Wet weather, circulating around the remnants of once Tropical Storm Hermine, started the week with heavy flooding rains in Charleston. On Monday over 10 inches was reported at Charleston Airport and over eight inches in the city. Flash flooding caused evacuations, property damage and road closings. Wildfire threats across high elevation sites were temporarily reduced when an estimated one-half inch of rain fell. High pressure replaced the cloudy, rainy conditions with dry, sunny days and cool mornings. This long awaited change of seasonal weather continued through the week with a slow warming trend. By late in the day Sunday, high clouds associated with Hurricane Georges, located near the Mississippi coast, could be seen on the southwest horizon. Temperatures for the period averaged three degrees above normal.
PRECIPITATION AND TEMPERATURE DATA
The maximum observed temperature was 94 degrees on September 22 at Orangeburg and Johnston. The minimum observed temperature was 47 degrees at Cedar Creek on the morning of September 25. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall was recorded at Charleston Airport with 10.52 inches ending at midnight on September 21. Statewide rainfall for the period averaged 0.8 inches.
Precipitation Period 1998 Deviation* Temperature Location Total Total From Avg. Maximum Minimum Greer 0.91 41.9 2.8A 88 57 Charlotte, NC 0.49 33.9 1.2A 87 53 Columbia 0.74 42.3 2.2A 91 55 Florence FAA 0.07 37.6 2.4A 92 54 Blackville 0.08 43.2 5.1A 92 53 Augusta, GA 0.64 45.2 9.7A 90 54 Beaufort 0.30 47.0 4.2A 92 67 Charleston AP 10.52 61.1 18.4A 88 62 Myrtle Beach 0.00 52.6 10.1A 89 60 *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 1-27 Cooling Heating Columbia 307 0 Charleston 338 0 Greenville 254 1Temperatures are expected to average near normal for the week. Rainfall is expected to be near to above normal. The Sandhill Research and Education Center in north Columbia reports an average 4-inch depth soil temperature of 78 degrees.
RIVERS AND SURF
Rivers are near to below normal. Surf temperatures at Myrtle Beach and Savannah will average around 79 degrees.