Thanks to a stalled frontal boundary positioned across South Carolina cloudy, cool, wet weather persisted through the work week. On Tuesday, daytime high temperatures only managed to climb into the upper 60's and low 70's. Several sites from the Piedmont eastward to the coast received between two and four inches of rain. Over the weekend breaks in the cloudiness allowed for warmer afternoons and widely scattered late afternoon and evening thunderstorms. Statewide temperatures for the period averaged six degrees below normal.
PRECIPITATION AND TEMPERATURE DATA
The maximum observed temperature was 97 degrees on July 18 at Cheraw. The minimum observed temperature was 54 degrees at Caesars Head on the morning of July 13. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall was recorded at N. Myrtle Beach with 1.60" ending at 7:00 a.m. on July 14. Statewide rainfall for the period averaged 1.2 inches.
Precipitation Period 1999 Deviation* Temperature Location Total Total From Avg. Maximum Minimum Greer 0.25 20.9 8.8B 90 60 Charlotte, NC NA 19.3 4.9B NA NA Columbia 0.37 20.5 7.7B 91 63 Florence FAA 0.84 22.4 2.5B 88 63 Blackville 3.98 27.2 1.2B 86 59 Augusta, GA NA 24.1 2.5B NA NA Beaufort 3.23 33.4 5.7A 90 71 Charleston 1.30 21.0 7.2B 89 68 Myrtle Beach 4.25 23.4 4.5B NA 67 *A=Above, B=BelowNote: Weekly rainfall amounts are for the prior 24-hrs ending 7 am Monday through ending 7 am Sunday
ENERGY DEMAND AND AGRICULTURAL ADVISORY
Degree Days Actual July 1-18 Cooling Heating Columbia 254 0 Charleston NA 0 Greenville 212 0The Columbia Airport reports an average 4-inch depth soil temperature of 81 degrees.
RIVERS AND SURF
Most river stages are near normal. Surf temperatures at Myrtle Beach and Savannah will average around 82 degrees.