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What month is warm enough to swim in the ocean?
Posted By: Missingthebch - (Send PM)
Member Since: 8/17/2011
Location: Mason oh
Total Posts: 3

Date Posted: 12/31/2011 11:40 AM




Hi, when is the earliest month to come to the outerbanks and swim in the ocean? I miss it and want to come back as soon as I can!

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RE: What month is warm enough to swim in the ocean?
Posted By: OBXMedic - (Send PM)
Member Since: 2/7/2004
Location: Garrettsville, OH
Total Posts: 692

Date Posted: 12/31/2011 12:33 PM




I don't swim my self, but our kids swam in the ocean the first or second week in June. Of course it all depends on the wind direction, temps can change 20 degrees in a day.

Bill

RE: What month is warm enough to swim in the ocean?
Posted By: Tim-OBX - (Send PM)
Member Since: 6/2/2004
Location: Kitty Hawk
Total Posts: 13711

Date Posted: 12/31/2011 1:57 PM




June is the earliest unless you wear a wet suit or can really tolerate cold water. Often June provides nice warm days but the water can still be to cold without a wet suit, it really varies. The last two years you would have been in luck, the years before not so much and 2012 is still up in the air. Later June is usually a pretty good bet for nice water on most days.

RE: What month is warm enough to swim in the ocean?
Posted By: mnhenderson - (Send PM)
Member Since: 4/16/2007
Location: Baltimore,OH
Total Posts: 2473

Date Posted: 12/31/2011 3:01 PM




My son swims every year during Memorial Day week. Some years,I get in,and others,it's a little chilly for me.The wind direction can really decide what the swim activity for the day will be. Sun

RE: What month is warm enough to swim in the ocean?
Posted By: robschonk - (Send PM)
Member Since: 2/23/2009
Location: Avon/Norfolk
Total Posts: 4880

Date Posted: 12/31/2011 3:10 PM




Sooner from Buxton South. Depends on your cold tolerance. The water on the flats and in the canals warms up quickly. With the disparity between Ocean and Sound water temps, some interesting weather can spawn.

Here's a link to the Duck piers historical data:

http://www.frf.usace.army.mil/waverdr630/realtime.shtml

And the satellite water loop:

http://marine.rutgers.edu/mrs/sat_data/?nothumbs=0&product=sst®ion=capehat

RE: What month is warm enough to swim in the ocean?
Posted By: Alexy - (Send PM)
Member Since: 7/10/2008
Location: Warrenton VA and Frisco NC
Total Posts: 4089

Date Posted: 12/31/2011 3:24 PM




I used to swim all the time in San Diego Bay when it was a tepid 54 degrees. USA Flag

Just depends on what you are willing to take and how young and dumb you are. -)

RE: What month is warm enough to swim in the ocean?
Posted By: Koronin - (Send PM)
Member Since: 10/27/2008
Location: NC
Total Posts: 3263

Date Posted: 12/31/2011 5:35 PM




For the Outer Banks I'd say late June. Farther south The Crystal Coast and south would be early May, possibly April depending on temps, wind, ect. The Buxton/Hatteras area of Hatteras Island you might be able to swim in in late May.

RE: What month is warm enough to swim in the ocean?
Posted By: Salvo Jimmy - (Send PM)
Member Since: 10/19/2008
Location: Salvo NC / Hampton VA
Total Posts: 2723

Date Posted: 12/31/2011 5:47 PM




This site will give you the temp at Duck Pier

www.wunderground.com/MAR/AM/152.html

RE: What month is warm enough to swim in the ocean?
Posted By: Salvo Jimmy - (Send PM)
Member Since: 10/19/2008
Location: Salvo NC / Hampton VA
Total Posts: 2723

Date Posted: 12/31/2011 5:49 PM




And this site has Avon Pier.

But as said it can change rapidly with wind and/or current

www.fishweather.com/windandwhere.iws?newHomeRegionID=110&newHomeSiteID=137

RE: What month is warm enough to swim in the ocean?
Posted By: Butterfly24 - (Send PM)
Member Since: 5/13/2008
Location: Montgomery, IL
Total Posts: 910

Date Posted: 12/31/2011 5:52 PM




We typically travel in June to the outer banks and we are almost always able to get into the water. Like others said it depends on the wind. We went in August last year and the water was very cold one day.

RE: What month is warm enough to swim in the ocean?
Posted By: home*sweet*home - (Send PM)
Member Since: 11/13/2009
Location: Currituck Mainland
Total Posts: 1162

Date Posted: 12/31/2011 6:04 PM




If you are from Maine, maybe sometime in March.

If you are from Florida, probably not until August.

RE: What month is warm enough to swim in the ocean?
Posted By: Missingthebch - (Send PM)
Member Since: 8/17/2011
Location: Mason oh
Total Posts: 3

Date Posted: 1/23/2012 2:09 PM




Thank you all for the information! I can't wait to visit!! Theeth smiley Theeth smiley

RE: What month is warm enough to swim in the ocean?
Posted By: Slatts - (Send PM)
Member Since: 2/2/2006
Location: NW Jersey
Total Posts: 170

Date Posted: 1/23/2012 2:24 PM




Keep in mind that any day in the Outer Banks, the water can be 75 one day and 55 the next. We had that happen several times in June last year.

RE: What month is warm enough to swim in the ocean?
Posted By: gfury - (Send PM)
Member Since: 6/13/2009
Location: Maryland/Nags Head
Total Posts: 1204

Date Posted: 1/23/2012 3:11 PM




Keep in mind that any day in the Outer Banks, the water can be 75 one day and 55 the next. We had that happen several times in June last year.



What causes that? Whistle

RE: What month is warm enough to swim in the ocean?
Posted By: 14 hours away - (Send PM)
Member Since: 3/29/2011
Location: Indiana
Total Posts: 1129

Date Posted: 1/23/2012 4:21 PM




I would not recomend this for kids or any one with common sence, but we have swam in April. no wet or dry suit and yes it was cold!!!!

You have to realize we come from the mid west where it is cold in the winter and we even do the polar bear plunge for special Olympics. Many of the years doing the plunge they have to take chain saws to cut an opening in the ice for the ppl to jump in. Insanely cold!!!!

We always get into the water when we are here except for once and that was december.

But to be fair, wait till June or July when it warms up and it is pleasant and fun for all!!! Big grin

RE: What month is warm enough to swim in the ocean?
Posted By: Pickle - (Send PM)
Member Since: 9/3/2009
Location: Kitty Hawk
Total Posts: 1158

Date Posted: 1/23/2012 4:26 PM




As a retired Charter Boat Captain I pay a lot of attention to Water Temps. A lot has been said here so far. I agree with June for the whole Outer Banks North of Buxton. From Buxton to Hatteras the beach faces more to the South and naturally will warm up a little faster along with Ocracoke. Also these beaches that face more South will be affected differently by winds than the upper Outer Banks which face East. I would like to add a few comments not mentioned. First be careful of printed Weather averages for example Outer Banks Visitor's Bureau. They are averages for the whole Outer Banks and it shows 68 degrees for May. No way if you are in Corolla. Next what is the definition of the word swim. Most people would say swim is full immersion in the water for an extended period of time. Most adults would need from 68 to 75 to swim. Remember this is not Florida. Do children really swim? I would say children mostly "Frolic" in the surf and they can first, take a lower temperature than most middle aged adults and two, they really don't swim fully immersed. Therefore children would be happy with the low temps of 62 to 65 in late May or a bad early June. Finally be careful of Water temps you get from the many different sources. First is it Surf Zone? Where was it taken (Corolla or Hatteras)Is it surface or mid depth? What kind of Instrument was used? What time of day? and on and on. I'm not trying to be Dr. Doom and Gloom, I love the Outer Banks, been here for a long time, but don't expect Florida Water or Warm Pool Water anytime. If you need more than 75 to 77 degree water in August try looking eslewhere

RE: What month is warm enough to swim in the ocean?
Posted By: lance - (Send PM)
Member Since: 2/7/2004
Location: cleveland,oh(westpark)
Total Posts: 1664

Date Posted: 1/23/2012 7:32 PM




we mostly vacation in Avon in mid May, and always found the water "swimmable' we can spend hours up to our heads in the waves... some years it was colder, but usually in the low 60's if i remember correctly. the last few years we have went around june 9th and the water is very nice. it is always a little bit of a shock when the water hits you "above the knees" then when you have to put your head under, but just like a cool shower, you quickly get used to it.


fyi, about 10 years ago we happened to go in early march during my wife's college spring break, and me and her spent a good hour in the water in march...... it was cold, but worth it..

RE: What month is warm enough to swim in the ocean?
Posted By: dss1025 - (Send PM)
Member Since: 5/3/2010
Location: NE Ohio
Total Posts: 219

Date Posted: 1/23/2012 10:25 PM




We used to go at the end of July and obviously had no problems but our last three trips have been the second/third week of June and never have had major problems. Last time we went, the first day the water was in the low 60s and the second day was in the upper 70s. Like others have stated, it just depends on the winds and current.

RE: What month is warm enough to swim in the ocean?
Posted By: pens4821 - (Send PM)
Member Since: 1/21/2011
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Total Posts: 803

Date Posted: 1/23/2012 10:33 PM




We go the first week of May, and the water is quite cold, but if you get a warm enough day it actually feels rather refreshing. If you can tolerate a bit of cold, then first week of May will work. It's not like it's ice, but it isn't warm either. We aren't the only people in either, there are usually others in the water this time of year too (not alot, but you can always see people in it).

RE: What month is warm enough to swim in the ocean?
Posted By: Surfpainter - (Send PM)
Member Since: 1/26/2009
Location: Carova Beach, NC
Total Posts: 2967

Date Posted: 1/24/2012 8:05 AM




As a retired Charter Boat Captain I pay a lot of attention to Water Temps. A lot has been said here so far. I agree with June for the whole Outer Banks North of Buxton. From Buxton to Hatteras the beach faces more to the South and naturally will warm up a little faster along with Ocracoke. Also these beaches that face more South will be affected differently by winds than the upper Outer Banks which face East. I would like to add a few comments not mentioned. First be careful of printed Weather averages for example Outer Banks Visitor's Bureau. They are averages for the whole Outer Banks and it shows 68 degrees for May. No way if you are in Corolla. Next what is the definition of the word swim. Most people would say swim is full immersion in the water for an extended period of time. Most adults would need from 68 to 75 to swim. Remember this is not Florida. Do children really swim? I would say children mostly "Frolic" in the surf and they can first, take a lower temperature than most middle aged adults and two, they really don't swim fully immersed. Therefore children would be happy with the low temps of 62 to 65 in late May or a bad early June. Finally be careful of Water temps you get from the many different sources. First is it Surf Zone? Where was it taken (Corolla or Hatteras)Is it surface or mid depth? What kind of Instrument was used? What time of day? and on and on. I'm not trying to be Dr. Doom and Gloom, I love the Outer Banks, been here for a long time, but don't expect Florida Water or Warm Pool Water anytime. If you need more than 75 to 77 degree water in August try looking eslewhere



This is the best explanation! Well said.

RE: What month is warm enough to swim in the ocean?
Posted By: hoi toide - (Send PM)
Member Since: 5/24/2007
Location: Piney Woods of TX
Total Posts: 12095

Date Posted: 1/24/2012 8:09 AM




Keep in mind that any day in the Outer Banks, the water can be 75 one day and 55 the next. We had that happen several times in June last year.



What causes that? Whistle



does your Mommy know you're on the computer AGAIN?!? Wink smiley

RE: What month is warm enough to swim in the ocean?
Posted By: billfish - (Send PM)
Member Since: 10/21/2009
Location:
Total Posts: 980

Date Posted: 1/24/2012 7:59 PM




I think he was makin' a "bluecountry" reference there,Amy. Big grin

RE: What month is warm enough to swim in the ocean?
Posted By: adicecream - (Send PM)
Member Since: 4/16/2011
Location:
Total Posts: 11

Date Posted: 1/25/2012 5:25 PM




We used to go to Corolla during May and the crazy people in the family always got in the water. Most of them are from upstate NY and didn't think the air or the water was too cold. The rest of us maybe got in the pool once if the sun was out.

RE: What month is warm enough to swim in the ocean?
Posted By: gfury - (Send PM)
Member Since: 6/13/2009
Location: Maryland/Nags Head
Total Posts: 1204

Date Posted: 1/26/2012 3:56 PM




Keep in mind that any day in the Outer Banks, the water can be 75 one day and 55 the next. We had that happen several times in June last year.



What causes that? Whistle



does your Mommy know you're on the computer AGAIN?!? Wink smiley



I was wonderin' if anyone was gonna take the bait Laughing smiley

RE: What month is warm enough to swim in the ocean?
Posted By: maslin - (Send PM)
Member Since: 10/25/2006
Location: KDH, NC
Total Posts: 2043

Date Posted: 1/27/2012 4:25 PM




The YMCA is having a "Penguin Plunge" (polar plunge is copyrighted) on February 25. So I'd have to say February Wink smiley

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