Be careful though before you sign on, not all Carolina areas are created equal, especially when considering climate.
First off, let’s be honest, this is the South and things will get hot. But, to a certain extent, you can decide how hot and how humid you want it to be in your Carolinas best place to live.
Of course as you can imagine, the mountains of North Carolina and South Carolina are the coolest places to live. This area of the Carolinas will also give you the widest variety of seasons. Although North Carolina more than South Carolina. But still this is the area that is the best place for anyone who enjoys skiing or snowboarding.
In addition, as you might suspect, South Carolina’s options for skiing and snowboarding are extremely limited.
These climatic changes are due to the elevation differences as you move from the western side to the eastern side of the state.
In North Carolina and South Carolina, the three regions are referred to as the Mountains, Piedmont Plateau and the Coastal Plain, moving from west to east and highest to lowest.
In South Carolina the Coastal Plain is referred to as the Low-Country, while the Piedmont Plateau and the Mountains are referred to as the Up-Country. With the Mountains being referred to most commonly as Upstate.
The highest point in North Carolina is Mount Mitchell at 6,684 feet above sea level, and the highest point in South Carolina is Sassafras Mountain which has an altitude of 3,554 feet above sea level.
Consider precipitation and extreme weather conditions.
Coastal hurricanes in the Carolinas can be a drag to deal with every year.
Living near the coast will also drive up your insurance premiums. You will most likely need Flood Insurance.
Perhaps you’ll compromise for something a bit farther inland, and have a longer drive to the shore. However many cities and towns in the Carolinas are located along rivers from which you can access the Intra-Coastal Waterway.
In the mountains of the Carolinas, you’ll want to compare the amount of precipitation in each area. Sometimes a distance of only 20 miles can make a difference of 20 or more inches of yearly precipitation.
In the winter, ice storms are something to be aware of as well. Overall, the coast and mountains receive the most precipitation.
The climate in both North Carolina and South Carolina is great for gardeners and farmers alike. For centuries people have taken advantage of the rich soils and long growing seasons. Some areas, such as the Outer Banks, have a growing season of nearly 300 days.
Whether you grow squash, corn, potatoes, or okra, you should have great success under the Carolina sun. Typically most of the agricultural growth in North Carolina and South Carolina has centered around the tobacco, cotton, peanut, and fruit farms in the Piedmont regions.
In this article, I’ve summarized the basics of climate in North Carolina and South Carolina.
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Remember, climate is an important factor when considering your best place to relocate or retire in the Carolinas.
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Bob Bencivenga is a professional site locator and location analyst for major corporations. Bob researches the growth of NC and SC to find the Best Places to Retire or Relocate that are still affordable.
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