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Old 07-18-2014, 05:49 PM
 
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Adam
The best thing I can tell you is to spend the time while you are here, exploring the surrounding area. Check things out in the mid to northern parts of Greenville, Pickens and Oconee counties. There is a wide spectrum of things to appeal to an even wider spectrum of interests and personal requirements. There are plenty of small towns and communities, each with its own flavor, within a short driving distance of somewhat larger "cities" like Greenville, Anderson, Spartanburg or even Asheville.

Winters?.... We often go for a couple of years without snow. Greenville county didn't even own snow plows and sand trucks until the early 90's . A typical SC "blizzard" is usually melted by the next day and seldom lasts longer than a week. You will be expected to participate in the requisite rush to the grocery store to stock up on Bread and Milk or Beer and Condoms. You get to choose which commodities, but be forewarned..... it's an unwritten law.

SC is a right to work state, so we don't get time off for every holiday that Union states might enjoy. We do, however take days off for snow. As little as 2 inches can trigger this event. It's our way of compensating for those missing holidays. Everything closes when it snows... except Waffle House and Bilo... and we enjoy an unscheduled vacation. We only get to use a sled about 5 times in a decade, so we're not about to miss a chance.

You'll be tempted to drive in our snow. Don't... its nasty sloppy wet stuff that compresses into ice when you drive on it. You will become a slow moving target for all the other imported northerners who didn't get the memo. The locals are all inside having toast and hot cocoa... and watching the carnage on TV.

The worst winter problem here is ice. You can be without power for as much as a couple of weeks after one of our more spectacular ice storms. This is when you discover that you either have good neighbors or that no one likes you.. (grin)

It's good to see your excitement building and I'm pleased to see other newcomers so enthusiastically promoting what has always been a well kept secret. It sounds like you'll assimilate easily. We invented the well known hillbilly persona to discourage northern immigration to the local area. It worked pretty well until all youse guys started writing home and blowing our cover. We only ask that you not tease the locals. We are sometimes a bit sensitive about the whole thing.


One last item... you can't drag one of those little bitty sheds to the middle Lake Keowee, in mid winter, to go fishing... you'll have to use a bass boat, like normal folk....(evil wink)
LOL.....pretty much nailed it....except for one part.....there have not been back to back snowless winters in greenville since record keeping began back in the 1800s.....just saying
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Old 07-18-2014, 07:18 PM
 
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Ok... I'll let you count the blowing stuff and the odd 1/4 inch accumulations.... just sayin'...(grin)
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Old 07-19-2014, 11:17 AM
 
Location: near downtown Greenville, SC (viewing the sunset vicariously at the North Gulf Shore Beach Access)
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The last devastating ice storm to hit the Upstate was in December 2005 (see this archived report from the local NWS) - as many are aware, the Upstate of SC/Piedmont of NC are bullseye for winter ice storms due to the CAD/"Wedge" phenomenon - this only occurs east of the Apps, outside of the mountains - cities like Birmingham, Nashville, Knoxville are not affected and will often be 10-20+ degrees warmer. For some reason, CAD events have become less frequent in the last decade - maybe with these milder summers (like today), we may expect more ice in the next several years.

During the 2005 ice storm, my SIL (who lived near downtown Greenville) was without power for more than a week. Because of this extensive (and lengthy) power outage, the city of Greenville and Duke Energy formed "Weather the Storm" subsidizing residential power line burial - I took advantage of it last year and it cost me nothing. Unfortunately, this is only available residents in the city of Greenville.
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Old 07-19-2014, 12:09 PM
 
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J.H.C on a pogo stick... you guys ever considered kicking back and maybe untwisting those knickers a little? Sheesh..
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Old 07-19-2014, 02:54 PM
 
Location: So FL
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We were in Gvl 10 days ago taking our son to Clemson. Everything BigRedBeth is saying is true! We have property in Hendersonville, NC. It was a 45 min drive. We hiked Pigsah and Dupont falls. There is a lot there, a quick drive from Gvl and as stated, also in upper SC. Downtown is amazing! You won't be sorry! Good luck.
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Old 07-19-2014, 03:21 PM
 
Location: Greenville, SC
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We were in Gvl 10 days ago taking our son to Clemson. Everything BigRedBeth is saying is true! We have property in Hendersonville, NC. It was a 45 min drive. We hiked Pigsah and Dupont falls. There is a lot there, a quick drive from Gvl and as stated, also in upper SC. Downtown is amazing! You won't be sorry! Good luck.
Thank you, ftlmom!
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