"C" is for Climate

May 21, 2018

Credit SC Public Radio

"C" is for Climate. South Carolina’s climate is classified as humid subtropical, which is typical of middle-latitude locations situated on eastern margins of large continents. Rainfall is abundant and distributed fairly evenly throughout the year. There is seasonal variation in the temperatures ranging from hot and humid summers to mild winters with some below-freezing temperatures. Summers tend to be hot across the state. The single most important factor influencing the state’s summer weather is the Bermuda high. Winter normally is typified by the presence of cold, dry continental air masses making December, January and February the three coldest months. Spring and fall are transitional seasons. Rainfall provides almost all of the precipitation, but snow, sleet, and hail occasionally do occur. Within this general framework, however, climate varies considerably across the state of South Carolina