Winters have been warming over the past few decades nationwide. Here in South Carolina the winters have warm about 2 degrees F over the past 35 years. The South has always enjoyed milder winters, but this has been more so lately in spite of the last two winters.
|This map shows the average winter temperature trend 1976-2010. Image Credit: Climate Central.|
The warming has had benefits and problems. Problems have included more summer insects, fewer chilling hours for peaches, and drier conditions. However, one of the benefits has been a longer growing season. The growing season has expanded by one week in the Midlands over the past 35 years.