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Spring is without question the most beautiful season of the year.  The second week of March is the Charleston areas last official day for frost.  By this time of year, you will have already chatted it up with plenty of your neighbors planting flowers and gardens. If you haven't already completed your winter clean-up chores, well, now you are officially behind in your yard work.  The birds are singing and the sunshine is beaming and everything is coming to life.  It will only be a few more days before everything is completely in full bloom. This is such an energized time of year here. The last week of March or the first week in April is also the perfect time for visiting Middleton Plantation.  This is where you will find thousands and thousands of blooming Azaleas in America’s oldest formal garden.  During the first Saturday in April, you will also find Summerville celebrating their spring Flowertown Festival.  Among the huge white, purple, pink and red Azalea bushes, you will find vendors selling jewelry, artwork, crafts, sculptures and plants.  You will also smell plenty of good food being prepared by local restaurant owners.  The first Saturday in April also brings twenty-five thousand runners and walkers to the prized Cooper River Bridge run.  The "Last Cooper River Bridge Run" had over forty thousand runners and walkers participating in the fun.  In May, the popular Spoleto Festival is celebrated with world-renowned opera singers, musicians, actors, dancers and artists performing at various historical venues such as the Dock Street Theater, Gaillard  and The Gibbes Museum of Art.  Springtime also brings plenty of opportunity to buy fresh local produce at local Farmers Markets and road side stands.

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Summer in Charleston is all about going to the beach.  People come here from all over the world to experience Charleston's great beaches.  The beaches are wide and hard packed which make them perfect for jogging, walking or bike riding.  While at the beach, you will always find a nice Gulf Stream breeze coming off the Atlantic Ocean which will keep you cool during your workout or while you sun bath.

The Atlantic Ocean breezes in connection with the low elevation which is found here in the Charleston area helps keep the air flowing.  As a result, you will not find the air becoming stagnant and ultimately causing poor air quality.  Yes, this means no code red days!

The summer months are no picnic by any stretch of the imagination and when it comes to heat and humidity, there is plenty of it. The summer is long and will extend past your traditional labor day celebration.  You will not find it uncommon for the heat index to rise over 100 degrees. However, it generally is not a struggle to breath, unlike other major cities.  While living here, you will learn to move at a much slower pace.  Because after all it is the South.  Did I mention?  You should make sure your air conditioner works!

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Fall weather in Charleston doesn’t really start until the middle of November.  There will be days when you venture out wearing sandals and soon realize the temperatures are changing.  Or you might forget to wear your sweater one evening and feel the cool night air breeze nipping at your nose.  This is when the reality hits you and you slowly come to terms with the realization that cold man winter is arriving to Charleston.  You will need to replace your wardrobe consisting of shorts and t-shirts with long pants and long sleeve shirts.  This is generally done one rainy weekend morning. The hot summer lawn grasses are starting to show their signs of winter dormancy.  The leaves on the trees are showing their spectacular red, yellow and brown fall colors. You have no choice now but to get out your winter garments because winter is fast approaching.  You really need to make every last ditch effort to get out and walk the beaches before it is becomes to cold.  After all, you need to burn a few calories off the waist line because Thanksgiving is just one week away.  During the month of December, you might even see a few nights fast approaching the freezing mark.

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The winter months in Charleston SC remind me very much of the fall weather up north.  The largest snow accumulation ever recorded in Charleston was on December 24, 1989.  Remember the other major weather event in Charleston back on September 21, 1989?  If you don't remember, it goes by the name of Hugo.  I guess you can say 1989 was Charleston’s vintage year for weather.  The December 1989 record snow fall had your classic low pressure coming up off the Gulf of Mexico and hitting the already present cold temperatures.  This classic combination of high pressure cold air meeting the low pressure's moisture air produced a record eight inches of snow fall.  It is known here by the locals as “The Christmas Snow” of 1989.  The Christmas Snow of 1989 broke all previous record snow falls.  The last record snowfall was 7.1 inches set back in February, 1973.  Snow accumulation in Charleston is an anomaly.  During each winter day, you have a 1-in-3000 chance of seeing some type of big snow event like these two prior record snowfalls.  Charleston will however get minor snow accumulation once every five years.  So, if you are dreaming of a white Christmas in Charleston, “forget about it” stay up north.  Although, if you are really lucky, you might wake up to see some short lived snow flakes falling from the sky Christmas day.  Yes, there really is a Santa Claus.  February is the end of winter and a big month for the local oyster festivals around town.  The majority of money collected from the oyster festivals will benefit local charities and associations.  You will not want to miss out on this great fun.

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The Atlantic Ocean’s high and low tides provide the Charleston SC lowcountry with its over three hundred miles of beautiful salt water marshes.  These rising tides bring to life the lowcountry’s unique ecosystem of birds, fish, crabs, oysters, clams and shrimp.  You will always find pleasure and enjoy watching a fiddler crab scamper into its hole of safety located in the pluf mud.  The Atlantic Ocean’s currents and its high and low tides provide the salt water marsh the minerals and nutrients it needs to survive.  Without the Ocean’s tides millions of creatures wouldn’t call the lowcounty home.  The biggest predator to the lowcountry’s salt water marsh is man.  You will see land conservation groups constantly fighting off real estate developers from intruding on these precious acres of salt water marsh and wetlands.  The protection for these thousands of salt water marsh acres comes from the federal, state and local governments as well as the much needed conservation groups.  The government’s Ocean and Coastal Resource Management Office and the non-profit organization the Coastal Conservation League continually monitor and protect Charleston’s “critical areas” and "setbacks" along its miles of coastal wetlands.  Their continued oversight guarantees that bridges, docks and new homes will meet the required zoning standards and strict guidelines defined by the current laws and regulations.

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