SOUTH CAROLINA WEATHER AND CLIMATE
August 25-31, 1997
Mostly sunny weather with cool mornings began the week. The absence of
rain became more visible in the form of withered, non-irrigated plant life.
Small trees with shallow roots were showing stress. Afternoon temperatures
during mid-week climbed back into the mid and upper 90's. Over the Labor
Day Holiday weekend, scattered thundershowers and storms developed almost
entirely east of the North Augusta, Columbia, Florence corridor. Columbia's
rainfall for August 1997 of 0.22" was the driest of record going back 125
years. Preliminary rankings for the state indicated this was the fourth
driest of record. Statewide temperatures for the period averaged one degree
above normal over the midlands and upstate to one degree below normal along
PRECIPITATION AND TEMPERATURE DATA
The maximum observed temperature was 100 degrees on August 29 at
Johnston. The minimum observed temperature was 50 degrees at Cedar Creek on
the morning of the 26th. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall was recorded
at Blackville with 2.22" ending at 7:00 a.m. on August 31. Statewide
rainfall for the period averaged 0.2 inches.
Period 1997 Deviation* Temperature
Location Total Total From Avg. Maximum Minimum
Greer 0.16 34.0 1.5B 93 60
Charlotte, NC 0.31 33.6 4.1A 93 64
Columbia 0.06 29.5 7.3B 97 56
Florence FAA 1.62 34.3 2.1A 95 60
Blackville 2.22 35.0 0.2B 97 57
Augusta, GA 0.27 27.5 5.5B 94 56
Beaufort 0.03 33.8 4.5B 94 67
Charleston 0.84 40.4 2.2A 94 60
Myrtle Beach 0.00 33.4 4.0B 94 62
Note: Weekly rainfall amounts are for the prior 24-hrs ending 7 am Monday
through ending 7 am Sunday
ENERGY DEMAND AND AGRICULTURAL ADVISORY
Columbia 451 0
Charleston 454 0
Greenville 369 0
Temperatures are expected to average near to below normal for the week.
Rainfall is expected to be near normal.
The Sandhill Research and Education Center in north Columbia reports an
average 4-inch depth soil temperature of 83 degrees.
RIVERS AND SURF
River stages are near to below normal.
Surf temperatures at Myrtle Beach and Savannah will average around 80