Fort Jackson South Carolina Weather: What To Expect When Moving Here
Knowing the weather is key when moving to a new base that might come with a change in the climate. The good news is that in Fort Jackson, South Carolina the weather is pretty predictable and mostly sunny. The nights can be cold with a light breeze which can be great for a relaxing night out by the river or downtown. The rain tends to fall mostly in the summer, which can help keep you cool, though it can be a hassle if you are out and doing training. The winter is not too harsh, snow is rare, and you may even have an occasional warm day.
The average high is around 74° Fahrenheit and the average low is 52 ° Fahrenheit. The hottest month of the year is July at 91°F. July is also the rainiest month out of the year. The coldest month is January with a low of 33°F. You can see the monthly averages here.
The most comfortable months of the year are around April/May and October. However, you’ll find that Fort Jackson can be pleasant all year round. Keep in mind that the extra stress of training can elevate the effects of weather. Be prepared!
High temps: 85°F
Low temps: 43°F
Spring is a great time because the days are warming up from winter, but you can still enjoy cool nights. You can be outside all day and dress in layers to adjust your clothes to the activity. Keep a rain jacket or umbrella close by in case of spring rain.
South Carolina is on the edge of tornado alley. However, no F-5 (highest rating) category tornadoes have been recorded. You can check this site for weather alerts.
High temps: 91°F
Low temps: 67°F
Summers in South Carolina can get quite hot, hitting its peak in July. You might want to consider taking a weekend trip to the coast by heading 3 hours east to Myrtle beach to cool down. Be sure to keep in mind the effects of the sun as you wear less or lighter clothes. The sun can be harsh and lead to sunstroke or worse if you aren’t careful. Also, sunburns can happen even on cloudy days. Be sure to hydrate!
High temps: 84°F
Low temps: 43°F
Fall is another great season as the summer heat starts to cool, but you can still enjoy the outdoors. The leaves will start to change color, and you’ll start to layer your clothing again.
Since South Carolina is a coastal state, there are hurricanes that come around in the fall. The good news is that most of the effects are closer to the coast. You can check this site for weather alerts.
High temps: 59°F
Low temps: 33°F
If you are used to mild winters, you’re in a good place. Fort Jackson affords you the ability to enjoy winter without having to endure the punishing snowstorms. The average snowfall is close to just one inch. It will get cold though, with lows in January that approach freezing. To be safe, make sure you pack some winter gear including knit caps, gloves, and a warm jacket.
Field & Training Expectations
Built in 1917 as Camp Jackson, Fort Jackson is known as a training base, so if you are here, expect a lot of field time. It trains about one-third of all new soldiers, so chances are, someone you know in the Army knows a lot about the weather here. For official information, save this link for the National Weather Service.
It’s never comfortable in the field, but the hot summer and colder winter nights can make the experience worse if you don’t prepare. The base may issue warnings, but it is always good to check before planning for a field op. The Army won’t always cancel training for severe weather though they may issue alerts such as flag conditions. In severe cases, training can get canceled if the risk outweighs the benefits.
- Some things to keep in mind:
Hydration is key, no matter what the weather, but especially in the hotter parts of the year
- Waterproof your gear, the rain can be unforgiving and wet gear is never fun
- Heat injuries are totally preventable, so monitor yourself and your fellow Soldiers
- If you have any questions, be sure to talk to your medical unit or the field medics
In short, use your best judgment in preparing for the worst. Remember, your health and safety are paramount! Check in with yourself and your teammates as you are out there training.
Keep all of these in mind as you prepare to make your move to a new posting. It’ll help you with your practical moving needs and clothes packing. Consider some recreational gear because of the outdoor activities you can do in this temperate climate. If you are a Soldier at Fort Jackson you’ll be in the field a lot. Do your best to prepare by preparing for hot and cold weather conditions before stepping off. Preparation and hydration are key!
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