Claude's Daily Emails

Claude's email provides a window into the comfort & repose of island living. His musings "from the back porch" include the weather, daily specials, and other interesting happenings 'round the island.
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Friday, July 20, 2018

Friday Specials at the Maritime Market - 7/20


Good Morning Fellow Islanders! It's 78 degrees 'on the front porch this morning, and the skies are grey, dark and foreboding as a mass of showers and storms head our way. The NWS has issued flash flood watches for much of the coastal counties, so for those on the road heading to or from the island, take caution when driving through the low-lying areas - especially along NC 133. We could see some short pops later this morning, but the bulk of the showers will likely arrive later this aft... more

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Thursday Specials at the Maritime Market - 7/19


Good Morning Fellow Islanders! It's 79 degrees 'on the front porch this morning, and the twilight of dawn is quickly washing away the morning stars, revealing layers of morning clouds and patchy blue sky, with a light breeze coming over the forest and laying down the South Beach surf. After two days and over two inches of rain (mostly in isolated bursts), we'll dry out a bit today, seeing mostly sunny skies and cooler northeasterly breezes as we inch up to the low 80's. Clouds will incr... more

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Weekly Specials at the Maritime Market - 7/18


Good Morning Fellow Islanders! It's 77 degrees 'on the front porch this morning, and the pre-dawn dunes are dark, damp, and dripping from an overnight squall, as a brisk breeze blows the remnants from the palms - stirring up a light mist and coating the hard surfaces under the cover. This cell has already moved off shore, and the cloud cover will dissipate, leaving us with a beautiful mostly sunny morning before the next series of storms pop up this afternoon. You'll have plenty of time... more

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Tuesday Specials at the Maritime Market - 7/17


Good Morning Fellow Islanders! It's 78 degrees 'on the front porch this morning, and a steady breeze is coming off the water - rustling the palms and cedars left drenched by an overnight thunderstorm, while the breaking dawn is revealing grey patchy clouds reflecting the pastels of the coming sunrise. The radar is fairly clear at present, with no imminent cells bearing down, but these summer squalls can materialize rather quickly, and conditions are ripe for this to continue through the... more

Monday, July 16, 2018

Monday Specials at the Maritime Market - 7/16


Good Morning Fellow Islanders! It's 77 degrees 'on the front porch this morning, and the air is heavy, still, and fragrant with the scents of the sea, as a layer of gray clouds blanket the pre-dawn sky, with the remnants of a quick spit of rain adding a glaze of humidity. The radar is showing a multitude of small cells materializing - and then vaporizing as they slowly migrate north from the sea. We'll likely miss most of these today, but their denisity will increase toward dusk, and we... more

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Sunday Specials at the Maritime Market - 7/15


Good Morning Fellow Islanders! It's 68 degrees at the BHI Conservancy's weather station and a pleasant 70 degrees 'on the front porch this morning, with calm winds, flat seas and the faint sounds of a quiet surf mingling with the songs of the early birds. With the summer solstice nearly a month behind us, the pre-dawn glow is slowly happening later in the morning as our daylight hours gradually shrink. Cooler mornings remind me of the coming autumn - our favorite season on the island - ... more

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Saturday Specials at the Maritime Market - 7/14


Good Morning Fellow Islanders! It's 79 degrees on the front porch this morning, and the breaking dawn is revealing an early cloud cover - reflecting hues of pink, purple and orange on the eastern horizon, with muted greys and patches of clear sky, with just a flutter of breeze moving the nearby palms. The early cloud cover will quickly give way to mostly sunny skies, with a steady northeasterly breeze and highs in the mid 80's. We'll cool to the mid 70's overnight, and warm to the low 8... more