Now that we know Hurricane Joaquin is headed out to sea we can all heave a huge sigh of relief. It’s not as though Joaquin hasn’t thrown some effects our way, though. We’ve had some very heavy rains and after listening to meteorologist talk about surface lows, tropical moisture and the counterclockwise motion of storms it becomes pretty clear that the heavy rains we’re experiencing are at least partially Joaquin’s fault. 

The hurricane isn’t going to anywhere near the coast, but it is pumping moisture our way, so we’re getting a good dousing. It’s actually worse inland, so maybe we should be thankful for small favors.

We should be getting a one day break from the rain tomorrow, back in the soup for Sunday, then every forecast we’ve seen shows great conditions next week right through the weekend.

A good thing too, since next weekend is music festival weekend on the Outer Banks.

First up is the Mustang Music Festival Friday and Saturday October 10 and 11 at the Whalehead Club in Corolla. 

The festival started four years ago as a benefit concert for the Corolla Wild Horse Fund. It’s still a benefit concert, but proceeds also go to the Mustang Music Outreach that helps young musicians with lessons.

A very family friendly event, with great musicians, three stages so there is always music happening. Really worth checking out.

When the Mustang Music Festival ends, the Duck Jazz Festival begins, this year with headliner Maceo Parker. Held on the Duck Town Green, the setting is as good as it gets, the music is always great and it’s free.