The last week of September started under cloudy skies and trace amounts of rain from passing showers. High pressure parked across the area on Tuesday and Wednesday with cool 50-degree mornings and warm, dry afternoons. Southern counties received scattered rains early Thursday morning from a surface low pressure feature near the coast. A cold front dropped into the state during the afternoon helping to initiate isolated clusters of fast moving thundershowers. Most locations observed sunny, Fall-like weather through the weekend. Morning low temperatures on Saturday fell into the 40's and by Sunday afternoon temperatures had once again reached the 80's. For the period, the state average temperature was two degrees below normal.
The highest official temperature reported was 89 degrees at Edisto Beach State Park on October 1. The lowest official temperature reported was 39 degrees at Cheraw on the morning of September 30. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 0.72 inches at Pritchardville ending at 7:00 AM on September 28. 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 0.08 29.30 -9.5 Columbia 0.02 31.50 -7.7 Orangeburg 0.01 30.11 -9.2 Charlotte, NC 0.00 31.95 -1.5 Augusta, GA 0.00 30.20 -5.6 Florence 0.41 36.60 0.7 Myrtle Beach 0.04 40.27 4.1 Charleston 0.17 40.41 -2.3 Savannah, GA 0.63 28.61 -12.8 Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.
SOIL: 4-inch depth average soil temperature: Columbia 75 degrees.
RIVERS AND SURF: South Carolina river stages were below normal. Ocean water temperatures at Myrtle Beach and Fripp Inlet were reported from 75 to 77 degrees.