SOUTH CAROLINA WEATHER AND CLIMATE
Oct. 20-26, 1997
The week began with mild days and widely scattered showers. A cold front
influenced the weather on Wednesday with cloudy skies, more showers and cooler
temperatures. On Thursday morning, October 23, minimum temperatures fell to
below freezing for the first time this season at a few upstate locations.
Frost pockets were reported into the Piedmont. Throughout the weekend, heavy
rains and thunderstorms developed along the frontal boundary. Some of the
highest elevations measured rainfall totals exceeding 7 inches. Statewide
temperatures for the period averaged 3 degrees below normal.
PRECIPITATION AND TEMPERATURE DATA
The maximum observed temperature was 80 degrees on October 25 at
Sandhill, Cades and Charleston City. The minimum observed temperature was 30
degrees at Huntsbridge on the morning of October 23. The heaviest official
24-hour rainfall was recorded at Keowee with 6.14" on October 26. Statewide
rainfall for the period averaged 1.2 inches.
Period 1997 Deviation* Temperature
Location Total Total From Avg. Maximum Minimum
Greer 4.26 41.9 0.9B 71 39
Charlotte, NC 1.65 40.9 5.0A 73 39
Columbia 1.46 37.9 5.1B 78 41
Florence FAA 1.36 40.8 3.1A 77 39
Blackville 0.25 44.0 3.4A 75 43
Augusta, GA 1.87 38.1 0.3B 75 41
Beaufort 0.45 41.2 4.1B 77 48
Charleston 1.66 53.0 7.5A 77 44
Myrtle Beach 0.36 42.3 3.0B 75 42
Note: 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
Columbia 85 86
Charleston 131 38
Greenville 43 111
Temperatures are expected to average below 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 62 degrees.
RIVERS AND SURF
River stages are near normal and rising.
Surf temperatures at Myrtle Beach and Savannah will average around 67