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!  
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Hatteras First NE of the Late Summer/Early Fall Season!

The first NE blow came early this year as we are now in Day 2 of a three day run of wind and surf! Yesterday, as is typical for the first day, Old Lighthouse Beach was the call.  I made it down to join the action riding a 4.6m MS Mutant and the trusty 92 Quatro Twin, Fun Time!

An assortment of wave kiters and windsurfers, even a lone surfer, were on the water ripping in solid chest+ conditions.  Classic Lighthouse setup!

Keith snapped a few shots from yesterday.


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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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Tropical Season Revving Up?!

Looks like our first potential major storm is gearing up in the tropical Atlantic.  Forecast models have the storm definitely on a track towards the US east coast.  Hatteras is one of the spots in its possible sights.

Of course we do NOT want a repeat of an “I” named storm from 2011, however if Isaac simply spins up some nice long period ground swell to provide some fun surf along our beaches, that would be great!  Best case would be for the storm to turn north and run the Slot between Hatteras and Bermuda…, we shall see?!

Bill’s OBX Beach Life