We are used to weather changing frequently here along North Carolina's coast.
Our own weather is enough of a challenge at times, but we also get to be the birthplace of many storms. That would include the Nor'easter which started spinning up on November 1, 2014.
As you can see from the picture, things look pretty stormy Saturday morning, November 1. That morning we were watching a storm start to develop. In spite of that in less than an hour, clouds were gone and we were looking at blue sky. A band of rain and clouds from the new storm had snagged us early, but it soon moved off the coast and while developing produced some strong winds along the Northern Outer Banks.
It was over four hours before we saw any more precipitation and then it was very light. In spite of being the birth place of storms, we sometimes escape with almost no bad weather from these storms. We only got one tenth of an inch of rain and a few hours of strong winds out of this most recent storm. We were far luckier than areas to the west of us.
Of course these storms often grow in strength after they head north. The reason we get to watch storms be birthed is that the Labrador Current runs into the Gulf Stream just off the North Carolina coast.
With warm and cold waters colliding nearby, our area is a great place for storms to spring to life. As is often the case, we are having more problems with the aftermath of the storm than the storm itself. This time the rotation of the storm sucked down some very cold air.
That means that Sunday night, we might see our first frost of the year. Our yards are already done for the year, but many of us who live close to the water get a very nice fall crop of vegetables if we can sneak through a few cold days. I have my fingers crossed that I might get a December tomato and some November green beans. We are already enjoying some broccoli from a neighbor's garden and our own broccoli will be ready in the next few days.
As this most recent storm headed north, we heard reports of snow in the mountains of North Carolina and Virginia. Our friends in Maritime Canada and Maine are bearing the brunt of this Sunday night storm that started here early Saturday morning.
Weather is a big part of life at the coast. Because fall is definitely the best season of all, it is nice when one of the storms that get birthed here gets out of our way and takes its bad weather and sometimes nasty snowstorms far to the north.
We usually sneak in plenty of great weather later in the fall season. Likely the weather will not be as consistent as it has been in October, but the Crystal Coast usually has a wonderful, long fall and nice days in November or even December are not that rare.
If you have some free time, fall is a great time to visit the Carolina Coast. If you are interested in more articles about the area, check out the index on this page, my Crystal Coast Life page, or visit my special page with an archive of older articles about the area.