Sunny weather followed early morning clouds and fog on Monday. Daily high temperatures increased daily peaking on Wednesday with high readings in the mid and upper 90's. Scattered thunderstorms were observed during the period. A frontal boundary positioned across the state over the weekend. Tropical moisture on southerly winds combined with afternoon heating to provide widespread rainfall in the form of showers and thunderstorms. Spartanburg County reported damaging flash flooding late Friday night into early Saturday morning. Afternoon high temperatures were held down by the overcast skies. Records indicate that the state's weekly rain totals were the most since the third week in February. Temperatures for the period averaged one degree above normal.
PRECIPITATION AND TEMPERATURE DATA
The maximum observed temperature was 98 degrees on August 12 at Charleston City. The minimum observed temperature was 58 degrees at Hunts Bridge on the morning of August 11. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall was recorded at Camden with 5.13 inches ending at 7:00 a.m. on August 16. Statewide rainfall for the period averaged 2.3 inches.
Precipitation Period 1998 Deviation* Temperature Location Total Total From Avg. Maximum Minimum Greer 1.51 38.3 4.6A 90 68 Charlotte, NC 1.94 30.3 2.6A 87 67 Columbia 1.32 36.2 2.3A 95 72 Florence FAA 0.79 34.6 4.8A 95 70 Blackville 0.98 36.8 3.9A 96 66 Augusta, GA 2.07 36.3 5.5A 95 69 Beaufort 1.57 40.6 6.2A 97 75 Charleston AP 2.62 45.7 10.9A 94 72 Myrtle Beach 0.22 44.5 10.5A 90 67 *A=Above, B=Below E=EstimateNote: Weekly rainfall amounts are for the prior 24-hrs ending 7:00 a.m. Monday through ending 7:00 a.m. Sunday
ENERGY DEMAND AND AGRICULTURAL ADVISORY
Degree Days Actual August 1-16 Cooling Heating Columbia 245 0 Charleston 247 0 Greenville 200 0Temperatures are expected to average near normal for the week. Rainfall is expected to be near normal.
RIVERS AND SURF
Rivers are near normal.
Surf temperatures at Myrtle Beach and Savannah will average around 82 degrees.