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Old 07-09-2007, 09:26 AM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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Can anyone describe what winter is like in Charleston? Is there a period of time where certain plants die off and it gets fairly cold, or is it closer to Florida's climate where you only see frost/freezes once in a blue moon?
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Old 07-09-2007, 09:44 AM
 
Location: Summerville
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We get frosts every year, plants die back, leaves fall off the trees and the grass goes dormant. It will stay that way pretty much from November until March and then things start to try and come back out again only to be hit by another unexpected frost - like this year to my Crepe Myrtles!. We can keep getting frost well into April. Every night is not a hard frost night though, it might go into the upper to mid-30's and mostly the inland areas will dip down into the lower 30's some nights, every now and then we can go into the 20's but not very often.
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Old 07-09-2007, 11:37 AM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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Chas has enough of winter for effect, but not enough to find it unbearable. Usually a week in January or February can get lows in the teens, but that's about it. It does snow once every 6-8 years, so you can get some pretty amazing pictures.
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Old 07-10-2007, 09:23 AM
 
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Florida's climate is nowhere but in Florida

I moved from "North Central" Florida to Atlanta in November of last year thinking it was going to be similar to Florida winters... uh.. yeah right. I thought it was cold, dark, and dreary.

Weather.com used to have a thing where you could put two cities in and compare the average temps throughout the year. I can't find it right now, maybe they did away with it.
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Old 07-10-2007, 10:21 AM
 
Location: Charleston, SC
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I wear a coat maybe 10 times during the winter here in Charleston. Otherwise a sweater is fine. Closer to the water, it can be downright bitter with the moist, cold air blowing on you...much colder-feeling than the dry, cold temps. they get up North. A few winters ago, a college friend of mine was visiting from Michigan and couldn't believe how cold it was here in January....she thought it felt colder than it had in MI - due to the moisture and the wind. Of course that was a rare, exceptionally cold day when it was in the teens and we were walking around in downtown Chas. The norm, though, is in the 40's and low 50's on a typical winter day and it can go down in the 30's and 20's at night. We also have had winter days in the high 70's and have worn shorts on Christmas....so it just depends...
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Old 07-27-2007, 10:14 AM
 
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I moved here from Cleveland this past winter and thought the weather here was great. Up north it would get bitter cold and we would regularly get 2 feet of snow. I saw people here in January looking like it was the coldest thing they had ever experienced, but to me it felt like a heatwave.
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Old 07-27-2007, 10:20 AM
 
Location: Charleston, SC
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Charleston winters are great. I do miss the snow sometimes, but it's a brief feeling.
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