Fair weather started the week with sunny conditions and afternoon high temperatures in the mid to upper 80's. A weak frontal boundary passed early Tuesday morning with scattered showers. A much stronger cold front approached on Wednesday from the north with brisk winds and falling temperatures. Tropical Storm Gabrielle located over central Florida extended a veil of overcast skies across coastal and central sections Thursday and into Saturday before passing well east and offshore of the Palmetto State. Early morning low temperatures in the 40's and lower 50's on Saturday and Sunday reminded citizens that Autumn is nearing. Statewide temperatures for the period averaged two degrees below normal.
PRECIPITATION AND TEMPERATURE DATA
The highest temperature was 90 degrees at State Climatology Office in downtown Columbia on September 10. The lowest temperature was 42 degrees at Lake Bowen on the morning of September 16. The heaviest 24-hour rainfall reported was 1.10" at Hemingway ending at 7:00 a.m. on September 12. The average statewide rainfall for the period was 0.3."
Precipitation Period 2001 Deviation* Temperature Location Total Total From Avg. Maximum Minimum Greer 0.07 30.67 6.9B 83 50 Columbia 0.01 25.08 13.8B 89 53 Florence 0.09 28.22 6.0B 89 53 Charleston 0.05 36.08 5.0B 88 57 N Myrtle Beach 0.31 34.78 3.1B 85 56 Augusta, Ga. 1.43 30.86 3.8B 89 49 *A=Above, B=Below
Note: Weekly rainfall amounts are for the prior 24-hrs ending 7 am Monday through ending 7 am Sunday.
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 79 degrees.