The December to February winter is mild with periods of steady rain and chances of snow flurries, but accumulation is rare.Most winters have one cold spell, but temperatures below 20 degrees are unusual.There is evidence of human activity in the area about 40,000 years ago.At the time Europeans arrived, marking the end of the Pre-Columbian era around 1600, there were many separate Native American tribes, the largest being the Cherokee, and the Catawba, and the total population being up to 20,000.Summer is warm and humid, but temperatures exceeding l00 degrees are infrequent and sea breezes keep coastal temperatures lower.Fall is pleasant with sun, rare temperature extremes, and long Indian summers.
The area is supported by tourism and is known as a good place for small business.
The lifestyle is slow paced, pleasant, and dignified, but the city is relatively isolated from other big cities.
There are a number of recreational opportunities and excellent golf courses, especially in the island areas to the south.
Spring thunderstorms, some severe, and the occasional Atlantic hurricane, punctuate precipitation patterns.
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The names of these tribes survive in place names like Edisto Island, Kiawah Island, and the Ashepoo River.