Cedar Island, North Carolina

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Ferry harbor at Cedar Island

Cedar Island is an island and a small coastal unincorporated community in eastern North Carolina. It is located in Carteret County. It was populated with local Native Americans prior to the arrival of European settlers. It is also the location of the state ferry transportation system dock where travel can be made across Pamlico Sound to the island and village of Ocracoke in Hyde County.[1]

Roads

There are only two main roads on Cedar Island. Northbound Route 12 is the only way to drive to Cedar Island without using a ferry connection. Southbound North Carolina Highway 12 continues from the ferry terminal across Cedar island to meet with U.S. Route 70 on the mainland near the community of Sea Level. Motorists traveling north on N.C. 12 board the ferry to Ocracoke Island from Cedar Island.

Amenities

In 2005, the population of Cedar Island was about 350. Many residents are fishermen, though fishing is declining in the area. The other major employer is the North Carolina Ferry System. There are three churches on the island: Methodist, Free Will Baptist, and Primitive Baptist. The Methodist and Free Will Baptist maintain regular meetings and Sunday services. There are a few local businesses.

Cedar Island is about 4 miles (6.4 km) long, extending from the "Lola" village, down the bay, on the southeast end near the Core Sound and Lewis Creek, up to the Ferry Station at the north side of the island, bordering Pamlico Sound. The main village of Cedar Island, formerly known as "Roe" is located along the north central portion of the island. There is a fisherman's harbor in this area.

Cedar Island has sandy beaches backed up against stands of juniper (mistaken by early settlers for cedars) and pine. More than half of Cedar Island belongs to the (Federal) Cedar Island Wildlife Refuge.[2] The refuge is open for hiking and has a headquarters and information kiosk at the south end of the island, near the end of Lola Road. There are boat ramps for public use.

Climate

The climate of Cedar Island is cooler than inland areas in the summer and warmer in the winter, and it is occasionally hit by hurricanes in the fall. Temperatures do not often fall below freezing in the winter, nor do they often rise above 90 degrees in the summer.

Climate data for Cedar Island, North Carolina (1981–2010 normals, extremes 1955–present)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 86
(30)
85
(29)
88
(31)
95
(35)
98
(37)
101
(38)
103
(39)
102
(39)
98
(37)
98
(37)
85
(29)
81
(27)
103
(39)
Average high °F (°C) 56.4
(13.6)
59.4
(15.2)
66.1
(18.9)
74.9
(23.8)
82.1
(27.8)
88.8
(31.6)
91.8
(33.2)
89.9
(32.2)
84.8
(29.3)
76.5
(24.7)
67.6
(19.8)
59.4
(15.2)
74.8
(23.8)
Daily mean °F (°C) 45.2
(7.3)
47.8
(8.8)
54.1
(12.3)
62.4
(16.9)
70.0
(21.1)
77.4
(25.2)
80.6
(27)
79.3
(26.3)
74.6
(23.7)
65.7
(18.7)
56.5
(13.6)
48.2
(9)
63.5
(17.5)
Average low °F (°C) 33.9
(1.1)
36.3
(2.4)
42.0
(5.6)
49.9
(9.9)
57.9
(14.4)
66.0
(18.9)
69.3
(20.7)
68.7
(20.4)
64.4
(18)
54.9
(12.7)
45.4
(7.4)
37.0
(2.8)
52.1
(11.2)
Record low °F (°C) 2
(−17)
12
(−11)
10
(−12)
28
(−2)
38
(3)
46
(8)
51
(11)
55
(13)
44
(7)
27
(−3)
18
(−8)
8
(−13)
2
(−17)
Average precipitation inches (mm) 4.73
(120.1)
3.50
(88.9)
4.49
(114)
3.33
(84.6)
4.06
(103.1)
3.99
(101.3)
6.35
(161.3)
7.51
(190.8)
6.13
(155.7)
4.70
(119.4)
4.00
(101.6)
4.34
(110.2)
57.13
(1,451.1)
Average snowfall inches (cm) 1.1
(2.8)
0.2
(0.5)
Trace 0.0
(0)
0.0
(0)
0.0
(0)
0.0
(0)
0.0
(0)
0.0
(0)
0.0
(0)
0.0
(0)
0.6
(1.5)
1.9
(4.8)
Average precipitation days (≥ 0.01 in) 10.8 9.8 10.4 8.4 9.2 10.0 12.7 12.1 9.8 8.0 9.3 9.7 120.2
Average snowy days (≥ 0.1 in) 0.5 0.3 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.2 1.0
Source: NOAA[3][4]


Neighboring communities


Coordinates: 35°00′30″N 76°18′58″W / 35.00833°N 76.31611°W / 35.00833; -76.31611

References

  1. ^ Visit North Carolina web site - Cedar Island to Ocracoke Ferry Archived 2015-10-25 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved January 18, 2016.
  2. ^ U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Cedar Island National Wildlife Refuge, North Carolina. Retrieved January 18, 2016.
  3. ^ "NowData - NOAA Online Weather Data". National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Retrieved July 29, 2016.
  4. ^ "NC Cedar Island". National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Retrieved July 29, 2016.
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