July 17 - July 23, 2006


Daily afternoon temperatures climbed from the middle 90's Monday to near 100 degrees on Wednesday. Southeast surface winds on Thursday brought relief in the form of scattered rain storms and welcomed cooler conditions. Slow moving thundershowers provided a few locations across the Pee Dee with one-inch rains. Afternoon storms on Friday damaged property southeast of Eutawville in Orangeburg County by winds estimated at 75 mph by a weather service storm survey team. A weak boundary of cooler air dropped southeast during the weekend only to become somewhat stationary over the state. Passing showers and widely scattered thunderstorms were observed Saturday afternoon through Sunday night. Rainfall amounts of between one and two inches fell within the heaviest storm paths. For the period, the state average temperature was two degrees above normal.

The highest official temperature reported was 101 degrees at Givhans and Owens AP in Columbia on July 19. The lowest official temperature reported was 65 degrees at Walhalla on the morning of July 18. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 2.95 inches at Lake Bowen ending at 7:00 AM on July 23. The average statewide rainfall for the period was 0.9 inches.


                       Weekly   Jan 1  Deviation     
                        Total   Total   From Avg
         Greer           1.71   18.13    -11.3
      Columbia           0.88   18.84     -9.5 
    Orangeburg           1.33   19.68     -8.7 
 Charlotte, NC           2.88   20.33     -4.5             	
   Augusta, GA           0.33   20.68     -5.8  
      Florence           1.67   26.06      0.7
  Myrtle Beach           0.63   23.08     -0.4
    Charleston           0.00   25.37     -2.7     
  Savannah, GA           0.01   16.44    -10.9

Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.  

SOIL: 4-inch depth average soil temperature: Columbia 84 degrees.

RIVERS AND SURF: South Carolina river stages were below normal. Ocean water temperatures near Myrtle Beach and Fripp Inlet will average from 83 to 84 degrees.