Monday, November 26, 2012

Winter Roses

A few days before Thanksgiving I noticed these lovely winter roses blooming in my front yard. Maybe they are a sign that winter won't be too severe.

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is the story of the day Charles Lindbergh landed on Ocracoke. You can read it here:


  1. Great photo! Kind of hope you're right, but I wouldn't mind a little snow... as long as it magically doesn't stick to the roads and the driveway...

  2. Anonymous9:10 AM


    Your comment about a winter that's not "too severe" begs the heated issue (no pun intended) of climate change--from the perspective of folks like you who live at, near, and sometimes UNDER sea level.

    As "a" voice of Ocracoke, would you share your thoughts/observations on the subject?

    Global warming or no, here in SW PA, recent winters have seemed balmier and comparatively mild, though when we "have" had storms they've been doozies.

    Thanks, as always.

  3. Anon 9:10 -- I accept the overwhelming majority conclusion of professional climatologists, as published in peer reviewed journals. See

    Coastal geologists are suggesting that the Outer Banks may one day be more like a "string of pearls." Or, perhaps, the islands will migrate to the west, leaving the road behind.

    Ocracoke village is located on what was at one time an "inside island" (much as Roanoke Island is today). It is one of the most stable areas of the Outer Banks. In fact, all of the historic Outer Banks villages were built on the sound side where they are less vulnerable to erosion.

    No one knows if or when Ocracoke village might become relatively isolated from the northern Banks, but Ocracoke has been a thriving community with a robust tourist industry long before paved roads and ferries connected this village to Hatteras. And Ocracoke has survived numerous storms and hurricanes for nearly 300 years.

    With that said, there may come a day when Oracoke will be unable to support the level of development we have today, though I believe this community will continue to thrive by being resilient and creative.

  4. Anonymous6:41 PM

    Anon 9:10 again, Philip.

    Thank you for your follow-up post and the background info.

    I share your sentiments about climate change.

    Have you yourself noticed substantive changes affecting island weather, weather patterns, and the resulting outcomes over the years?

    Thanks again.

    Always an engaging and informative read.

  5. Anon 9:10/6:41 -- There is no question that Ocracoke Island winters are warmer than they were 40 years ago. In the 1970s it was not unusual for Silver Lake Harbor to occasionally freeze over, or partly freeze over. It has been quite a while since that has happened. No doubt a decline in water quality is also a contributing factor, but recent winter temperatures seldom fall below freezing for very long.