Late summer hot weather was observed through the week with only isolated thundershowers. Temperatures peaked on Wednesday climbing into the mid-90's. On Saturday a cold front dropped southeastward bringing cooler conditions under a drier airmass. Sunny skies, lower humidity and northeast winds during the day on Sunday hinted at the coming change of seasons. For the period the state average temperature was two degrees above normal.
The highest official temperature reported was 95 degrees at Myrtle Beach and Darlington on August 31. The lowest official temperature reported was 57 degrees at Caesars Head on the morning of September 4. The heaviest 24-hour rainfall reported was 1.43 inches at Caesars Head on August 30. The average statewide rainfall for the period was 0.2 inches.
PRECIPITATION AND TEMPERATURE DATA
Precipitation Weekly Jan 1 Deviation Total Total From Avg Greer 0.30 40.3 5.0 Columbia 0.15 36.6 0.7 Orangeburg 0.05 30.6 -4.8 Charlotte, NC 0.08 28.6 -1.4 Augusta, GA 0.35 37.6 5.0 Florence 0.02 33.1 0.5 Myrtle Beach 0.00 21.5 -9.8 Charleston 0.00 33.2 -4.3 Savannah, GA 0.72 33.1 -3.9 Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.
SOIL: 4-inch depth average soil temperature: Columbia 79 degrees.
RIVERS AND SURF: South Carolina river stages were below normal. Surf temperatures at Myrtle Beach and Savannah will average around 77 degrees.