High temperatures on Monday were close to fifteen degrees above normal. Easterly winds late Tuesday forced the development of a few isolated showers across the Pee Dee sections. The first official day of Autumn 2005 began on Thursday under conditions more like mid-summer. More cloudiness over the weekend brought periods of shade and a decrease in the heat. Spotty thundershowers fell during the late afternoon and evening hours. Nearing month's end finds most of the state into week four with no measurable rain. For the period, the state average temperature was seven degrees above normal.
The highest official temperature reported was 98 degrees at the University of South Carolina in Columbia on September 19. The lowest official temperature reported was 60 degrees at Pickens on the morning of September 25. The heaviest 24-hour rainfall reported was 1.16 inches at Bennettsville ending at 7:00 a.m. on September 21. The average statewide rainfall for the period was 0.1 inches.
PRECIPITATION AND TEMPERATURE DATA
Precipitation Weekly Jan 1 Deviation Total Total From Avg Greer 0.00 40.3 2.2 Columbia 0.00 36.6 -2.0 Orangeburg 0.04 30.8 -7.7 Charlotte, NC 0.06 28.7 -4.0 Augusta, GA 0.00 37.6 2.5 Florence 0.00 33.1 -2.1 Myrtle Beach 0.01 27.8 -7.5 Charleston 0.11 33.6 -8.2 Savannah, GA 0.02 33.4 -7.2 Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.
SOIL: 4-inch depth average soil temperature: Columbia 82 degrees.
RIVERS AND SURF: South Carolina river stages were below normal. Surf temperatures at Myrtle Beach and Savannah will average around 79 degrees.