Understand the Actual Chances of Rain
First, know it may not actually rain. To really understand weather, look beyond the icons and check out the percent chance and the amount predicted. If it’s less than an 80% chance and/or less than a half of an inch, then chances are pretty good that you won’t get wet and will still have lots of fun seeing the sites of Charleston from the water.
The most important factor is the amount. Anything around 0.1 or 0.2 inches indicates a gentle and quickly passing mist or rain, which you can avoid in the covered cockpit of the boat. Next look at the percent. A 50% chance shows that within a 60-mile radius of your current location half of the area has half a chance of rain.
How to Sail When It Rains
Second, even if the historic city of Charleston gets rain, it may not rain on the water. Most precipitation occurs inland, a result of the moist, cool air of the ocean lifting over the heat of the city. The result is an inland rain shower that leaves the ocean clear and sunny. In fact, the majority of Charleston sailing charters don’t see rain.
Third, even if it does rain, having an adventure on the water while staying dry is a great way to make the most of your time and have fun in Charleston. Since many people are visiting for the week or weekend, an adventurous, albeit misty, sail is much more memorable than killing time in a restaurant or hotel. You will still get to see the historical sites of Charleston – Fort Pickney, Fort Sumner, the Battery, the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge and more – and stay dry.
If you are concerned, bring a rain jacket. Chances are you won’t need it. And even if you do, you will be glad you risked the rain forecast to experience one of the best adventures in Charleston. Ready to book? Click here to check availability!