Today we have been tracking a deep 1000 millibar low pressure center that has been moving northward along the coast. Early this morning, the low was located just to the southeast over Hatteras. At 5 PM, it is located near the mouth of Delaware Bay. This storm track translates to cloudy skies and 30 knot northwesterly winds here in Elizabeth City. Since the next leg of our journey involves crossing the shallow, exposed waters of both Albemarle and Pamlico Sounds, we decide to wait out the storm in Elizabeth City.
After lunch aboard Island Spirit with friends Hayden and Radeen, we visit the Museum of the Albemarle, located just a few short steps from the waterfront. Here the history of the 13 counties that form the northeast corner of North Carolina is presented in photographs and artifacts. There is also an exhibit devoted to the role of the U.S. Coast Guard in the development of the region, since a USCG Air Station is located in Elizabeth City. Visiting this State-sponsored museum is the perfect indoor activity on a blustery day.
The wind is still whistling through the rigging, creating a haunting howl. But the barometer has bottomed out and is now on the rise. Hopefully, sunny skies and calmer conditions will prevail tomorrow. In the meantime, it is Saturday night in Elizabeth City…time to go out on the town.