Thursday, October 11, 2018

Temperatures, 1900 & 2018

I recently came across a book published in 1900, Plant Covering of Ocracoke Island; a study in the Ecology of the North Carolina Strand Vegetation, by Thomas H. Kearney. In it the author lists the "normal monthly temperatures" at Hatteras as well as the "normal daily range of [monthly] temperatures." I have used these figures to calculate the "weather averages" as listed in the second column below.  The first column below lists weather averages from NOAA for 2018. 

As you can see, the 2018 average high temperature (compared to 1900) varies from 1° higher (January) to 5° higher (April), and the 2018 average low temperature varies from 0° (January) to 4° higher (April).

Ocracoke, NC
Weather averages 
from NOAA* (2018)                                               from PCOI** (1900)

January      53° / 39°                                                         52°/39°

February    55° / 41°                                                          53°/40°

March        61° / 46°                                                         57°/44°

April           68° / 55°                                                         63°/51°

May           75° / 63°                                                         72°/61°

June           82° / 71°                                                         79°/69°

July            85° / 74°                                                         83°/73°

August        85° / 74°                                                       82°/73°

September  82° / 70°                                                       79°/69°

October      73° / 62°                                                       70°/59°

November  65° / 52°                                                      61°/50°

December  58° / 45°                                                      55°/42°

* National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 2018
** Plant covering of Ocracoke Island; a study in the ecology of the North Carolina Strand Vegegation, Kearney, Thomas H, 1900 

This month's Ocracoke Newsletter is an essay by Philip Howard explaining why he decided to stay on the island as Hurricane Florence approached. You can read it here: https://www.villagecraftsmen.com/why-i-stayed/.

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