The week began with early morning temperatures falling into the 60's. Days were sunny and dry. A tropical feature developed over the southeast Florida waters Tuesday and combined with high pressure over New England to produce increasing northeast winds over South Carolina. Tropical Storm Ophelia formed on Wednesday morning. A few of the outermost rain bands brushed counties bordering the coast. By the weekend Ophelia was alternating her strength between being a minimal hurricane and a tropical storm. On Sunday the circulation center was positioned nearly 250 miles southeast of Charleston with little movement. Gusting winds up to 33 mph at Myrtle Beach were forcing large breakers along the beaches. For the period the state average temperature was one degree below normal.
The highest official temperature reported was 93 degrees at Pageland on September 8 and at Orangeburg on September 10. The lowest official temperature reported was 52 degrees at Caesars Head on the morning of September 7 and at Chester on September 9. The heaviest 24-hour rainfall reported was 0.96 inches at Ft. Moultrie ending at 7:00 AM on September 7. The average statewide rainfall for the period was 0.0 inches.
PRECIPITATION AND TEMPERATURE DATA
Precipitation Weekly Jan 1 Deviation Total Total From Avg Greer 0.00 40.3 4.1 Columbia 0.00 36.6 -0.2 Orangeburg 0.00 30.6 -6.0 Charlotte, NC 0.00 28.6 -2.3 Augusta, GA 0.00 37.6 4.2 Florence 0.00 33.1 -0.5 Myrtle Beach 0.00 21.5 -11.2 Charleston 0.03 33.2 -5.8 Savannah, GA 0.00 33.1 -5.3 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.