A taste of relief and now a wet morning

Submitted by OcracokeWaves on Sat, 12/18/2010 - 15:11.

Friday December 17 was a nice day on the Crystal Coast.  We managed to get to about 50F. Fortunately we have enjoyed a few similar days this week.

As I "rested my eyes" in the parking lot near TJ Maxx in Morehead City, the warm sun was a welcome visitor.  We have seen far too much cold weather already this winter.

We eventually ended up along the beach yesterday, and I snapped this picture near Salter Path.

Some friends who live up the White Oak River told me that last week the White Oak froze half way across near their home which isn't too far from where the river starts to narrow close to Stella.

There have been reports of a number of trout killed by the cold waters.  I saw one comment that the weather here has not been this cold since 1989.

I read one weather blog which said London, England might end up with the coldest December since the sixteen hundreds. I just read that Sweden, no stranger to cold weather, is having the coldest winter in 100 years.

The US map of record low temperatures and record minimum high temperatures in the last week still looks very impressive in spite of things warming up a bit.

While Friday, December 17, was nice here on the Southern Outer Banks, this last Saturday before Christmas looks like it is going to be a tough one for the stores.

I just managed to get the almost dry pillows off our deck before the rains started at around 8 AM this morning.  While I love the view from our deck, it is a little cool to sit up there this time of year.

We have had our gas fireplace on all morning.  Some gas heat is nice to have on a chilly damp morning.

I would love to have a sunny Saturday, but given what everyone else is enduring, I will not complain very loudly.  It looks like the rain is only going to last a day. 

After all, some of this wet weather weather to the west of us might well be frozen, and we should not forget that our damp day storm is going to morph into a full fledged blizzard once it reaches Maritime Canada.

I hope it isn't too bad since parts of the area are still recovering from flooding earlier in the week.

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