Spring does not usually come grudgingly to North Carolina’s Crystal Coast. Life and the weather here in Carteret County are usually tempered by the waters of Bogue Sound and the White Oak River.
The spring of 2014 started out chilly and our only warm weather through the third week of April has been sporadic and short-lived. Then Easter weekend we had our own private storm with three inches of rain and temperatures hugging 50F for over two days
As the third week in April started, I was beginning to think that we might head straight from early spring to summer. Fortunately Tuesday, April 22, turned out to be a stunning day as you can see from the blog picture.
We have had some nice weather. Our challenge has been the nice days have been few and far between which is not what we are accustomed to having.
When I walked out on the dock on Tuesday morning, I was so struck by the beauty of the water and skies that it was hard to leave and head back to our house.
Certainly the Monday before was a nice enough day considering most of our spring weather this year. The wind and weather were manageable enough to get me in our skiff for a ride down to Swansboro harbor. It is a short ride of little over three miles, but it is not one that is enjoyable if the wind is over 15 MPH and the temperature is below 70F.
While Monday was just nice enough for a boat ride, there is a big difference between a nice day and one that is so nice that it stops you in your tracks.
Though my day job kept me from taking our stunning day off, I took enough time out of the day to manage four walks including one over on the beach. (One walk before breakfast, one during lunch hour, one after work, and a final one just as dusk was arriving).
The walk on the beach reinforced my thought that the beach weather has a ways to go before it is nice enough to jump in the water, but it was fine for a long stroll along the surf. Certainly there were no crowds like we have found in the island grocery store this Easter weekend.
We have arrived at the point in the year when spring has sprung but we are still stuck in a windy weather pattern that makes fishing, boating, and kayaking a little challenging. Of course there is no way to control when the winds will die down to manageable levels so we just wait and it is some of the hardest waiting of the year.
A quick ride down the river on the top of the waves or a hike along one of the beaches helps pass the time, but it is still not the great weather that we often see even before peak beach season. If you left the dock when I snapped the picture in the post, you might have enjoyed a couple of hours of fishing before the wind picked up again. Perhaps the sun was warm enough to make the beach very comfortable for a couple of hours before and after lunch, but it certainly was not our typical summer sun that will cook you just enough to convince you to throw your warm body into the surf.
We are to the point that we can almost feel the great weather of past springs. While the local strawberries are here, the water that is begging to be waded is about a month late. We just need to have a week or so that great coastal spring weather to keep us going until summer really arrives. On the mainland we have one day of 80s in the forecast, but it will take more than that for the beach to really warm up.
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