High pressure provided mostly sunny days and cool mornings early in the week. That feature shifted east during mid-week allowing temperatures to warm up into the 80's. A strong Canadian cold front approached from the northwest on Friday bringing passing showers by early Saturday morning. A sharp drop in temperatures was observed on Sunday as dry, colder air blanketed the state. Several of the usual isolated colder pockets had a light frost. The week ended with clear blue skies and a brisk north wind. Statewide temperatures for the period averaged one degree below normal.
PRECIPITATION AND TEMPERATURE DATA
The highest temperature was 90 degrees at Johnston October 3. The lowest temperature was 32 degrees at Chesnee on the morning of October 7. The heaviest 24-hour rainfall reported was 1.24" at Sumter ending at 7:00 a.m. on October 7. The average statewide rainfall for the period was 0.4."
Precipitation Period 2001 Deviation* Temperature Location Total Total From Avg. Maximum Minimum Greer 0.83 33.61 6.8B 81 41 Columbia 0.03 25.97 15.1B 87 40 Florence 0.61 29.61 6.6B 84 42 Charleston 0.12 37.22 6.5B 85 44 N Myrtle Beach 0.08 35.46 6.1B 83 46 Augusta, Ga. 0.02 31.58 5.0B 86 42 *A=Above, B=Below
Note: Weekly rainfall amounts are for the prior 24-hrs ending 7 am Monday through ending 7 am Sunday.
4 inch depth average soil temperature: Columbia 72 degrees.
RIVERS AND SURF
South Carolina river stages were below normal.
Surf temperatures at Myrtle Beach and Savannah will average around 70 degrees.