SOUTH CAROLINA WEATHER AND CLIMATE

September 6 - 12, 2004


WEATHER SUMMARY

Tropical Depression Frances approached South Carolina from Florida on Monday. There were multiple, confirmed tornadoes through Wednesday. Homes were demolished, people were injured. Torrential rains of between five and twelve inches fell over the upstate causing widespread flooding and property damage. Caesars Head measured an event total of 12.17 inches. Most rivers within the state's borders exceeded flood stage. Major flooding was observed along the Black Creek basin near Florence, which required evacuations. Late season farming operations across the midlands and westward suffered heavy losses. Fair weather returned on Thursday with the week's warmest temperatures. On Friday, a cold front arrived and stalled near the coast. Sunny, mild conditions were reported over inland counties Saturday and Sunday while areas near the beach were cloudy with passing thundershowers. For the period, the state average temperature was near normal.

The highest official temperature reported was 92 degrees at Jamestown on September 9. The lowest official temperature reported was 53 degrees at Walhalla on the morning of September 10. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 9.62" at Travelers Rest ending at 7:00 a.m. on September 8. The average statewide rainfall for the period was 3.6.

PRECIPITATION AND TEMPERATURE DATA

                            Precipitation                    
                       Weekly   Jan 1  Deviation     
                        Total   Total   From Avg
         Greer           5.12    31.1       -5.2
      Columbia           3.16    33.6       -3.4          
    Orangeburg           2.15    31.8       -3.8
 Charlotte, NC           3.53    34.1       +3.1 
   Augusta, GA           3.78    33.3       -0.2 
      Florence           2.33    32.3       -1.5           
  Myrtle Beach           1.54    38.8       +5.9 
    Charleston           2.18    34.0       -5.2           
  Savannah, GA  	 2.89    29.6       -8.9 

Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.            
  

SOIL

4 inch depth average soil temperature: Columbia 78 degrees.

RIVERS AND SURF

South Carolina river stages were below normal. Surf temperatures at Myrtle Beach
and Savannah will average around 78 degrees.


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