October 2 - October 8, 2006


Several days of dry and unseasonable hot weather were observed Monday through Thursday. Afternoon high temperatures during the stretch were reported in the mid and upper 80's. Clouds increased on Friday with the approach of a southeastward moving cold front. Thundershowers developed across the Pee Dee and central coast. A complex low pressure feature, near the surface and aloft, drifted south along the middle Atlantic coast into South Carolina Saturday bringing widely scattered rainshowers. The absence of sunshine combined with chilling northeast winds to limit high temperatures to the 50's and 60's. Sunday's weather, generally east of the Piedmont, ranged from cloudy with drizzle to heavy rain in thunderstorms. For the period, the state average temperature was near normal.

The highest official temperature reported was 91 degrees at Dillon on October 5. The lowest official temperature reported was 42 degrees at Walhalla on the morning of October 7. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 3.08 inches at Socastee ending at 7:00 AM on October 9. The average statewide rainfall for the period was 0.4 inches.


                       Weekly   Jan 1  Deviation     
                        Total   Total   From Avg
         Greer           0.01   29.31    -10.4
      Columbia           1.18   32.68     -7.3 
    Orangeburg           0.22   30.33     -9.7 
 Charlotte, NC           0.83   32.78     -1.5             	
   Augusta, GA           0.07   30.27     -6.2  
      Florence           0.39   36.99      0.4
  Myrtle Beach           0.84   41.11      4.0
    Charleston           0.10   40.51     -3.1     
  Savannah, GA           0.51   29.12    -13.1

Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.  

SOIL: 4-inch depth average soil temperature: Columbia 73 degrees.

RIVERS AND SURF: South Carolina river stages were below normal. Ocean water temperatures at Myrtle Beach and Fripp Inlet were reported at 72 degrees.