Humid, mid-90 degree days were observed Monday through Wednesday. A cloudburst thunderstorm, Wednesday afternoon near Batesburg, resulted in flash flooding and road closures. Tropical Storm Ernesto approached the South Carolina coast on Thursday after exiting Florida's central coast. Ernesto passed approximately 75 miles east and offshore of the Grand Strand beaches with blowing, heavy rains. Bands of intense rain between Charleston County northward to Horry County resulted in localized street flooding. Myrtle Beach AP recorded a peak wind gust of 46 mph. Clouds and a few light showers lingered across the Pee Dee into Friday. Bright, sunny weather and warm temperatures helped improve conditions for the customary end of summer, Labor Day weekend. For the period, the state average temperature was two degrees above normal.
The highest official temperature reported was 99 degrees at Darlington on August 29. The lowest official temperature reported was 60 degrees at Chester on the morning of September 2. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 7.12 inches at N. Myrtle Beach on August 31. The average statewide rainfall for the period was 2.0 inches.
PRECIPITATION AND TEMPERATURE DATA
Precipitation Weekly Jan 1 Deviation Total Total From Avg Greer 2.24 25.69 -9.4 Columbia 1.45 28.87 -6.8 Orangeburg 0.97 27.30 -8.5 Charlotte, NC 1.63 27.57 -2.3 Augusta, GA 1.45 28.58 -3.8 Florence 0.64 33.34 0.8 Myrtle Beach 7.22 36.35 5.3 Charleston 2.61 36.09 -1.2 Savannah, GA 1.85 24.63 -12.2 Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.
SOIL: 4-inch depth average soil temperature: Columbia 82 degrees.
RIVERS AND SURF: South Carolina river stages were near to below normal. Ocean water temperatures at Myrtle Beach and Fripp Inlet were reported from 81 to 83 degrees.