Blistering, mid-summer heat was in full swing throughout the week. Several late afternoon convective storms were reported but were few and far between. A small and brief tornado was confirmed in Charleston County on Tuesday producing light damage. One hundred degree heat was noted Tuesday into the weekend. Saturday felt more like the desert as temperatures climbed into the lower 100's behind gusting westerly winds of over thirty miles per hour. Open pan evaporation on Saturday exceeded one half inch. A weak boundary dropped south across the state Saturday into Sunday causing isolated, heavy thunderstorms, high winds and reports of hail. For the period, the state average temperature was four degrees above normal.
PRECIPITATION AND TEMPERATURE DATA
The highest temperature reported was 105 degrees at USC in Columbia on July 18, Cades on July 19 and Conway on July 20. The lowest temperature was 62 degrees at Caesars Head on the morning of July 16. The heaviest 24-hour rainfall reported was 2.50" at Charleston AP on July 15. The average statewide rainfall for the period was 0.4"
Precipitation Period 2002 Deviation* Temperature Location Total Total From Avg. Maximum Minimum Greer 0.00 19.48 9.7B 94 70 Columbia 0.00 20.87 7.1B 102 73 Florence 0.00 16.63 8.3B 100 69 Charleston 2.50 23.25 4.4B 100 73 N Myrtle Beach 0.08 14.12 9.0B 93 73 Augusta, Ga. 0.00 19.21 7.0B 100 69 A=Above, B=Below
Note: Weekly rainfall amounts are for the 24-hour period ending midnight Sunday.
4 inch depth average soil temperature: Columbia 88 degrees.
RIVERS AND SURF
South Carolina river stages are well below normal.
Surf temperatures at Myrtle Beach and Savannah will average around 84 degrees.