Tropical conditions dominated the period with daily afternoon and evening thunderstorms. High temperatures were held near or below normal by the increased clouds and showers. Slow moving downpours produced widespread and generous amounts of rain with several sites across the western midlands measuring around four inches of rain for the week. Southerly winds shifted more southwest over the weekend and temperatures began to rise. On Sunday, hot and humid, mid-90 degree heat had returned. Statewide temperatures for the period averaged two degrees below normal.
PRECIPITATION AND TEMPERATURE DATA
The maximum observed temperature was 96 degrees at Pee Dee on August 6. The minimum observed temperature was 62 degrees at Salem and Hunts Bridge on August 5. The heaviest 24-hour rainfall was reported at Aiken with 3.60" ending at 7:00 a.m. on August 2. Statewide average rainfall for the period was 1.5".
Precipitation Period 2000 Deviation* Temperature Location Total Total From Avg. Maximum Minimum Greer 0.33 23.6 8.8B 91 68 Columbia 2.25 24.0 8.5B 95 70 Florence 0.80 21.9 6.2B 93 67 Charleston 1.01 28.2 4.2B 92 72 N Myrtle Beach 2.02 28.7 1.3B 87 71 Augusta, Ga. 5.38 24.7 4.7B 93 70*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 86 degrees.
RIVERS AND SURF
South Carolina rivers stages are below normal. Surf temperatures at Myrtle Beach and Savannah will average around 85 degrees.