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Old 03-23-2012, 08:30 AM
 
Location: Cape Carteret, NC
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I have already enjoyed an inland spring with its burst of color. Now that I am home at the coast, the wisteria is blooming and some of the azaleas are starting to show their colors, but more importantly the beach is calling me. With the water temperature in our river, the White Oak, already at 70F, I am wondering when I will stick my toes in the ocean water for the first time this year? Will it be in March instead of April like last year? I'm headed over to Emerald Isle to figure it out today.

My thoughts on spring at the beach compared to spring in the Piedmont & Mountains.

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Old 03-24-2012, 06:59 AM
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Temps are in the 60's, I doubt you will dip in more than a toe! Have fun doing so!
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Old 03-24-2012, 07:34 AM
 
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Temps are in the 60's, I doubt you will dip in more than a toe! Have fun doing so!
Folks are already in the water. Air temperature is playing a role and in the upper 60's and low 70's not as many takers as in the upper 70's low 80's. A week ago today with air temperatures in the low 80's there were at least 1-2 dozen people in the water at any given time. The beach at Carolina Beach was crowded and the parking lots full. A number of people did as you suggested and either never tried or stopped at their toes. I did the never tried. I figure I will have plenty of time for the ocean and soon. I was surprised by how many were in. Like you and the OP I expected to see this number in on April 17 not March 17.
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Old 03-26-2012, 06:15 AM
 
Location: Cape Carteret, NC
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My trip over to the beaches on March 23 was amazing. Not only was it warm behind the dune line, it was warm out on the beach and in the water. With water begging to be waded in, I walked in the water for close to a mile.

We had over an inch of rain over the weekend, and there is some much cooler night time temperatures on the way, but spending that much time in the water at this time of year is a first for me.
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