Cloudy conditions, along with rainshowers, prevailed early in the week. This pattern was associated with the decaying, former hurricane Georges, well to our south. While many sites received light showers, heavier amounts of over two inches were reported across the upstate. Cool, dry high pressure helped clear skies late Wednesday. Mostly sunny weather continued into Saturday with daytime high temperatures in the low 80's and morning low's in the 50's and 60's. Easterly winds on Sunday brought in a mix of clouds and scattered rains. Temperatures for the period averaged six degrees above normal.
PRECIPITATION AND TEMPERATURE DATA
The maximum observed temperature was 91 degrees on September 28 at Florence AP and on the 29th at Dillon. The minimum observed temperature was 45 degrees at Cedar Creek on the morning of October 3. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall was recorded at Walhalla with 2.35 inches ending at 7:00 a.m. on September 30. Statewide rainfall for the period averaged 0.7 inches.
Precipitation Period 1998 Deviation* Temperature Location Total Total From Avg. Maximum Minimum Greer 2.55 44.4 4.4A 87 52 Charlotte, NC 0.81 34.7 1.3A 88 46 Columbia 0.51 42.8 2.0A 88 53 Florence FAA 0.76 38.4 2.5A 91 56 Blackville 1.30 44.5 3.7A 88 54 Augusta, GA 0.47 45.7 9.4A 89 56 Beaufort 1.08 48.1 4.5A 89 65 Charleston AP 0.23 61.3 17.9A 88 64 Myrtle Beach 0.02 52.6 10.2A 89 61 *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 October 1-4 Cooling Heating Columbia 31 0 Charleston 42 0 Greenville 19 3Temperatures are expected to average near normal for the week. Rainfall is expected to be near to 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 78 degrees.