Mild daytime temperatures were observed early in the week. A nearly stationary boundary divided coastal counties from areas westward and allowed 80 degree warmth across eastern sections. Showers were reported on both Tuesday and Wednesday. A cold front raced through the state on Friday followed by gusting northwest winds and below normal temperatures. On Sunday morning, rural sites over central counties observed their first frost of the season. Sunny blue skies and cool 60 degree late afternoon temperatures ended the week. Statewide temperatures for the period averaged three degrees below normal.
PRECIPITATION AND TEMPERATURE DATA
The maximum observed temperature was 83 degrees on October 20 at Charleston City. The minimum observed temperature was 27 degrees at Cedar Creek on the morning of October 24. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall was recorded at Anderson with 1.17" ending at 7:00 a.m. on October 21. Statewide rainfall for the period averaged 0.7 inches.
Precipitation Period 1999 Deviation* Temperature Location Total Total From Avg. Maximum Minimum Greer 0.43 30.6 12.1B 72 35 Charlotte, NC 0.60 31.7 4.0B 69 31 Columbia 0.29 27.8 15.0B 77 32 Florence FAA 0.04 37.3 0.3B na na Blackville 1.10 35.6 4.8B 80 30 Augusta, GA 0.03 34.6 3.5B 80 31 Beaufort 2.40 44.5 0.8B 82 44 Charleston 1.99 42.1 3.2B 82 39 Myrtle Beach 3.72 59.5 14.8A 79 42*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 temperatures: Clemson 63 degrees. Columbia 66 degrees.
RIVERS AND SURF
Flooding continues on the Little Pee Dee and Wacamaw Rivers. Surf temperatures at Myrtle Beach and Savannah will average around 68 degrees.