Thundershowers began before sunrise on Monday and continued through the day. Light rain and drizzle was observed Tuesday and Wednesday before clearing Thursday afternoon. Cloudy conditions prevented the mercury from climbing beyond the 60's upstate. A full day of sun on Friday helped warm high temperatures into the lower 80's. The weekend's weather was influenced by a pair of cold fronts which reinforced the drying air mass and brought noticeably cooler mornings. For the period, the state average temperature was three degrees above normal.
The highest official temperature reported was 85 degrees at Givhans on October 14. The lowest official temperature reported was 43 degrees at Lake Bowen on the morning of October 16. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 2.43 inches at Cheraw ending at 7:00 a.m. on October 11. The average statewide rainfall for the period was 0.3 inches.
PRECIPITATION AND TEMPERATURE DATA
Precipitation Weekly Jan 1 Deviation Total Total From Avg Greer 0.00 44.5 3.8 Columbia 0.24 39.0 -1.6 Orangeburg 0.74 35.6 -4.9 Charlotte, NC 0.53 33.6 -1.7 Augusta, GA 0.00 41.6 4.4 Florence 0.40 36.4 -1.0 Myrtle Beach 0.61 36.4 -1.5 Charleston 0.83 38.7 -5.7 Savannah, GA 0.01 39.7 -3.3 Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.
SOIL: 4-inch depth average soil temperature: Columbia 73 degrees.
RIVERS AND SURF: South Carolina river stages were near normal. Surf temperatures at Myrtle Beach and Savannah will average around 70 degrees.