Yesterday a reader asked, "is the " 'weren't even any bugs' report something that's in any way predictable down there?"
Well, first of all, this has been the near perfect, bug-free summer (so far). Of course there is the occassional skeeter at dusk and the horsefly now and again on the beach (by the way, today was the near perfect beach day -- warm & sunny with gently rolling waves big enough to play in). But no swarms of biting insects, like we sometimes have. I suppose the conditions have been just right, especially the paucity of any significant rain these last several weeks.
So, I'd say there is no real prediction possible, though a wet season typically brings on the bugs. But it's difficult to see what's coming more than a week or so in the future, and even then we're often wrong. I'd say just come on down and hope for the best. Even when the bugs are bad, you're still on Ocracoke!
You can read our latest newsletter here. It's about Ocracoke Islanders and "tokens of death."