2016 Atlantic Hurricane Season Off to an Early Start!

2016 Atlantic Storms thus far source: Wikipedia

Bonnie last week, Colin this week…. Alex back in January, we have had quite early tropical activity in the Atlantic this year.  Bonnie last week dumped copious amounts of rain on the OBX flooding much of Rt12 in the Tri Village (Rodanthe/Waves/Salvo), sections of the road on Pea Island, and central Avon.  With Colin’s rain scheduled to come in next, looks like we will not be drying out anytime soon.

Usually with tropical systems in the area, we are amped for the wind/wavesailing potential.  However, these two storms are primarily rain makers with minimal surf and inconsistent winds among the rain bands.  Nothing to get too excited about.

Yesterday (Sunday, June 5) we had some fun SSW wind across the islands with sunny skies and small surf.  A fun sesh “between storms!”  I caught it at Coqunia Beach which has some really nice outside sandbars this year; however, unfortunately without a solid swell period, the surf is pretty weak.  If only these named storms were 300 miles off Hatteras rather than spawning off FL and riding up from the south along the coast!  Oh well, we are early in the season and with the forecast La Nina this summer, perhaps we will see some more action in the Atlantic to spice up the surf conditions along the OBX?!  I remember 2005 as the year we had 28 named storms and near chest+ surf daily all summer.  Unfortunately that was also the year of Katrina, however, for summer-time OBX surf, we can only rely on named storms to provide the engine for the swell.  Lets hope for a year of named storms which remain well off the US mainland and simply run “The Slot” between Hatteras and Bermuda!  
Bill’s OBX Beach Life

Stuck on Hatteras Island Courtesy of Hurricane Arthur?

Perhaps, but for July 4 weekend, HI is the spot for ocean side FUN! Check out these snaps from Keith M from some SUP action on the holiday at Rmp 38. With the NE wind on tap today (Saturday), there is sure to be more FUN south side action! Damn, and with Rt 12 out, I am gonna miss it….bummer!
More pics from the SUP sesh at Rmp 38 on July 4, 2014
all photos:  Keith M

As for progress on Rt 12 recovery, see the NCDOT Facebook page for most recent updates/feeds/photos.  From recent posts, looks like they are progressing nicely.  Hopefully all will be back to normal on Pea Island for the forecast Bermuda High setting up this coming week?!
Bill’s OBX Beach Life

Welcome to Hurricane Season 2014

It was late spring 2010 when Nick and I made this documentary short on hurricanes – history and preparedness – early in our career of working together, and long before the Nick and Not His Mom show was even a thought.

Come along on this short journey through the beaches’ experience with tropical storms and hurricanes, and begin to plan now for the storm season we’re just beginning here.

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Atlantic Beachlife

Helping the Victims of Hurricane Sandy

Last week I had a friend in the New York/New Jersey area send out a request for donations for the victims of the hurricane.  I put a post on FB and within minutes I had people messaging me, commenting and texting me asking how they could help.  I received numerous donations on top of all the kids clothes I had stashed away.  Addison helped tape the boxes but of course she thought the clothes were for her and started modeling and trying on some of the donated items :-)   As I was packing I couldn’t help but think of all the people without power, food, water, clothes, a home, etc.  And on top of the hurricane they then received a snowstorm yesterday.  How much can one take?!?!  I’m hoping the many warm coats, pajamas, gloves, etc will be able to help as many people as possible.  This is a time for everyone to pull together and help our fellow friends and neighbors in need.  If you would like to donate any items please leave a comment below with your email address and I will send you the addresses of people/places/organizations in need.  Please help!

1st Shipment of Donations
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Our Breezy Beach Life