Sunny weather on Monday was quickly replaced by clouds and showers late Tuesday. Tropical Storm Tammy crawled northward along the Florida coast before making landfall Thursday near the Georgia-Florida border. Winds gusted to 59 mph at Edisto Beach. Several beachfront homes were destroyed or damaged due to storm driven tides and overwash. Rainfall amounts of between 6 to 12 inches produced widespread flooding which disrupted travel. Georgetown measured a reported event total of 12.71 inches. Additional heavy rains shifted to the Piedmont and Upstate on Friday. Parts of Spartanburg County received up to 14.50 inches of rain during the three days of downpours. A brief window of drying under partly sunny skies was observed on Saturday afternoon before clouds and scattered thundershowers returned Sunday. For the period, the state average temperature was five degrees above normal.
The highest official temperature reported was 89 degrees at the Jamestown on October 8. The lowest official temperature reported was 53 degrees at Cheraw on the morning of October 3. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 6.57 inches at Gray Court ending at 8:00 a.m. on October 8. The average statewide rainfall for the period was 4.4 inches.
PRECIPITATION AND TEMPERATURE DATA
Precipitation Weekly Jan 1 Deviation Total Total From Avg Greer 4.12 44.5 4.7 Columbia 2.24 38.8 -1.2 Orangeburg 3.65 34.9 -4.9 Charlotte, NC 4.13 33.0 -1.4 Augusta, GA 3.01 41.6 5.1 Florence 2.84 36.0 -0.7 Myrtle Beach 7.82 35.8 -1.4 Charleston 3.64 37.8 -5.9 Savannah, GA 5.96 39.7 -2.6 Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.
SOIL: 4-inch depth average soil temperature: Columbia 77 degrees.
RIVERS AND SURF: South Carolina river stages were near or above normal. Surf temperatures at Myrtle Beach and Savannah will average around 76 degrees.