Wind direction plays a key role. If it blows in off the ocean, it pushes warm surface water in toward shore. If it blows out, it pushes warm surface water away from shore. My guess is, the wind direction changed.Mike
The wind doesn't affect the water temperature as much south of Rodanthe because it's closer to the warm Gulf Stream. North of Rodanthe is more affected by the colder Labrador Current.John
Yeah I checked the surf reports and rodanthe down was 80 degrees while we were at 58 today! Was going to drive down for the afternoon but was worried we would get there and have storms. If tomorrow is cold water and no rain we may have to give it a try. See they have Beach access at Bodie island but didn't know if that was South enough for warmth. Thanks!
This was about a feet feet north of the Kitty Hawk pier. People fish off that pier. I would think the sharks gravitate towards the bait, but not sure.