Embraced by Warmth

Submitted by OcracokeWaves on Thu, 04/28/2011 - 13:42.

Spring is a wonderful time of the year except when the weather turns violent.  We have enjoyed some spectacular weather off and on since the middle of March.

It has been a nice treat to be embraced by warmth.  Like many folks, we were tired of the colder than normal weather that we faced this past winter. It has been nice to get up to temperatures even in the seventies.  I have also enjoyed being outside in the warmth like I was when I snapped the above picture of the White Oak River that I took from the Swansboro park on the north side of Highway 24.

However, the warmth has come at a price.  We have seen an unstable atmosphere for the last month, and at times it has turned deadly.  With humidity and warmth, you get storms, and sometimes they can be severe as they have been in last few weeks.

We have also seen plenty of wind, even on blue sky days, and it has been persistent enough to keep most of us at the dock.  While blue skies have been consistent for most of our nice weather this last month, April 28 is starting out somewhat gloomy.

That is probably no surprise since the storms which devastated Alabama are already in North Carolina, and we already have some home-brewed storms a little over a hundred miles west of the Crystal Coast.

There is not much you can do about weather except wait it out or change your location.  I guess the best thing to do is enjoy the pleasures that we can find close by, and be ready to duck if nasty weather comes our way.

My skiff and kayak are both ready to go once the winds back off a little.  I did run the skiff down to Swansboro this past Easter weekend, but it was truly a ride on the wave tops.

I enjoyed the ride more from the perspective of it reminding me that there will be better days when we can enjoy the water we all love so much.

At least the weather has been nice enough that I have a tomato or two already growing even if they are a little hard to photograph.

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