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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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

Friday, July 13, 2018

Friday Specials at the Maritime Market - 7/13


Good Morning Fellow Islanders! It's 76 degrees on the front porch this morning, having dropped 5 degrees in the last ten minutes in advance of a morning squall currently letting lose. The skies are grey, with a cool breeze blowing a light mist under the porch. This cell will move on in short order, leaving the island with a much-needed dose of liquid nourishment, and while additional pop-up showers are possible this morning, a clear radar screen behind this one portends no imminent enco... more

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Thursday Specials at the Maritime Market - 7/12


Good Morning Fellow Islanders! It's 62 degrees in Blowing Rock this morning, and we're heading down the mountain soon, and back to the warm ocean breezes of Bald Head Island. We've had a wonderful but brief getaway, and caught up with some dear friends - reminiscing about our more youthful days and giving thanks for the many blessings we have now. We also got in a couple of rounds of mountain golf - the higher elevations providing phenomenal vistas of the Blue Ridge amidst the cooler br... more

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Weekly Specials at the Maritime Market - 7/11


Good Morning Fellow Islanders! It's 64 degrees in Blowing Rock this morning, with a cool breeze coming off the mountain and a chorus of birds, dogs and roosters mingling with the babbles of the nearby creek. The air is crisp & cool, with hues of pink & purple reflecting the coming dawn. Back on BHI, it's 80 degrees, with dawn revealing mostly clear skies, and a light westerly breeze stirring up the South Beach surf. Look for mostly sunny skies today, with just a touch more humidity than... more

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Tuesday Specials at the Maritime Market - 7/10


Good Morning Fellow Islanders! It's 62 degrees in Blowing Rock this morning, and an unseasonably pleasant 67 degrees on the island, with crisp dry air and a faint breeze barely moving nearby cedars & palms, as the hues of dawn reveal mostly clear skies with a few isolated wispy clouds in the upper atmosphere. Seize this rare dry & pleasant July day with haste and get outside as quick as you can. Look for sunny skies all day, with highs in the mid 80's and light northerly breezes becomin... more