Outer Banks - best time to go

Outer Banks - best time to go

Post by Stefan Reitsham » Thu, 07 Jan 1993 06:10:48


hi.

I plan on going to the Outer Banks, N.C. (around Kitty Hawk) in April and
am wondering: When is the best week to go (or doesn't it matter)?

Far as I know, mid-April there should provide constant 20-25 MPH winds and
temps in the 70's (Fahrenheit). Is this accurate? Is one week better than
the rest?

If anyone knows from experience, I'd appreciate your advice. Please post here
or email me.

Thanks!
- Stefan
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Outer Banks - best time to go

Post by Pierre St. Hilai » Thu, 07 Jan 1993 12:07:36

Quote:
>I plan on going to the Outer Banks, N.C. (around Kitty Hawk) in April and
>am wondering: When is the best week to go (or doesn't it matter)?

>Far as I know, mid-April there should provide constant 20-25 MPH winds and
>temps in the 70's (Fahrenheit). Is this accurate? Is one week better than
>the rest?

        Go as early as you can in April if you are looking for high
winds. The winds in Hatteras are mostly storm driven. The Nor'easters
that roam the East coast often originate in that area because of the
temperature differential between the Gulf stream and the cold currents
that go south along the east coast. The earlier in the season, the
higher the chance of getting a good storm. April is a good compromise
between temperature and wind. Bring a drysuit, since there is no
guarantee that you will get 70 F temps! Rather expect temperatures in
the low 60's or high 50's.

As the winds are storm driven (no thermals), going for a windsurfing
vacation in Hatteras is always a ***shoot. If a high pressure center
sets in, you lose (I have been skunked once for 7 days in a row :().
This is the reason I now choose windsurfing destinations that are
thermally driven (such as the Gorge or the SF Bay area) since they are
generally more reliable. But if you are lucky, you can get some
amazing sailing in Hatteras, especially early in April. Be sure to
bring a 3.5 .

                                        Pierre St Hilaire
                                        MIT Media Lab

 
 
 

Outer Banks - best time to go

Post by Dan Drisco » Sat, 09 Jan 1993 00:21:45


Quote:
>                              Bring a drysuit, since there is no
>guarantee that you will get 70 F temps! Rather expect temperatures in
>the low 60's or high 50's.

Also bring a shorty. Seriously, I was there the last week of March in '92
and was able to sail 6 of 7 days. We had only one 70+ degree day, which
generated a nice SW thermal and out came the shorties. We also had another
day that was a blustery Northeaster where rain turned to sleet, making it
very hard to hear inside the helmets-turned-popcorn makers. Most days were
high 50s to mid 60s. It sure is a ***shoot. Bring everything you own. I
used every piece of equipment, from 7'11" boards to 9'4", 3.5M sails to
6.5M sails.