Hot, sunny weather was observed on both Monday and Tuesday with afternoon high temperatures at or near 100 degrees. Shifting winds on Wednesday started a pattern of afternoon thundershowers more typical of summer. With the increase in clouds and southeast winds from the ocean, these combined to reduce the heat by around ten degrees. Scattered showers on Wednesday continued into the weekend. On Thursday, slow moving storms produced very heavy rains of between two and four inches across upstate counties. Hot weather returned on Sunday with high temperatures reported back in the mid to upper 90's. For the period, the state average temperature was two degrees above normal.
PRECIPITATION AND TEMPERATURE DATA
The highest temperature reported was 103 degrees at Johnston on August 18. The lowest temperature reported was 55 degrees at Johnston on the morning of August 12. The heaviest 24-hour rainfall reported was 5.71" at Lake Bowen ending at 7:00 a.m. on August 16. The average statewide rainfall for the period was 0.8."
Precipitation Period 2002 Deviation* Temperature Location Total Total From Avg. Maximum Minimum Greer 3.62 24.49 8.6B 95 68 Columbia 1.34 24.24 8.8B 97 67 Florence 0.57 19.41 10.6B 97 66 Charleston 0.61 27.12 6.5B 92 66 N Myrtle Beach 0.90 18.28 9.8B 92 65 Augusta, Ga. 0.40 21.73 8.4B 99 61 A=Above, B=Below
Note: Weekly rainfall amounts are for the 24-hour period ending midnight Sunday.
4 inch depth average soil temperature: Columbia 88 degrees.
RIVERS AND SURF
South Carolina river stages are well below normal.
Surf temperatures at Myrtle Beach and Savannah will average around 85 degrees.