Southeastward moving late afternoon thunderstorms were observed Monday through Thursday. Several locations received rainfall amounts greater than two inches. Maximum temperatures during the period were in the mid and upper 90's. A sharp change occurred on Friday with the approach of a cold front. At 3:00 PM, Darlington reported 81 degrees and northeast winds. Soaking rains developed on the slow moving boundary Saturday and continued for most of the day. Sunday dawned under a cooling air mass and temperatures in the 60's. High temperatures warmed into the 80's. For the period, the state average temperature was near normal.
The highest official temperature reported was 100 degrees at Johnston on August 10. The lowest official temperature reported was 56 degrees at Caesars Head on the morning of August 13. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 3.01 inches at Cheraw ending at 7:00 AM on August 10. The average statewide rainfall for the period was 1.5 inches.
PRECIPITATION AND TEMPERATURE DATA
Precipitation Weekly Jan 1 Deviation Total Total From Avg Greer 1.56 20.42 -12.0 Columbia 0.95 22.55 -9.6 Orangeburg 2.32 25.08 -7.0 Charlotte, NC 2.82 23.70 -3.6 Augusta, GA 1.09 23.02 -6.3 Florence 3.79 31.32 2.2 Myrtle Beach 0.44 25.64 -1.6 Charleston 1.35 28.47 -4.0 Savannah, GA 1.10 20.56 -11.4 Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.
SOIL: 4-inch depth average soil temperature: Columbia 83 degrees.
RIVERS AND SURF: South Carolina river stages were near to below normal. Ocean water temperatures near Myrtle Beach and Fripp Inlet will average from 82 to 83 degrees.