Scattered thunderstorms, some with very heavy rains, were reported across the upstate on Monday. Afternoon storms, although isolated in coverage, followed into mid-week over eastern sections. Daytime high temperatures topped out in the low to mid 90's. Slow moving Hurricane Dennis approached the South Carolina coast from the south on Friday with storm warnings. The category two hurricane stayed just far enough offshore in its passing to minimize damage. On Sunday, stinging rains and winds gusting 40 to 50 mph were observed over the north coastal counties. Statewide temperatures for the period averaged two degrees above normal.
PRECIPITATION AND TEMPERATURE DATA
The maximum observed temperature was 96 degrees on August 25 at Jamestown. The minimum observed temperature was 61 degrees at Caesars Head on the morning of August 24. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall was recorded at Lake Bowen with 4.09" ending at 7:00 a.m. on August 24. Statewide rainfall for the period averaged 1.2 inches.
Precipitation Period 1999 Deviation* Temperature Location Total Total From Avg. Maximum Minimum Greer 0.61 21.7 13.5B 91 67 Charlotte, NC 0.80 22.0 7.3B 90 66 Columbia 0.05 22.1 14.2B 94 70 Florence FAA NA NA NA 92 67 Blackville 0.95 28.7 6.2B 94 64 Augusta, GA 0.46 26.4 6.3B 94 69 Beaufort 0.56 35.1 2.6B 94 72 Charleston 0.99 25.2 12.7B 92 73 Myrtle Beach 0.67 25.7 11.2B 88 70*A=Above, B=Below
Note: Weekly rainfall amounts are for the prior 24-hrs ending 7 am Monday through ending 7 am Sunday
ENERGY DEMAND AND AGRICULTURAL ADVISORY
Degree Days Actual August 1-29 Cooling Heating Columbia 557 0 Charleston NA 0 Greenville 487 0The Columbia Airport reports an average 4-inch depth soil temperature of 85 degrees.
RIVERS AND SURF
Rivers are below normal. Surf temperatures at Myrtle Beach and Savannah will average around 83 degrees.