Rodanthe, North Carolina

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Rodanthe, North Carolina
Nickname(s): 
The "Highest Place on Earth"
Location in Dare County and the state of North Carolina
Location in Dare County and the state of North Carolina
Rodanthe is located in North Carolina
Rodanthe
Rodanthe
Location within the state of North Carolina
Coordinates: 35°35′36″N 75°28′4″W / 35.59333°N 75.46778°W / 35.59333; -75.46778Coordinates: 35°35′36″N 75°28′4″W / 35.59333°N 75.46778°W / 35.59333; -75.46778
CountryUnited States
StateNorth Carolina
CountyDare County
Area
 • Total1.10 sq mi (2.85 km2)
 • Land1.09 sq mi (2.83 km2)
 • Water0.01 sq mi (0.03 km2)
Elevation
5 ft (2 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total261
 • Density239/sq mi (92.4/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
27968
Area code(s)252
GNIS feature ID1022381[1]
FIPS code37-57580

Rodanthe (/rˈdænθi/ roh-DAN-thee) is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) located in Dare County, North Carolina, United States, on Hatteras Island, part of North Carolina's Outer Banks. As of the 2010 census it had a population of 261.[2] Rodanthe, along with Waves and Salvo, are part of the settlement of Chicamacomico. Rodanthe includes the original Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station, decommissioned in 1954, but now a museum.

Rodanthe is served by North Carolina Highway 12, which runs north/south through town. The Chicamacomico area is bordered to the north by Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge and to the south by Cape Hatteras National Seashore, a situation which limits potential growth. The town is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to the east and Pamlico Sound to the west.

Rodanthe is the easternmost point of North Carolina. It is famous for its observation of "Old Christmas" on January 6, formerly Christmas, December 25, by the Julian Calendar, a custom held over from the original settlers who still used the "Old Style" calendar. A mythical beast, "Old Buck"—possibly related to Belsnikel or Krampus who are companions of Saint Nicholas in Christmas festivities—is said to appear at the celebration.

Mirlo Beach

The residents of Rodanthe are governed by the Dare County Board of Commissioners. Rodanthe is part of District 4, along with Avon, Buxton, Frisco, Hatteras, Waves and Salvo.

The Chicamacomico Life Saving Station and Oregon Inlet Station are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[3]

Tourist economy[edit]

Many of Rodanthe's restaurants, shops and markets are seasonal, closing during the winter months and reopening the following spring. Many of these are family-owned, rather than chain franchises. Provisions can still be purchased on the Outer Banks during the winter months, but a short drive south to the town of Avon or north to Nags Head is required.

There are only two motels within the larger settlement of Chicamacomico. There are, however, three inns or bed and breakfasts on the island of Hatteras ("The Inn on Pamlico Sound", "Cape Hatteras Bed and Breakfast", and the "Seaside Inn".) There are numerous rental houses, large and small, as well as numerous campgrounds ranging from deluxe to rustic ("Camp Hatteras", "Ocean Waves", "Cape Hatteras KOA", etc.). Several smaller campgrounds cater to water sports enthusiasts. Local water sports include fishing, kayaking (both ocean and sound-side), swimming, sailboarding, kiteboarding, and Wreck diving, among others.

In fiction[edit]

The rental house, Serendipity, used in filming Nights in Rodanthe

In 2002, Nicholas Sparks published the book Nights in Rodanthe that was later adapted into a movie. George C. Wolfe directed the film adaptation, which was partially filmed in the town of Rodanthe and entirely filmed in eastern North Carolina – including Cape Hatteras, Southport and Wilmington. The movie was released on September 26, 2008. Several Rodanthe landmarks such as the Rodanthe Pier were used during filming. During film production, one of the rental houses, "Serendipity", the northeastern-most house in Rodanthe, was transformed into the fictional "Inn at Rodanthe". This house was damaged and condemned after a nor'easter storm in November 2009.[4] The house was saved from demolition by a private businessman, Ben Huss, a bail bondsman, from Newton, North Carolina, and moved less than one mile south.[citation needed]

Climate[edit]

According to the Trewartha climate classification system, Rodanthe, North Carolina has a humid subtropical climate with hot and humid summers, cool winters and year-around precipitation (Cfak). Cfak climates are characterized by all months having an average mean temperature > 32.0 °F (> 0.0 °C), at least eight months with an average mean temperature ≥ 50.0 °F (≥ 10.0 °C), at least one month with an average mean temperature ≥ 71.6 °F (≥ 22.0 °C) and no significant precipitation difference between seasons. During the summer months in Rodanthe, a cooling afternoon sea breeze is present on most days, but episodes of extreme heat and humidity can occur with heat index values ≥ 100 °F (≥ 38 °C). Rodanthe is prone to hurricane strikes, particularly during the Atlantic hurricane season which extends from June 1 through November 30, sharply peaking from late August through September. During the winter months, episodes of cold and wind can occur with wind chill values < 10 °F (< -12 °C). The plant hardiness zone in Rodanthe is 8b with an average annual extreme minimum air temperature of 16.9 °F (-8.4 °C).[5] The average seasonal (Dec-Mar) snowfall total is < 2 inches (< 5 cm), and the average annual peak in nor'easter activity is in February.

Climate data for Rodanthe, NC (1981-2010 Averages)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °F (°C) 53.0
(11.7)
54.7
(12.6)
59.4
(15.2)
66.3
(19.1)
73.4
(23.0)
80.6
(27.0)
84.2
(29.0)
83.7
(28.7)
79.9
(26.6)
72.0
(22.2)
64.6
(18.1)
56.9
(13.8)
69.1
(20.6)
Daily mean °F (°C) 46.1
(7.8)
47.5
(8.6)
52.3
(11.3)
59.7
(15.4)
67.3
(19.6)
75.4
(24.1)
79.2
(26.2)
78.7
(25.9)
74.9
(23.8)
66.5
(19.2)
58.3
(14.6)
50.1
(10.1)
63.1
(17.3)
Average low °F (°C) 39.1
(3.9)
40.4
(4.7)
45.2
(7.3)
53.1
(11.7)
61.2
(16.2)
70.1
(21.2)
74.3
(23.5)
73.7
(23.2)
69.9
(21.1)
60.9
(16.1)
52.0
(11.1)
43.4
(6.3)
57.0
(13.9)
Average precipitation inches (mm) 4.53
(115)
3.80
(97)
4.06
(103)
3.43
(87)
3.70
(94)
4.21
(107)
5.22
(133)
6.33
(161)
5.96
(151)
4.33
(110)
4.11
(104)
3.91
(99)
53.59
(1,361)
Average relative humidity (%) 69.8 69.4 68.1 69.7 72.9 76.2 78.7 77.0 74.4 71.0 72.0 70.3 72.5
Average dew point °F (°C) 36.8
(2.7)
38.0
(3.3)
42.1
(5.6)
49.8
(9.9)
58.3
(14.6)
67.4
(19.7)
72.0
(22.2)
70.9
(21.6)
66.2
(19.0)
56.8
(13.8)
49.3
(9.6)
40.8
(4.9)
54.1
(12.3)
Source: PRISM[6]


Climate data for Duck, NC Ocean Water Temperature (44 NW Rodanthe)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Daily mean °F (°C) 45
(7)
44
(7)
46
(8)
59
(15)
67
(19)
74
(23)
71
(22)
74
(23)
75
(24)
69
(21)
59
(15)
52
(11)
61
(16)
Source: NOAA[7]

Ecology[edit]

According to the A. W. Kuchler U.S. potential natural vegetation types, Rodanthe, North Carolina would have a dominant vegetation type of Live oak/Sea Oats Uniola paniculata (90) with a dominant vegetation form of Coastal Prairie (20).[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Rodanthe, North Carolina
  2. ^ "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Rodanthe CDP, North Carolina". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved November 24, 2015.
  3. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  4. ^ Semans, Sandy (18 November 2009). "Hatteras Island can't catch a break". The Outer Banks Sentinel. Retrieved 20 November 2009.
  5. ^ "USDA Interactive Plant Hardiness Map". United States Department of Agriculture. Retrieved August 6, 2019.
  6. ^ "PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University". Retrieved August 6, 2019.
  7. ^ "Water Temperature Table of All Coastal Regions". Retrieved August 6, 2019.
  8. ^ "U.S. Potential Natural Vegetation, Original Kuchler Types, v2.0 (Spatially Adjusted to Correct Geometric Distortions)". Retrieved August 6, 2019.
Preceded by
Pea Island
Beaches of The Outer Banks Succeeded by
Waves