Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Snow....35 Years Ago

I know this doesn't compare with the snow in Boston (and many other places) this year, but I thought our readers might like to see two vintage photos of a major Ocracoke snowfall that occurred in the first couple days of March 1980. The storm dumped about two feet of snow on the island. The temperature was way below freezing, and the power went out.

The first photo is of Berkley Manor, taken from NC Highway 12.

The next photo was taken looking the other direction. You can see the lighthouse in the distance. 

This month's Ocracoke Newsletter is research into the origin of the Ocracoke Island Wahab family. You can read the article here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news022115.htm.


  1. That was one of the fiercest storms I have seen. In Rodanthe the drifts were several feet high and as I recall, the northeast wind was of hurricane force. We also saw the seas running down highway 12 with floating chunks of snow and ice.

    1. Just last night I was chatting with a neighbor about that storm. She remembered calling her dog from the porch, and wondering why she was so slow coming. Finally she realized that the tide had come in (covered with a think layer of snow!). The dog was swimming through the ice cold water.