Slow clearing of the cloudy skies and light showers was observed Monday afternoon. Above normal warming followed on Tuesday into Thursday. Daily high temperatures climbed into the lower 80's. Weak boundaries, passing west to east, caused a few scattered and brief rainshowers. The fall season's strongest cold front entered the state Friday with dry, cold air on northerly winds. Frost and freezing temperatures were reported Saturday and again Sunday morning from rural sites across the midlands, westward to the state's higher elevations. High temperatures, under the weekend's bright sunshine and brisk winds, ranged from the middle 60's to the lower 70's. For the period, the state average temperature was three degrees below normal.
The highest official temperature reported was 84 degrees at Conway on October 12. The lowest official temperature reported was 27 degrees at Hunts Bridge on the morning of October 15. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 0.32 inches at Anderson ending at 7:00 AM on October 12. The average statewide rainfall for the period was 0.1 inches.
PRECIPITATION AND TEMPERATURE DATA
Precipitation Weekly Jan 1 Deviation Total Total From Avg Greer 0.00 29.31 -11.3 Columbia 0.00 32.68 -7.9 Orangeburg 0.21 30.54 -10.1 Charlotte, NC 0.11 32.89 -2.2 Augusta, GA 0.84 31.11 -6.1 Florence 0.10 37.09 -0.2 Myrtle Beach 0.62 41.73 3.9 Charleston 0.00 40.51 -3.8 Savannah, GA 0.00 29.12 -13.8 Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.
SOIL: 4-inch depth average soil temperature: Columbia 70 degrees.
RIVERS AND SURF: South Carolina river stages were below normal. Ocean water temperatures at Myrtle Beach and Fripp Inlet were reported at 69 to 71 degrees.