Cape Hatteras

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An aerial view of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse before its 1999 relocation.

Cape Hatteras is a cape on the coast of North Carolina. It is the point that protrudes the farthest to the southeast along the northeast-to-southwest line of the Atlantic coast of North America, making it a key point for navigation along the eastern seaboard. So many ships have been lost around it that the area is known as the "Graveyard of the Atlantic". The nearby shoals are known as Diamond Shoals.

The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is a well known feature on Cape Hatteras. It was built in 1870 and it is the tallest brick lighthouse in the United States.

Climate[change | change source]

Climate data for Cape Hatteras (Billy Mitchell Airport), 1981–2010 normals, extremes 1898–present[a]
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 75
(23.9)
76
(24.4)
82
(27.8)
89
(31.7)
91
(32.8)
97
(36.1)
96
(35.6)
94
(34.4)
92
(33.3)
89
(31.7)
81
(27.2)
78
(25.6)
97
(36.1)
Average high °F (°C) 52.2
(11.22)
53.5
(11.94)
58.6
(14.78)
66.3
(19.06)
73.7
(23.17)
81.0
(27.22)
84.6
(29.22)
84.1
(28.94)
79.9
(26.61)
72.0
(22.22)
64.0
(17.78)
55.9
(13.28)
68.9
(20.5)
Average low °F (°C) 38.7
(3.72)
40.0
(4.44)
44.6
(7)
52.6
(11.44)
60.5
(15.83)
69.3
(20.72)
73.6
(23.11)
72.9
(22.72)
69.0
(20.56)
59.7
(15.39)
51.2
(10.67)
42.7
(5.94)
56.3
(13.5)
Record low °F (°C) 6
(-14.4)
11
(-11.7)
19
(-7.2)
26
(-3.3)
39
(3.9)
44
(6.7)
52
(11.1)
56
(13.3)
45
(7.2)
32
(0)
22
(-5.6)
12
(-11.1)
6
(-14.4)
Precipitation inches (mm) 5.24
(133.1)
4.02
(102.1)
4.77
(121.2)
3.64
(92.5)
3.57
(90.7)
4.03
(102.4)
4.99
(126.7)
6.93
(176)
6.25
(158.8)
5.38
(136.7)
4.95
(125.7)
4.27
(108.5)
58.04
(1,474.2)
Snowfall inches (cm) 0.3
(0.8)
0.1
(0.3)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
1.3
(3.3)
1.7
(4.3)
Humidity 75.3 74.3 74.1 72.3 77.3 79.0 80.9 80.6 78.5 75.8 75.1 75.1 76.5
Avg. precipitation days (≥ 0.01 in) 10.6 10.5 10.3 8.8 8.8 10.1 11.6 11.2 9.6 8.9 9.6 10.4 120.4
Avg. snowy days (≥ 0.1 in) 0.4 0.3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.3 1.0
Sunshine hours 153.7 162.8 224.8 261.3 278.3 272.4 282.9 267.1 233.0 207.2 170.8 142.8 2,657.1
Source: NOAA (relative humidity and sun 1961–1990)[1][2][3]

Notes and references[change | change source]

Notes[change | change source]

  1. Official temperature and precipitation records for Cape Hatteras were kept at Hatteras from January 1893 to February 1957, and at Billy Mitchell Airport since March 1957. Snowfall and snow depth records date to 1 January 1908 and 1 January 1948 respectively.[1] For more information, see ThreadEx.

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Coordinates: 35°15′16″N 75°31′12″W / 35.25458°N 75.51995°W / 35.25458; -75.51995