SOUTH CAROLINA WEATHER AND CLIMATE

August 30 - September 5, 2004


WEATHER SUMMARY

The heavy rains associated with an exiting tropical feature resulted in several rivers and creeks across eastern South Carolina exceeding flood stage. Hot and humid conditions were observed Monday through Thursday. Daily afternoon thunderstorms caused additional and localized flash flooding. A cold front entered the state on Friday with temperatures dropping back into the lower 80's. On both Saturday and Sunday, brisk northeast winds between high pressure positioned near New England and Hurricane Frances, located along Florida's east coast, reminded those out of doors that Fall was only weeks away. For the period, the state average temperature was one degree above normal.

The highest official temperature reported was 94 degrees at Cheraw and Johnston on August 30. The lowest official temperature reported was 62 degrees at Caesars Head on the morning of September 1. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 2.74" at Hartsville ending at 7:00 a.m. on August 31. The average statewide rainfall for the period was 0.7.

PRECIPITATION AND TEMPERATURE DATA


                            Precipitation                    
                       Weekly   Jan 1  Deviation     
                        Total   Total   From Avg
         Greer           0.15    25.7       -9.6
      Columbia           0.15    30.4       -5.6          
    Orangeburg           0.00    29.6       -5.3
 Charlotte, NC           0.08    30.6        0.0 
   Augusta, GA           1.11    29.6       -3.1 
      Florence           2.65    30.0       -2.9           
  Myrtle Beach           2.00    37.7       +6.1 
    Charleston           0.65    31.8       -5.4           
  Savannah, GA  	        0.49    27.2       -9.6 

Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.              

SOIL

4 inch depth average soil temperature: Columbia 80 degrees.

RIVERS AND SURF

South Carolina river stages were below normal. Surf temperatures at Myrtle Beach
and Savannah will average around 79 degrees.


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