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Weathering our island weather

Friday 29 January 2010 at 1:13 pm Two meteorologists from The National Weather Service in Newport came to Hatteras on Tuesday, Jan. 26, with a message for us.

They want to hear from us to help them improve their coastal flooding forecasts, especially for soundside flooding.

And there may be an opportunity this weekend for us to help them out.

Meteorologists Brian Cullen and Scott Kennedy spoke to about two dozen islanders at a community forum on forecasting the weather on Hatteras and Ocracoke. Read More

Saving Serendipity

Friday 22 January 2010 at 5:10 pm The beach cottage Serendipity is without a doubt the second most photographed structure on Hatteras Island – after the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse.

And the move of the house out of harm’s way on the oceanfront – or in the ocean more often than not lately -- has been almost as well documented as the move of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse in 1999.

Serendipity, the northernmost house on Hatteras Island in Rodanthe’s Mirlo Beach, has captured the imagination of both islanders and visitors who have been trekking here to take pictures of the house for years and were on hand for the move this past week.

First they came by the dozens to see the house being prepared for the move. Steel beams and wooden cribbing were placed underneath for support.

Then last Friday, Jan. 15, a larger crowd gathered at the site to see Serendipity’s pilings cut away and watch it being lowered by the hydraulic jacks onto the big fat tires on which it would rest for its trip down Highway 12.

It was quite a spectacle when it finally made the trip on Monday, Jan. 18. Read More

The update on ORV rulemaking is that it’s not yet ready for public comment

Friday 08 January 2010 at 3:41 pm If you find the weather outside is frightful – as in frightfully freezing – you can plan a trip to some warm place, if you can find one, and you won’t miss out on comment periods or meetings on the National Park Service’s effort to formulate an ORV plan for the Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

In a November blog I wrote that seashore Superintendent Mike Murray said he hoped the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) and the park’s preferred alternative for managing off-road vehicles would be ready for public comment and public meetings at the end of December or early January.

Now Murray says that time frame is being pushed back again. Read More