Most of South Carolina observed drying. hot weather with afternoon high temperatures in the mid to upper 90's Monday through Thursday. A few isolated thunderstorms occurred during that period and amounts were generally less than an inch. High winds with scattered light damage was reported before sunrise on Thursday as a storm system edged across the northern most counties. On Friday , Saturday and Sunday more storms rotated southeastward over north coastal counties with brief, heavy downpours and frequent lightning. Clarendon County was hit by golf ball sized hail on Friday during a strong thunderstorm. Cooler and less humid air followed from west to east with mid to upper 80 degree temperatures on Sunday. Statewide temperatures for the period averaged two degrees above normal.
PRECIPITATION AND TEMPERATURE DATA
The maximum observed temperature was 99 degrees at State Climatology Office in downtown Columbia on August 9. The minimum observed temperature was 54 degrees at Lake Bowen on August 13. The heaviest 24-hour rainfall was reported at Darlington with 1.32" ending at 7:00 a.m. on August 8. Statewide average rainfall for the period was 0.5".
Precipitation Temperature Period 2000 Deviation* Location Total Total From Avg. Maximum Minimum Greer 0.52 24.1 9.2B 96 65 Columbia 0.01 24.0 9.3B 97 69 Florence 0.66 22.6 6.7B 96 65 Charleston 1.90 30.1 4.1B 95 68 N Myrtle Beach 1.18 29.9 1.5B 89 NA Augusta, Ga. 0.14 24.8 5.6B 97 63 *A=Above, B=Below*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 84 degrees.
RIVERS AND SURF
South Carolina rivers stages are below normal. Surf temperatures at Myrtle Beach and Savannah will average around 83 degrees.