The rain free, sunny weather continued for another week. After a Monday of 80 degree warmth, a series of dry, cold fronts entered the state throughout the period to lower temperatures. Florence Airport reports less than a tenth of an inch of rain in October. Early morning temperatures on Friday and Saturday fell below freezing for the first time this season across western sites with reports of frost into the midlands. Indian Summer weather returned on Sunday as afternoon temperatures peaked in the mid 70's to near 80. Temperatures for the period averaged two degrees below normal.
PRECIPITATION AND TEMPERATURE DATA
The maximum observed temperature was 89 degrees on October 19 at Florence. The minimum observed temperature was 25 degrees at Cedar Creek on the morning of October 23. Statewide rainfall for the period averaged 0.0 inches.
Precipitation Period 1998 Deviation* Temperature Location Total Total From Avg. Maximum Minimum Greer 0.02 45.3 2.6A 81 33 Charlotte, NC 0.00 35.5 0.3B 80 31 Columbia 0.00 43.1 0.2A 85 35 Florence FAA 0.00 38.4 0.7A 89 37 Blackville 0.00 45.1 2.6A 86 30 Augusta, GA 0.00 45.7 7.5A 85 32 Beaufort 0.05 50.4 5.0A 87 43 Charleston AP 0.04 63.2 17.8A 85 40 Myrtle Beach 0.00 54.7 9.8A 85 38 *A=Above, B=Below E=EstimateNote: Weekly rainfall amounts are for the prior 24-hrs ending 7:00 a.m. Monday through ending 7:00 a.m. Sunday
ENERGY DEMAND AND AGRICULTURAL ADVISORY
Degree Days Actual October 1-25 Cooling Heating Columbia 87 58 Charleston 149 35 Greenville 43 83Temperatures are expected to average near to above normal for the week. Rainfall is expected to be near to below normal. The Sandhill Research and Education Center in north Columbia reports an average 4-inch depth soil temperature of 69 degrees.
RIVERS AND SURF
Rivers are near to below normal. Surf temperatures at Myrtle Beach and Savannah will average around 70 degrees.