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SOUTH CAROLINA

In our ongoing GERATOL Series, highlighting some of the interesting facts surrounding the various United States we attempt to work on the net, this month we are featuring the state of South Carolina.

Flag of South Carolina
S.C. State Flag

South Carolina became the eighth state to ratify the U.S. Constitution on May 23, 1788. It also became the first state to vote in favor of secession from the Union on December 20, 1860. After the American Civil War, it was readmitted into the United States on June 25, 1868.

The Charleston area, along the central coastline of the state, demonstrates the greatest frequency of earthquakes in South Carolina. South Carolina averages 10–15 earthquakes a year below magnitude 3 (FEMA). The Charleston earthquake of 1886 was the largest quake ever to hit the eastern United States. The 7.0–7.3 magnitude earthquake killed 60 people and destroyed much of the city. Faults in this region are difficult to study at the surface due to thick sedimentation on top of them. Many of the ancient faults are within plates rather than along plate boundaries.

The state is occasionally affected by tropical cyclones. This is an annual concern during hurricane season, which lasts from June 1 to November 30. The peak time of vulnerability for the southeast Atlantic coast is from early August to early October, during the Cape Verde hurricane season. Memorable hurricanes to hit South Carolina include Hazel (1954), Florence (2018), and Hugo (1989), all Category 4 hurricanes.

South Carolina averages around 50 days of thunderstorm activity a year. This is less than some of the states further south, and it is slightly less vulnerable to tornadoes than the states which border on the Gulf of Mexico. Some notable tornadoes have struck South Carolina, and the state averages around 14 tornadoes annually. Hail is common with many of the thunderstorms in the state, as there is often a marked contrast in temperature of warmer ground conditions compared to the cold air aloft.

S.C. State House

FUN FACTS ABOUT SOUTH CAROLINA:

South Carolina was one of the original 13 colonies that formed the United States.

South Carolina is home to the legendary “Hell Hole Swamp.” Every year, it hosts a festival complete with a tobacco-spitting contest and the 10K Hell Hole Gator Trot, which is also known as “Redneck Run.”

South Carolina is the only state in the United States to own and operate its own school bus fleet.

Hilton Head, an island off the coast of South Carolina, attracts over 2 million tourists every year. The island is named for Captain William Hilton who discovered it in 1663 and named it after himself.

Famous South Carolinians include Blackbeard, John C. Calhoun, Chubby Checker, Dizzy Gillespie, Sarah Grimke, Andrew Jackson, Jesse Jackson, “Shoeless” Joe Jackson, Mary-Louise Parker, Strom Thurmond, and Vanna White.

South Carolina is home to the legendary Angel Oak Tree, which shades an area of 17,000 square feet with its enormous limbs. This Live Oak tree is considered to be over 500 years old and is one of the oldest living things east of the Mississippi. The tree gets its name from the Angel family who once owned the land the tree is on, on John’s Island, south of Charleston.

Interesting Angel Oak Tree Fact
Angel Oak Tree

On January 28, 1861, the General Assembly added the palmetto tree to the original design. The addition of the tree to the flag helped to launch the Palmetto State as the official nickname for South Carolina.

There you have it, just a few fun facts about the State of South Carolina. Next time you work a station in S.C. you are armed with some information that may surprise them.

73, Kevin N1KL Website Administrator

posted by Kevin in From the Administrator,General Ham Radio News and have Comments (2)

2 Responses to “SOUTH CAROLINA”

  1. wg5n says:

    Kevin, Thank your for the fun facts about South Carolina. Some neat stuff there. Also Thank you for all the neat stuff you do on the Net’s website. Dale WG5N

  2. Kevin says:

    Dale, thanks for the comments, and glad you found the SC data interesting. We are putting out information about our states, and doing it in the order in which they ratified our constitution. More to come, and hope to work you on the net again soon. Kevin N1KL

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