An unseasonably cool morning on Monday was followed by sweltering heat into the weekend. Afternoon temperatures in the mid and upper 90's were statewide with several 100 degree plus readings on Thursday, July 20. On Saturday, low pressure approached from the northwest along a frontal boundary and caused damaging thunderstorms across the piedmont and upstate. Both Greenville and Spartanburg counties reported large hail and high winds. Cloudy skies turned into thundershowers Sunday evening with sites over the eastern half of the state measuring heavy rainfall. Statewide temperatures for the period averaged three degrees above normal.
PRECIPITATION AND TEMPERATURE DATA
The maximum observed temperature was 103 degrees at Holly Hill on July 20. The minimum observed temperature was 56 degrees observed at Walhalla on July 17. The heaviest 24-hour rainfall was reported at N. Myrtle Beach with 3.37"on July 23. Statewide average rainfall for the period was XXX".
Precipitation Period 2000 Deviation* Temperature Location Total Total From Avg. Maximum Minimum Greer 0.45 18.7 11.7B 97 NA Columbia 1.22 21.0 8.1B 99 66 Florence 0.88 19.1 6.6B 96 67 Charleston 2.20 24.2 5.1B 98 NA N Myrtle Beach 3.93 23.0 4.2B 91 69 Augusta, Ga. 1.21 19.3 9.0B 101 63*A=Above, B=Below
Note: Weekly rainfall amounts are for the prior 24-hrs ending 7 am Monday through ending 7 am Sunday.
4 inch depth average soil temperature: Columbia 87 degrees.
RIVERS AND SURF
Most South Carolina rivers are well below normal . Surf temperatures at Myrtle Beach and Savannah will average around 85 degrees.