The week began under sunny skies and a warm 90 degree afternoon. On Tuesday, a significant change in the weather developed as low pressure offshore tracked west into the Carolinas. Clouds reduced sunshine heating with afternoon temperatures peaking in the 80's for most of the week. With the area of low pressure eventually taking a position in Georgia over the weekend, South Carolina remained in a moist, tropical surface flow. Drenching rains were observed from the coast to the mountains. Statewide temperatures for the period averaged near normal.
PRECIPITATION AND TEMPERATURE DATA
The maximum observed temperature was 93 degrees at Greer on August 28 and at Orangeburg on September 1. The minimum observed temperature was unavailable. The heaviest 24-hour rainfall was reported by the State Climatology Office in downtown Columbia with 3.20" on September 2. Statewide average rainfall for the period was 1.4".
Precipitation Period 2000 Deviation* Temperature Location Total Total From Avg. Maximum Minimum Greer 1.69 26.2 9.7B 93 71 Columbia 2.49 27.3 9.9B 90 68 Florence 0.99 27.9 4.7B NA NA Charleston 2.60 34.1 4.3B 89 69 N Myrtle Beach 5.75 37.7 2.5A NA NA Augusta, Ga. 0.42 27.1 6.2B 91 68*A=Above, B=Below
Note: Weekly rainfall amounts are for the prior 24-hrs ending 7 am Monday through ending 7 am Sunday.
4 inch depth average soil temperature: Columbia 80 degrees.
RIVERS AND SURF
South Carolina rivers stages are rising. Surf temperatures at Myrtle Beach and Savannah will average around 80 degrees.