A Great Day to Be on the Beach
A day like we had today is a rare Outer Banks treat in February. Warm temperatures, a breeze from the southwest and the waves were breaking beautifully this morning.
Of course, the water temperature is still 45-50 degrees, so no one was in the water in shorts, but there were still a fair number of surfers and SUPs on the water—in dry suits.
It’s still a little early to tell, but it may be that a sandbar is forming across from where John’s Drive-in is located.
One of the effects of beach nourishment—and the entire Kitty Hawk beach was nourished—is sand from the beach forms a sandbar in the near shore. That sandbar is the part of the way beach nourishment protects the roads and homes along the shoreline.
If a sandbar is forming there, it would be there first time in a while that a sandbar has appeared there.
Farther north, a little south of Pelican’s Perch—that’s the pink Joe Lamb, Jr. home that sits out on the beach—the sandbar is well formed and there were a number of surfers and SUP catching some waves.
It wasn’t just surfers enjoying a rare springlike day in February; dogs were out with their friends, their barks filled with joy. Quite a number of couples were strolling along the beach looking for sea glass and interesting shells.
A man with a metal detector was scouring the sand. Hadn’t found much though—an old nail that appeared to be square cut, raising the possibility that it came from a wooden shipwreck—although that would be a remote possibility.
Of course 70 degrees in February is different than 70 degrees in July, but today was a great tease for the upcoming season.
And…it looks as though we’ll have a few more days like today on tap.