The Winds are Here

Submitted by OcracokeWaves on Sat, 03/09/2013 - 03:45.

It is March here on the Crystal Coast and the winds that herald the changing of the seasons have arrived.  While wind on North Carolina's coast is not uncommon, the wind is rarely as persistent as the wind that we used to endure on Nova Scotia's coast.

However, even the spring winds here in North Carolina do not give up easily.

Predicting the winds is about as easy as predicting the weather.  For over twenty years we had a home on a mountainside in Roanoke, Virginia and we got some serious wind there.  A gust of wind hit the front of our home late one night and a window got blown into the room of our youngest daughter. It certainly shocked her and made sleeping in her room during roaring winds a little bit of a challenge for a while.

Certainly you cannot escape the winds by living on the coast.  We get more than our fair share of wind. The water over at the beach can easily get stirred by the wind.  As far as I can tell the wind is pretty impartial.  Sometimes it can blow out the gut by our house and sometimes it can even blow by gut.  Then it can blow into the gut like today.  Then there are times the wind just stops.

As the weather warms, the wind does not matter as much.  We have a pretty stiff breeze on today March 9, 2013.  However, the temperature has climbed past 60F so it is actually pretty nice out.

There are days after the water has warmed just a little when the wind is blowing and it is still pretty nice sitting out on the oyster rocks in the river.  We can have serious storms including rare tornadoes or even some hurricanes that clip us just like any beach area.

However, once the temperature warms up in the spring, we can tolerate the wind until it blows more than15-20 MPH. With that much wind it is certainly challenging to take a kayak out on the river but you can be assured that either the ride out or the ride back in will be fun and easy. 

The chop on the river from 15-20 MPH winds makes for a bumpy ride in a skiff. Usually when the wind has turned the river into a sea of whitecaps, I try to stay at my dock and just imagine better weather.

There is really nothing you can do about wind except wait for it to die down and hope that things warm up in the meantime.  Of course it can be windy in the summer and sometimes we need that wind to get a change of air and blow some humidity away.

It is hard to complain very much about wind keeping us at the dock when the water is still cold.  The fish would not even bite anyway. It is a minor inconvenience compared to many winds that I have seen.  At least that is what I like to tell myself.

You can find out about our Nova Scotia days and New Brunswick where we also lived by reading our new book, A Taste for the Wild, Canada's Maritimes.  It is available for $2.99 on Amazon's Kindle store.  You can read it on practically any device using Amazon's free software.

You can even read it in the wind.

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