Pub Talk 9

Who doesn’t enjoy Charleston’s winters?  Seriously.

As our Northern friends and kinfolk shiver with bitter winter temperatures we enjoy what I call, Charleston Cold.  It’s a cold we complain about, but it’s not really cold.

It’s Charleston Cold.

Winter in Charleston is really just a few cold days and a handful of chilly mornings interspersed with moderate daytime temps and sunny skies. For every cold day or two, days in the 60s and even 70s are not far away.  You can comfortably stroll along the beach most days.

It’s Charleston Cold.

Having spent many winters north of the Mason-Dixon line, I can tell you there is cold cold. The coldest day I ever endured was -22⁰ on January 19, 1994 in Pittsburgh. That’s without a wind chill. That’s cold. It’s the kind of cold where you can throw a cup of boiling water up in the air outside and it instantly vaporizes. Instantly. Google “hot water freezing in air.” That’s cold. The average February Charleston low is 41⁰. Cold? Sort of, but not really.

It’s Charleston Cold.

Snow? In Charleston? Almost unheard of. I mean there was the 1989 Christmas snow that dropped 8″ but that was a record and has not been repeated. We normally get snow once every five years…and it’s fleeting. There were the “ice bombs” that dropped from the Ravenel Bridge in January 2014. Frightening? A nuisance? Certainly. But not really winter.

It’s Charleston Cold.

I went swimming at LTP – outdoors – on a cold 32⁰ morning a couple of months ago. The air was so cold ice formed on my kickboard laying on the pool deck. It was warm in the pool and truly cold when you got out wet. By noon, it was 50⁰. That’s the kind of winter cold a person can get used to.

It’s Charleston Cold.

So as you hear of winter storms up north dumping snow and causing mayhem and as you plan your remaining oyster festival outings and winter here quickly yields to spring, bask in the “cold” of Charleston’s average February highs of 63⁰. This is winter here.

This is Charleston Cold.