November, 2011

Don't pinch, the weather might change

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You can few an updated November 2014 version of this post at this link.

I still have memories of the 2009 and 2011 fall seasons which were not exactly up to my standards of fall at the beach.  Admittedly I have some high expectations of beach weather, but the weather on the Southern Outer Banks of North Carolina usually delivers.

Having some lingering warmth in the fall is to be expected along the Carolina coast near Bogue Sound, but it usually isn't this consistent.
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The sand came back

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It took less than a month, but the sand that I reported lost in the post, "A Bite Out of Third St. Beach," seems to have been replaced by waves that are likely cousins to ones who took it away.

My wife and I went for a walk up at Third Street on Wednesday November 9 and discovered that plenty of sand has returned to the beach.  I am pretty sure that there is now more sand on the beach than I saw at any time during the summer of 2011.

Never knowing what you will find is one of the neat things about walking on a beach.  It is rarely the same place twice.  The beach can even change as you are walking on it.

Lots of times, as the sun starts going down, the light on the beach will change.  What looked like a perfectly normal beach just a few minutes earlier will turn into a very different spot.
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Getting a lot like Fall

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As October disappears into memory, our weather forecast has been trying to drag us out of some really pleasant late season warmth.  We are even seeing about as much color in the leaves as ever reaches the NC coast.

My most recent trip to the beach on Emerald Isle was just like a late summer trip.  The temperature was almost 80F as I walked around the Point and observed the most recent changes to the beach.

Most of our threats of rain in late October have gone largely unrealized.  We received no rain the last weekend of October while much of the east coast was being soaked or covered in up to thirty inches of snow.  However, we did get cold enough for a small patch of very light frost to show up on the high spot in our front yard.
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