Afternoon thunderstorms on Labor Day Monday produced scattered reports of hail and high winds. Early Tuesday morning, Myrtle Beach measured nearly four inches of flooding rains. With the exception of north coastal counties most sites observed dry days and mid-90 degree heat through Thursday. A cold front edged closer late Thursday with a few thundershowers, but the coverage was just not enough to alleviate the statewide dry conditions. Sunny, cooler weather continued through the weekend. Statewide temperatures for the period averaged two degrees above normal.
PRECIPITATION AND TEMPERATURE DATA
The maximum observed temperature was 105 degrees on September 6 at Johnston. The minimum observed temperature was 47 degrees at Walhalla on the morning of September 11. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall was recorded at Myrtle Beach with 3.80" ending at 7:00 a.m. on September 7. Statewide rainfall for the period averaged 0.4 inches.
Precipitation Period 1999 Deviation* Temperature Location Total Total From Avg. Maximum Minimum Greer 0.34 22.2 14.9B 94 56 Charlotte, NC 0.25 23.0 8.0B 91 53 Columbia 0.08 22.5 16.0B 97 55 Florence FAA 0.81 25.7 8.2B 92 55 Blackville 0.32 29.0 7.5B 103 52 Augusta, GA 1.13 27.5 6.7B 101 55 Beaufort 0.00 35.3 4.9B 93 67 Charleston 0.07 25.2 15.3B 93 59 Myrtle Beach 4.10 31.8 7.3B 87 na*A=Above, B=Below
ENERGY DEMAND AND AGRICULTURAL ADVISORY
Degree Days Actual September 1-12 Cooling Heating Columbia 159 0 Charleston 169 0 Greenville 148 0The Columbia Airport reports an average 4-inch depth soil temperature of 82 degrees.
RIVERS AND SURF
Rivers are below normal. Surf temperatures at Myrtle Beach and Savannah will average around 80 degrees.