Dry and seasonal continental high pressure covered the state through most of the week. Morning low temperatures of between 50 and 60 degrees were observed. The first official day of Autumn 2004 began mid-day on Wednesday, September 22. A slow warming trend followed on Thursday. Afternoon high temperatures rose into the mid to upper 80's. On Sunday morning, the cloud canopy from central Florida's Hurricane Jeanne was moving into the state's coastal counties. By late evening, east winds were increasing along with bands of passing showers. For the period, the state average temperature was two degrees below normal.
The highest official temperature reported was 92 degrees at Orangeburg on September 24. The lowest official temperature reported was 49 degrees at Long Creek on the morning of September 20. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 0.49" at Charleston AP on September 26. The average statewide rainfall for the period was 0.1.”
PRECIPITATION AND TEMPERATURE DATA
Precipitation Weekly Jan 1 Deviation Total Total From Avg Greer 0.00 32.8 -4.4 Columbia 0.00 35.7 -3.0 Orangeburg 0.06 32.2 -5.1 Charlotte, NC 0.00 35.3 +2.4 Augusta, GA 0.03 33.8 -1.3 Florence 0.01 32.8 -2.6 Myrtle Beach 0.17 40.1 +4.5 Charleston 0.49 34.8 -7.2 Savannah, GA 0.43 30.8 -10.0 Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.
4 inch depth average soil temperature: Columbia 75 degrees.
RIVERS AND SURF
South Carolina river stages were below normal. Surf temperatures at Myrtle Beach
and Savannah will average around 73 degrees.