Canadian high pressure eased into the south during the first part of the week and provided sunny afternoons and cool mornings. Frost became more widespread on both Wednesday and Thursday mornings across central counties. A slow return to milder weather came over the weekend with afternoon high temperatures reported in the upper 70s' and lower 80's. Southeasterly winds and an area of tropical rains over Florida sent a few light showers over eastern counties of South Carolina on Sunday. Statewide temperatures for the period averaged three degrees below normal.
PRECIPITATION AND TEMPERATURE DATA
The highest temperature was 84 degrees at Orangeburg, Blackville and Jamestown on October 16. The lowest temperature was 25 degrees at Cedar Creek on the morning of October 18. The heaviest 24-hour rainfall reported was 0.05" at Ft. Moultrie ending at 7:00 a.m. on October 21. The average statewide rainfall for the period was 0.1."
Precipitation Period 2001 Deviation* Temperature Location Total Total From Avg. Maximum Minimum Greer 0.00 35.25 7.0B 77 35 Columbia 0.01 26.11 16.4B 80 35 Florence 0.00 30.01 7.4B 82 39 Charleston 0.03 37.75 7.3B 84 40 N Myrtle Beach 0.03 35.66 7.1B 82 41 Augusta, Ga. 0.00 31.74 6.1B 84 32 *A=Above, B=Below
Note: Weekly rainfall amounts are for the prior 24-hrs ending 7 am Monday through ending 7 am Sunday.
4 inch depth average soil temperature: Columbia 70 degrees.
RIVERS AND SURF
South Carolina river stages were below normal.
Surf temperatures at Myrtle Beach and Savannah will average around 69 degrees.