Several record morning lows were set Monday morning with the mercury falling into the 40's. Sunny skies followed as cool high pressure held across the state into Wednesday. A return of more easterly winds on Friday helped showers develop along coastal sites and high elevations upstate. Central locations reported only light amounts. Fog greeted early risers on Friday as warm moist air spread over cooler grounds. Although Fall officially began Saturday evening the week ended with afternoon temperatures rising to near 90 degrees. Statewide temperatures for the period averaged near normal.
PRECIPITATION AND TEMPERATURE DATA
The highest temperature was 95 degrees at Johnston September 22. The lowest temperature was 42 degrees at Kershaw on the morning of September 18. The heaviest 24-hour rainfall reported was 1.82" at Caesars Head ending at 7:00 a.m. on September 20 and at Hartsville ending at 7:00 a.m on September 21. The average statewide rainfall for the period was 0.3."
Precipitation Period 2001 Deviation* Temperature Location Total Total From Avg. Maximum Minimum Greer 0.84 31.51 7.0B 86 50 Columbia 0.63 26.34 14.0B 89 46 Florence 0.04 28.26 6.7B 89 49 Charleston 0.27 36.35 5.8B 88 54 N Myrtle Beach 0.54 35.32 3.9B 85 52 Augusta, Ga. 0.22 31.08 4.2B 90 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 76 degrees.
RIVERS AND SURF
South Carolina river stages were below normal.
Surf temperatures at Myrtle Beach and Savannah will average around 75 degrees.