Labor Day Monday, the unofficial end of summer, was hot and sunny. On Wednesday a welcomed change of cooler, drier air entered South Carolina. The clash of differing air masses produced large hail in Lancaster County and damaging high winds across northern and southern midlands counties. Clearing blue skies and much lower humidity allowed the next few morning's temperatures to fall into the 40's and 50's. High temperatures on Thursday and Friday settled into the 80's. Sunny, warmer weather was observed over the weekend. Temperatures for the period averaged one degree below normal.
PRECIPITATION AND TEMPERATURE DATA
The maximum observed temperature was 95 degrees on September 8 at Cades and Jamestown. The minimum observed temperature was 40 degrees at Hunts Bridge on the morning of September 10. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall was recorded at Myrtle Beach with 1.20 inches ending at 7:00 a.m. on September 9. Statewide rainfall for the period averaged 0.2 inches.
Precipitation Period 1998 Deviation* Temperature Location Total Total From Avg. Maximum Minimum Greer 0.41 41.0 3.8A 92 50 Charlotte, NC 0.00 33.4 2.3A 91 46 Columbia 0.00 41.5 2.9A 94 51 Florence FAA 0.00 37.6 3.6A 94 51 Blackville 0.03 42.9 6.4A 94 47 Augusta, GA 0.12 44.6 10.0A 93 50 Beaufort 0.76 43.6 2.2A 94 60 Charleston AP 0.47 49.6 9.0A 93 54 Myrtle Beach 1.20 51.7 12.4A 94 55 *A=Above, B=Below E=EstimateNote: 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
Degree Days Actual September 1-13 Cooling Heating Columbia 148 0 Charleston 161 0 Greenville 126 1Temperatures 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 80 degrees.
RIVERS AND SURF
Rivers are near normal. Surf temperatures at Myrtle Beach and Savannah will average around 79 degrees.