The cold front has passed and in its aftermath, temperatures have plummeted, the skies are overcast and rain is in the forecast. The high temperature in Elizabeth City today is a breezy 55 degrees.
The weather picture in coastal North Carolina has become more complicated. The remnants of a tropical system from Florida will move north along the coast and merge with today’s cold front from the west to create a classic nor’easter that will bring high winds and unsettled weather to the area for the next few days. Light rain is falling in Elizabeth City with heavier rain expected overnight. Winds on Saturday are expected to be out of the northeast at 25 knots with gusts to 30. Given this forecast, we are staying put until there is a turn for the better in the weather. Albemarle Sound is the next attraction on our route. This shallow body of water is notoriously nasty in windy conditions. We intend to error on the side of caution. We are in no particular hurry. After all, it is late October. Stormy weather is a natural part of the mix at this time of year. Besides, Elizabeth City is a good place to wait out a nor’easter.
Our entertainment today is a trip to the local grocery store. At noon, a driver from the store meets us at our dock and shuttles us to and from the store. It is a very nice grocery store, but it is located two miles from the waterfront on a highway that is not particularly pedestrian or bicycle-friendly. The shuttle service offerred by the grocery store is another example of Elizabeth City’s hospitality.
Tonight we will enjoy game 7 of the World Series from the comfort and warmth of our cozy cabin.