What a dramatic change we've seen in our weather patterns.
Most of 2013 consisted of outstanding and almost abnormally fair weather.
Most locals would tell you that in January, you could be wearing flip flops one day and snow boots the next.
don't disagree with that, but since I moved here at the turn of the
century weather in January and February seems to have been consistently
more pleasant than not.
It seems that I've spent more time in fair weather clothing than in cold weather clothing in the past several winters.
Sure it has gotten cold, but it hasn't seemed to last for extended periods.
can remember back to when I was a kid growing up in Chesapeake and back
then when winter hit you were basically in cold weather gear for three
or four months and you could expect it to snow a few times at a minimum.
can remember the so-called “Blizzard of 1980” that dumped an
unreal amount of snow so fast that it actually trapped people who had
come to see the circus inside the Norfolk Scope Arena. My father was an
assistant superintendent with the City of Norfolk at the time and my
house was buzzing because of the havoc such a storm had brought.
can remember building tunnels and igloos in the 3-foot snow drifts
along our fence. From a 6-year-old's perspective, it was great.
was prior to my neighborhood having access to cable -- this was before
there were 24-hour news stations or even the Weather Channel.
Well, now we do have multiple 24-hour news channels, the Weather Channel, the worldwide Web, and home meteorologists.
Thus far in 2014, the northeast has been hit with one cold and blustery storm after another that has brought snow and ice.
These storms have been blamed by meteorologists on arctic blasts, polar vortexes, and evil elves with black fairy dust.
was my understanding as a child that this type of weather during
December, January, February, or March in an area that is supposed to
have four seasons was simply referred to as -- winter.
acknowledge that there hasn't been a normal or typical winter in the
past couple of decades and you could try and blame that on global
warming, climate change, Al Gore or George Bush, but that doesn't
change the fact that when we actually get cold, snowy weather for an
extended period of time that it's simply just winter.
As I sit here and bang away on my keyboard, the forecast is predicting anywhere from 3 inches to possibly a foot of snow.
And, man, you would think the world was ending.
media, blogs, and Web forums have been abuzz with pics of bread aisles
and milk coolers wiped out in area grocery stores by those preparing
for the great Polar Vortex of 2014 to wipe us off the planet.
This is obviously Nostradamus's predicted Armageddon--or it could just be winter.
pipes will freeze, car accidents will occur, and children will miss
school, but I am sure the human race will prevail in the end.
39 years old and a medical record that looks like "War and Peace,"
there are few parts on me that are looking forward to cold and frigid
weather packed with snow and ice.
But I will embrace it for what it's worth and all along I'll be hoping for summer to arrive as soon as possible.
The cold, blustery weather has made it a hard go for fishing on all fronts along the Outer Banks.
the fleets have made it out, they have reported some good blackfin tuna
fishing, along with some great king mackerel fishing.
tuna continue to elude the fleets and all those involved with filming
for the National Geographic Channel’s “Wicked Tuna: North vs. South.”
The score board for the new TV show remains at zero for all.
Scattered puppy drum and speckled trout have made the reports on occasion from the surf.
cold fronts could (I stress could) have long term affects on puppy drum
and speckled trout fishing this year if the sound waters get very cold
and frozen, which can lead to cold-stunned fish.
Small parts of
the sound had ice here and there, and it's a little early to know any
repercussions from this, although I did see some pics of dead trout up
to 26 inches that were said to be victims of cold stun from the
Virginia Beach, Lynnhaven area.
We'll just have to wait and see.
I usually end my columns with "Go fishing," but this time I think I'll just say, "Stay warm."
You'll be back in your flip flops and T-shirts soon enough.
Alderman has lived on the Outer Banks for more than 12 years and has
worked in the recreational fishing industry the entire time. A former
variety fishing TV show host, beach fishing guide, tackle shop and pier
employee, Rob currently owns and operates Outer Banks Kayak Fishing. He
is on the Pro-Staff of Bending Branches LLC, Wilderness Systems Kayaks
and Release Reels. You can follow his adventures at www.FishMilitia.com or OuterBanksKayakFishing.com.)