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Old 10-31-2013, 10:53 AM
 
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Hello all,
I'll be housesitting on Daniel Island--my first time there--from mid-January to late April. Being from the Midwest, I have no concept of what the weather could be like down there during that time.

Does it rain a lot? High winds? Any chance of frost/snow? Mostly sunny? Does the fact that it's an island present any potential issues with driving (bridge closings due to weather)?

I'm thrilled to have this opportunity to experience a whole new region, but I'd like to know what to expect so I can pack a somewhat decent wardrobe and prepare myself mentally.

Thanks for any insight you might offer.
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Old 10-31-2013, 11:04 AM
 
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Average Weather for Charleston, SC - Temperature and Precipitation

The biggest issues with the bridges are more traffic based than weather based during that time. If you get an accident on a bridge, it'll back up traffic in both directions for miles. So depending on where you're going it could be an issue forcing you to go way out of your way.
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Old 10-31-2013, 02:45 PM
 
Location: Charleston, SC (West Ashley)
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It's beautiful here . I would suggest bringing a fleece jacket. My husband and I both have North Face denali jackets and that's all we've ever needed. I also own one pair of running pants which I wore maybe 4 times last year.

Frost is a big possibility but snow doesn't really happen here very often... if it does, it's more of a "so-and-so said they saw some flurries" deal and it's usually more inland.
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Old 10-31-2013, 02:48 PM
 
Location: James Island, SC
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The average temps are good but also realize that we'll likely have some 70+ degree days in January too. I find opportunities to get out in a kayak during the winter there are garden crops that can be grown through the winter as well. As IsNull said bridge closings due to ice/snow are rare.

The lowest winter temp recorded in Chas was 6 degrees in Jan 85 and the most snow we've ever seen was 6" in 89.

Winter is not particularly rainy (I think August is our rainiest month) or windy I think.

National Weather Service has a good informational links page too:
NWS Charleston, SC - Additional Local Climate Data

You'll be here during the South Eastern Wildlife Festival
Southeastern Wildlife Exposition | Charleston S.C. | Feb 14-16, 2014
and there's usually a blues festival or two in the winter. There's always something going on here. You'll enjoy it!
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Old 10-31-2013, 10:35 PM
 
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The weather is beautiful that time of year! I wear a sweater in January and February and also wear sandals year round. Coming from the midwest you will think the weather is nice. A few nights might get into the 30's, but the days are nice. It is always sunny here. That was something I had to get used to when I moved here because I was used to overcast skies all the time in the winter. February can be rainy, but it is still nice out.
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Old 11-01-2013, 05:54 AM
 
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Default What garden crops can you grow year round? We are coming from NJ to MP and that sounds great to me.

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The average temps are good but also realize that we'll likely have some 70+ degree days in January too. I find opportunities to get out in a kayak during the winter there are garden crops that can be grown through the winter as well. As IsNull said bridge closings due to ice/snow are rare.

The lowest winter temp recorded in Chas was 6 degrees in Jan 85 and the most snow we've ever seen was 6" in 89.

Winter is not particularly rainy (I think August is our rainiest month) or windy I think.

National Weather Service has a good informational links page too:
NWS Charleston, SC - Additional Local Climate Data

You'll be here during the South Eastern Wildlife Festival
Southeastern Wildlife Exposition | Charleston S.C. | Feb 14-16, 2014
and there's usually a blues festival or two in the winter. There's always something going on here. You'll enjoy it!
We are coming from NJ to MP and that sounds great to me.
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Old 11-01-2013, 06:07 AM
 
Location: James Island, SC
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We are coming from NJ to MP and that sounds great to me.
I grew up in the SW suburbs of Philly and moved here from Boulder, CO. I LOVE the mild winters!

Usually you can grow the usual hearty greens (collards, kale, spinach) as well as onions, broccoli, etc. Of course if we have an especially cold winter you'll have to protect them but some winters it seems to me we don't even hit freezing.
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Old 11-01-2013, 07:32 AM
 
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Pack like you would for the Fall in the Midwest. It could be in the 70's for a week at a time, or it could be upper 40's and chilly nights. Typically it seems like it's highs in the low 60's and low 40's at night. It's usually sunny in the Winter imo.
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Old 11-01-2013, 08:01 AM
 
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Thank you all so much for this wonderful information. I am beyond excited that it is sunny most days! That is, truly, the part of winter that I can't handle.

I also love that you can grow some things year-round. Should I assume there are farmers markets year-round, too?
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