Postcard of the U.S. Weather Bureau Building at Columbia, South Carolina, ca. 1915. Image courtesy of the NOAA National Weather Service.
- Climate of South Carolina
Find out the average temperature, precipitation, and growing season in your region.
- South Carolina’s Climate Controls
Discover the factors that influence South Carolina’s climate.
- Climate Trends
Did you know that the average annual temperature in South Carolina has decreased .5 degrees Ferenheit?
- Drought Pictures
Explore images of the drought in South Carolina in 2007 and 2008.
- Hail: Summer Ice Storms
The largest recorded hailstone in South Carolina was 4 1/2 inches in diameter!
Lakes & Rivers
Visit The Three Rivers in Columbia and The Estuary in Charleston and explore the natural and cultural of the rivers.
- Carolina Bays
Carolina Bays are oval-shaped ponds and wetlands that occur along the Atlantic coast, many in South Carolina.
- NatureScene-Cartwheel Bay
Explore Cartwheel Bay, a Carolina Bay in Horry County, including videos, animals, and plants in the region.
- South Carolina Waterfalls
See images of waterfalls in the Blue Ridge region.
- South Carolina Watersheds
See the four watersheds in South Carolina. Watersheds are the regions where the water flows into a body of water such as a river, lake, or ocean.
- South Carolina Map of Rivers and Watersheds
Here is a detailed, color-coded map of the rivers and watersheds in South Carolina.
Carolina Bays near Marion, SC. View Larger Map
- Beach Sand: What It Is, Where It Comes From, and How It Gets Here
Find out what makes up beach sand.
- Sea Foam: What is it?
Did you know that sea foam is often made by tiny single-celled organisms known as plankton?
- Sea Breeze: Science at the Beach
South Carolina often has sea breezes, depending on temperatures and winds.
This animation shows how the flood current and ebb current make up the tides.
- What is a Monadnock?
A monadnock is an isolated hill that is much higher than the surrounding land.
- Barrier Islands
Discover how barrier islands are created and what they look like.
- Appalachian Orogeny
These illustrations show how the Appalachian Mountains were formed!
- Geology Mineral Resources
This map shows where minerals such as gold, clay, kaolin, and peat have been mined.
- Cross-Section of State
Find out what kind of rock is under your feet!
- Collection of Fossils
Take a look at animal, plant, and insect fossils that have been discovered in South Carolina.