Nags Head beach at 5:00 p.m. after Tropical Storm Colin exited out to sea.

Here and gone . . . and gone quickly. Now that’s the way all tropical systems should behave. 

Tropical Storm Colin passed us by today here on the Outer Banks. By the time it got this far north the center of circulation was clipping along at somewhere around 30 mph and it never did make landfall after it passed Florida. North of Oregon Inlet there wasn’t much—some hard rain last night, lighter showers this morning and gradual clearing beginning about noon. 

By 4:00 this afternoon, we had a picture perfect day here on the Outer Banks  The air was surprisingly dry following the exit of Colin; that’s being mentioned because typically tropical systems bring tropical air with them and it can be pretty sticky after a one of them leaves. 

Hatteras Island took the brunt of what Colin was handing out and even that wasn’t so bad. About 2.5” of rain, wind at 30-35 mph—but those are conditions we’ve come to expect from a nor’easter and those last two or three day sometimes.

Actually tropical systems directly affecting the Outer Banks are not all that common. That doesn’t mean they never happen—it just means they’re more of a once every four or five year thing, and certainly not an annual occurrence.