SOUTH CAROLINA WEATHER AND CLIMATE
Sept. 1-7, 1997
During the first half of the week the weather was mostly sunny and hot.
Afternoon high temperatures rose into the mid 90's. Rainfall was limited to
a few isolated thundershowers. Most of the state continued in a dry spell
that has persisted for more than a month. A cold front passed through the
state early Thursday morning. By Friday morning, September 5, several sites
had observed record low temperatures. High pressure remained the weather's
influence throughout the weekend and provided nearly cloudless blue skies and
temperatures peaking in the upper 80's to low 90's. Statewide temperatures
for the period averaged from two to four degrees below normal.
PRECIPITATION AND TEMPERATURE DATA
The maximum observed temperature was 98 degrees on September 3 at
Johnston. The minimum observed temperature was 38 degrees at Cedar Creek on
the morning of the 5th. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall was recorded
at Allendale with 2.00" ending at 7:00 a.m. on September 1. Statewide
rainfall for the period averaged 0.1 inches.
Period 1997 Deviation* Temperature
Location Total Total From Avg. Maximum Minimum
Greer 0.00 34.0 2.4B 92 49
Charlotte, NC 0.00 33.6 3.3A 92 56
Columbia 0.02 29.5 8.3B 94 47
Florence FAA 0.00 34.3 1.0A 92 49
Blackville 0.03 35.0 0.9B 97 48
Augusta, GA 0.38 27.9 5.9B 97 48
Beaufort 0.05 33.9 5.6B 92 60
Charleston 0.16 40.6 1.1A 90 52
Myrtle Beach 0.07 33.5 5.0B 89 51
Note: Weekly rainfall amounts are for the prior 24-hrs ending 7:00 a.m.
Monday through ending 7:00 a.m. Sunday
ENERGY DEMAND AND AGRICULTURAL ADVISORY
Columbia 69 0
Charleston 63 0
Greenville 62 0
Temperatures are expected to average near 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 below normal.
Surf temperatures at Myrtle Beach and Savannah will average around