A cool front crossed into the state on Monday with light showers. After stalling over the area on Tuesday more widespread rains were reported, especially in the upstate. Cool northeast winds just north of the boundary held high temperatures in the 50's on Wednesday while southern sites reported showers and temperatures in the upper 60's. High pressure began to influence the weather through Saturday with mostly sunny weather and much cooler mornings. An upper level disturbance began to influence the weather Sunday evening with passing showers. For the period, the state average temperature was two degrees below normal.
PRECIPITATION AND TEMPERATURE DATA
The highest temperature reported was 85 degrees at St. George on October 14. The lowest temperature was 35 degrees at Hunts Bridge and Lake Bowen on the morning of October 18. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 3.45" at Keowee Dam ending at 7:00 a.m. on October 16. The average statewide rainfall for the period was 1.6."
Precipitation Period 2002 Deviation* Temperature Location Total Total From Avg. Maximum Minimum Greer 2.99 35.84 5.4B 70 39 Columbia 1.31 38.83 2.2B 79 42 Florence 0.40 31.30 6.4B 78 42 Charleston 0.53 49.52 4.8A 81 49 N Myrtle Beach 0.89 31.43 6.9B 78 45 Augusta, Ga. 0.54 31.19 6.5B 79 41 A=Above, B=Below
Note: Weekly rainfall amounts are for the 24-hour period ending midnight Sunday.
4 inch depth average soil temperature: Columbia 76 degrees.
RIVERS AND SURF
South Carolina river stages are near to below normal.
Surf temperatures at Myrtle Beach and Savannah will average around 77 degrees.