When you wake up in the morning and the temperature is just below eighty degrees Fahrenheit, you know that summer is planning to hang around a while. When that warm morning is followed by an afternoon downpour, you can assume you are still in a summer weather pattern.
Many of us, including some fish, were tricked the last couple of weeks around the middle of August. We had some temperatures in the sixties and we thought that maybe fall was just around the corner. With four or five nights when the temperatures got into the sixties, the swimming pools got a little chilly and we fishermen started getting excited.
Unfortunately it was a false alarm. The warmth is back and it looks like it will be here for at least a couple of weeks. The extra days of warmth are good news for beach goers and the tourism folks, but with the drop in traffic from school starting, it will probably not have a huge impact on this season.
However, anyone who does have plans to visit the area will get the bonus of waters that are likely to get warmer over the next few days. We measured a water temperature of 77F just outside of Bogue Inlet on August 28, 2013. My friend, Dr. Bogus, measured the surf temperature on Emerald Isle today one day later at 80F.
With high temperatures in the mid-eighties and lows in the mid-seventies the last weekend in August, I would not be surprised to see the surf stay around 80F for a few more days. That is a pretty pleasant temperature when the air temperature is in the mid-eighties.
As we head towards fall it is not unusual for the Crystal Coast and in fact the whole Southern Outer Banks to stay warm well into September and October. Both the fall of 2011 and the fall of 2012 were nice. Hurricane Sandy did seem to cause an early drop in temperatures in 2012 but things did recover nicely. I still remember how nice the weather was in October 2010. There were some magic evenings on the beach that month.
We just have to get back to accepting that we are still in a summer weather pattern. We need to fish or get our work done early in the morning and be prepared for those mid-afternoon showers.
Still I wish we could could skip the showers for a day. High tide on the river this last Friday in August is just about perfect for a quick late afternoon trip to my oyster rocks in search of a nice drum or flounder. I love to fish late in the evening. The waters can be stunning and you can catch some great sunsets even if the fish do not cooperate.
However, catching a good-sized drum on August 18, only temporarily cured my drum fever.