The creaky sounds of a rising tide

Submitted by OcracokeWaves on Tue, 01/05/2010 - 15:16.

The weather folks are calling this the worst winter in the last twenty five years.  That's hard to measure since I haven't live in any place for that long.

However, I know that by the end of the week, the normally watery gut leading to the White Oak River will have been frozen for longer than any other period of time I have seen.  This is our fourth winter on the coast.

This period of cold weather is already the longest that I have seen.  It is the first time in four years that we have barely gotten above freezing for two or three days in a row.

Today is supposed to be better with temperatures reaching into the low forties.   While we are "cold" compared to what we are used to feeling, we are still managing well over twelve hours a day in above freezing temperatures.

And if you can find a spot in the sun and sheltered from the wind, it is actually pretty nice outside.  I was out with only a sweatshirt on this morning, but that might just be my Canadian years showing.

I stood on the dock as the sun was coming above the pine trees and listened to the popping and cracking of the ice as it struggled to adjust to the rising tide.  Beyond the sounds from a few Chickadees that was the only noise this morning.

I guess our coastal world is in something of a deep freeze.  One local guy who works in our office told me that he would be heading up river early this morning to see if he could find some trout floating to the surface.  Apparently the water is cold enough at night to stun or kill them.  All that is needed to get them is a net and winning the race with the sea gulls and other fishermen.

It looks like if we can make it through Saturday, we will begin to see some moderation on the temperatures.  That's a good thing since winter will still hold sway for the next couple of months.

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