As the sun disappeared today, we could be thankful that Cape Carteret managed to work its way up to 36F from this morning's low temperature of 23F.
Places north and west of the Southern Outer Banks never made it above freezing today.
We woke up to ice on the water behind our house. Raymond's Gut which makes its way to the White Oak River seemed to be completely frozen.
By afternoon there was some thawing around the edges, but I expect the ice will thicken over night as temperatures once again head for the low twenties.
We are going to make our way to the forties tomorrow and work up to the sixties on Sunday before crashing once again into the thirties during the day.
We might even have a dip into the teens one night next week. That is brutal cold for our area.
This is definitely winter weather on the Crystal Coast. I still was not finished with fall. There were boating adventures still on tap when we fell off a weather cliff.
I hope this is not a sign of global cooling. We cannot lose any of our water to new glaciers. We would have to switch from skiff to john boats.
It is hard to let go of the memory of the warm weather that followed us into December. We managed 76F on November 30 and 69F on December 1.
Right now I would be happy if we hit our average temperature of 58F.