Sometimes the weather plays tricks on you. You get a sense that you are in a place where you know you cannot be.
That happened to me a few days ago, I had just returned from a walk in the fog and we got in the car and headed across the bridge to Emerald Isle. With the cold weather that visited us recently, it was no surprise to see fog on Bogue Sound.
However the light, temperature, clouds, and colors conspired to make me think that I was back in Nova Scotia. Nova Scotia seems to get more than its fair share of foggy days. Here near the Carolina coast we get a few visits from the fog fairy each year, but blue skies are a lot more common.
A day in when the temperature is between sixty-five and seventy degrees Fahreheit even in November is not that uncommon here along the Crystal Coast. That is especially true since our average high temperature in November is sixty-five. In the first twenty-five days of November 2014, we managed twelve days within that range. We even had some sixty-five degree low temperatures.
However, you would have to be in the middle of the summer in Nova Scotia to experience temperatures in that same range. This past summer, which was a warm one in Halifax, saw every day but three get up in the sixty-five to seventy degrees Fahrenheit range. However so far in Novermber of 2014, Halifax, Nova Scotia has only managed three days over sixty five.
Another thing which made me feel like I was in Nova Scotia was the water temperature. After our cold snap, the water in the river and sounds dropped into the upper forties. That is not far off summer water temperatures in Nova Scotia.
Most of our fog in the marshes disappeared today because the shallow marsh water rapidly equalizes with the air temperature. While it stayed in the mid-sixties all day, it has started to rain this evening as another nor'easter is about to spin up off our coast.
We will see some rain, maybe even a lot of rain, but our air temperature will not be so cold that we have to worry about snow. Nova Scota will likely go from rain to freezing rain then to snow and then back to rain with some more snow thrown in for good measure.
While there are not any spruce trees in Nova Scotia that are the height of our pines, at a distance our forests look similar. In fact even when the fog is gone, the blues and greens of Bogue Sound remind me a lot of Nova Scotia from the air.
Sometimes when a quick front passes here on our coast I am also reminded of the power of the weather both here and in Canada.
While the climate along the Crystal Coast is about as different as it can get from Nova Scotia, there are elements of the weather that help me drift back to those very happy years in Canada that are the basis of our book, A Taste for the Wild, Canada's Maritimes.
With that in mind, I will enjoy our North Carolina foggy days which let me relive the seventies and eighties when I was living in the different but similar world of Martime Canada.