developed late in the day on Wednesday in advance of an approaching front and caused wind damage across the central midlands. Scattered thunderstorms again on Thursday evening over produced heavy rain totals across the upstate. The weekend began under slowly clearing skies. High pressure, ridging southward from New England, provided cool mornings and dry, warm afternoons on Saturday and Sunday. Statewide temperatures for the period averaged from near normal upstate to 2 degrees below normal along the coast.PRECIPITATION AND TEMPERATURE DATA
The maximum observed temperature was 97 degrees on July 7 at Johnston and Blackville. The minimum observed temperature was 52 degrees in Calhoun Falls on the morning of July 12. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall was recorded at Woodruff with 3.53" ending at 7:00 a.m. on July 11. Statewide rainfall for the period averaged 0.7 inches. Precipitation Period 1997 Deviation* Temperature Location Total Total From Avg. Maximum Minimum Greer 2.19 29.3 0.3A 91 65 Charlotte, NC 0.00 23.7 0.2A 93 66 Columbia 0.36 21.6 5.8B 94 65 Florence FAA 0.00 22.3 1.6B 94 64 Blackville 1.80 26.7 0.1A 97 65 Augusta, GA 1.18 20.7 5.2B 91 64 Beaufort 0.54 23.4 3.3B 92 69 Charleston 2.33 33.1 6.0A 91 64 Myrtle Beach 0.00 25.5 1.5B 90 65 *A=Above, B=Below Note: Weekly rainfall amounts are for the prior 24-hrs ending 7 am Monday through ending 7 am SundayENERGY DEMAND AND AGRICULTURAL ADVISORY
Degree Days Actual July 1-13 Cooling Heating Columbia 209 0 Charleston 201 0 Greenville 172 0 Temperatures are expected to average near normal for the week. Rainfall is expected to be near normal. The Sandhill Experiment Station in north Columbia reports an average 4-inch depth soil temperature of 88 degrees.RIVERS AND SURF River stages are near to below normal. Surf temperatures at Myrtle Beach and Savannah will average around 83 degrees.