Autumn weather, with its alternating warm to mild days and cool mornings, was observed throughout the week. On Wednesday moist southerly winds ahead of a cold front provided heavy up-slope rains across high elevation counties. High pressure covered the state on Thursday and over the weekend. On Saturday morning temperature readings were down into the 40's and 50's. Sunny, clear skies along with near 80 degree warmth was reported on Sunday. Temperatures for the period averaged four degrees above normal.PRECIPITATION AND TEMPERATURE DATA
The maximum observed temperature was 89 degrees on October 6 at Beaufort. The minimum observed temperature was 43 degrees at Cedar Creek on the morning of October 10. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall was recorded at Jocassee with 4.07 inches ending at 7:00 a.m. on October 8. Statewide rainfall for the period averaged 1.4 inches.
Precipitation Period 1998 Deviation* Temperature Location Total Total From Avg. Maximum Minimum Greer 0.89 45.3 4.4A 81 50 Charlotte, NC 0.56 35.5 1.3A NA NA Columbia 0.25 43.1 1.6A 85 49 Florence FAA 0.00 38.4 1.9A 86 52 Blackville 0.69 45.1 3.8A 85 48 Augusta, GA 0.02 45.7 8.8A NA NA Beaufort 2.31 50.4 6.2A 89 61 Charleston AP 1.91 63.2 19.1A 85 55 Myrtle Beach 2.12 54.7 11.5A 83 56 *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 1-11 Cooling Heating Columbia 77 2 Charleston 102 0 Greenville 39 10Temperatures are expected to average near normal for the week. Rainfall is expected to be near to below normal. The Sandhill Research and Education Center in north Columbia reports an average 4-inch depth soil temperature of 75 degrees.
RIVERS AND SURFRivers are near to below normal. Surf temperatures at Myrtle Beach and Savannah will average around 76 degrees.