Waves on Bluewater Cove's Inlet

Submitted by OcracokeWaves on Tue, 04/05/2011 - 16:40.

If there is one thing you can count on during a coastal spring, it is wind. On April 3 we arrived home from a recent trip to the west and north. We came back a day early because of the forecast that there might be severe storms on April 4 or 5.

It turned out that April 4 was a day of continuous strong winds. Lots of times the winds aren't aligned to blow in our inlet at Bluewater Cove, but April 4 was not one of those days.

We don't have a wind sock here in Bluewater Cove, but on April 4 there was a young lady sitting on a bench facing right out Raymond's Gut towards the White Oak River.  I was on the far side of the water stalking herons when I saw her sit down and start reading a book in what I estimated to be 30 MPH winds. 

I was trying to figure out if she was one of our close friend's daughters, but when I looked through my telephoto lens, I just had to take a picture of her ponytail. Only a teenager could be oblivious to that much wind.

The winds were pushing the water into our inlet enough that some tiny waves formed as you can see from the post picture.

The winds blew all day April 4.  The herons even holed up in the woods. The White Oak River looked pretty dark and foreboding when I got to the end of my walk.  However, we did not get our storm until sometime between 8 and 9 AM on the morning of April 5.  We got one half inch of rain and very little lightning with wind no worse than the day before.

We were lucky though, the Southern Outer Banks seems to have been spared the really nasty weather that hit to the west of us. Family members in the Charlotte area told us that the winds early the morning of April 5 were the worst that they had ever felt.  One of the television stations is reporting that the Charlotte area fire departments responded to 180 incidents after 2 AM on April 5.

We now have some blue sky showing, sunshine, and the winds have died down considerably.  The temperature also appears to be dropping. I guess it back to blue jeans for a day or two.  You never know what spring weather will throw at you.

On March 29 there was hardly a ripple on Raymond's Gut, and we had a frost that ran down to the water.   It is not unusual for winds to pesky this time of year, but that was not the case the morning of the frost.  Still I often feel like we spend much of the spring waiting for the winds to die down.

This isn't the first time the winds have made an appearance this spring, and it certainly won't be the last time. While the "waves" might be tiny, it was plenty windy.  I am just happy we came through the storm  will little trouble and that blue skies have returned.

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