Waves, North Carolina

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Waves, North Carolina
Dare County North Carolina incorporated and unincorporated areas Waves highlighted.svg
Location in Dare County and the state of North Carolina
Coordinates: 35°34′0″N75°28′6″W / 35.56667°N 75.46833°W / 35.56667; -75.46833 Coordinates: 35°34′0″N75°28′6″W / 35.56667°N 75.46833°W / 35.56667; -75.46833
CountryUnited States
State North Carolina
County Dare
Area
  Total0.55 sq mi (1.43 km2)
  Land0.55 sq mi (1.43 km2)
  Water0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation
5 ft (2 m)
Population
 (2010)
  Total134
  Density243/sq mi (93.8/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
  Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EST)
ZIP code
27982
FIPS code 37-71440
GNIS feature ID1023135 [1]

Waves is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in Dare County, North Carolina, United States. It is on Hatteras Island, part of North Carolina's Outer Banks. As of the 2010 census it had a population of 134. [2] Waves, along with Rodanthe and Salvo, are part of the settlement of Chicamacomico.

A census-designated place (CDP) is a concentration of population defined by the United States Census Bureau for statistical purposes only. CDPs have been used in each decennial census since 1980 as the counterparts of incorporated places, such as self-governing cities, towns, and villages, for the purposes of gathering and correlating statistical data. CDPs are populated areas that generally include one officially designated but currently unincorporated small community, for which the CDP is named, plus surrounding inhabited countryside of varying dimensions and, occasionally, other, smaller unincorporated communities as well. CDPs include small rural communities, colonias located along the U.S. border with Mexico, and unincorporated resort and retirement communities and their environs.

Dare County, North Carolina County in the United States

Dare County is the easternmost county in the U.S. state of North Carolina. As of the 2010 Census, the population was 33,920. Its county seat is Manteo. The county is named after Virginia Dare, the first child born in the Americas to English parents, who was born in what is now Dare County.

North Carolina State of the United States of America

North Carolina is a state located in the southeastern region of the United States. North Carolina is the 28th largest and 9th-most populous of the 50 United States. North Carolina is bordered by Virginia to the north, the Atlantic Ocean to the east, Georgia and South Carolina to the south, and Tennessee to the west. Raleigh is the state's capital and Charlotte is its largest city. The Charlotte metropolitan area, with an estimated population of 2,569,213 in 2018, is the most populous metropolitan area in North Carolina and the 23rd-most populous in the United States and the largest banking center in the nation after New York City. North Carolina's second largest metropolitan area is the Research Triangle, which, with an estimated population of 2,238,312 in 2018, is home to the largest research park in the United States.

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

The Dare County Board of Commissioners is the governing body of Dare County, North Carolina. It runs in the manner of a county commission. It has seven seats held by elected officials called County Commissioners. The Commissioners are elected at large in countywide elections and serve four-year staggered terms. The Board elects a chairman and vice-chair for a one-year term at its organizational meeting in December.

Avon, North Carolina Census-designated place in North Carolina, United States

Avon is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in Dare County in the U.S. state of North Carolina. As of the 2010 census, it had a permanent population of 776.

Buxton, North Carolina Census-designated place in North Carolina, United States of America

Buxton is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) on Hatteras Island near Cape Hatteras. It is located in Dare County in the U.S. state of North Carolina. As of the 2010 census it had a population of 1,273. Located at the widest part of Hatteras Island, it is the largest community on Hatteras Island both in terms of area and population, and is home to the island's schools and other major public buildings and offices.

History

The community was so named on account of waves at the beach. [3]

The Rasmus Midgett House was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2009. [4]

Rasmus Midgett House

Rasmus Midgett House is a historic home located at Waves, Dare County, North Carolina. It was built in four phases starting about 1855. It is a two-story, three bay, frame I-house dwelling with a two-story rear ell. It features a one-story, full width front porch. It was moved to its present location in 1937 after being knocked off its foundation. Also on the property is a family cemetery.

National Register of Historic Places federal list of historic sites in the United States

The National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) is the United States federal government's official list of districts, sites, buildings, structures and objects deemed worthy of preservation for their historical significance. A property listed in the National Register, or located within a National Register Historic District, may qualify for tax incentives derived from the total value of expenses incurred in preserving the property.

Boundaries

The northern border of Waves is generally considered to be the ditch that runs under Highway 12 just south of Resort Rodanthe Drive. The southern border, separating Waves and Salvo, is more ambiguous. Long-time residents indicate various "official lines" separating the two. Formerly Rodanthe, Waves and Salvo were each served by their own post office. Today a single post office, located in Waves, serves the entire community and the former lines that separated the communities have become blurred.

The beach at Waves Beach at Waves NC.jpg
The beach at Waves

Economy

The Waves area is dominated by campgrounds both large and small as well as numerous rental houses.

Climate

According to the Trewartha climate classification system, Waves, 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 Waves, 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). Waves 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 Waves is 8b with an average annual extreme minimum air temperature of 17.2 °F (-8.2 °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.

Trewartha climate classification Method of classifying the worlds climates

The Trewartha climate classification is a climate classification system first published by American geographer Glenn Thomas Trewartha in 1966. It is a modified version of the Köppen-Geiger system, created to answer some of its deficiencies. The Trewartha system attempts to redefine the middle latitudes to be closer to vegetation zoning and genetic climate systems. It was considered a more true or "real world" reflection of the global climate.

Humid subtropical climate category in the Köppen climate classification system

A humid subtropical climate is a zone of climate characterized by hot and humid summers, and cool to mild winters. These climates normally lie on the southeast side of all continents, generally between latitudes 25° and 40° and are located poleward from adjacent tropical climates. While many subtropical climates tend to be located at or near coastal locations, in some cases they extend inland, most notably in China and the United States, where they exhibit more pronounced seasonal variations and sharper contrasts between summer and winter, as part of a gradient between the more tropical climates of the southern coasts of these countries and the more continental climates of China and the United States’ northern and central regions.

Sea breeze Wind blowing from sea to land

A sea breeze or onshore breeze is any wind that blows from a large body of water toward or onto a landmass; it develops due to differences in air pressure created by the differing heat capacities of water and dry land. As such, sea breezes are more localised than prevailing winds. Because land absorbs solar radiation far more quickly than water, a sea breeze is a common occurrence along coasts after sunrise. By contrast, a land breeze or offshore breeze is the reverse effect: dry land also cools more quickly than water and, after sunset, a sea breeze dissipates and the wind instead flows from the land towards the sea. Sea breezes and land breezes are both important factors in coastal regions' prevailing winds. The term offshore wind may refer to any wind over open water.

Climate data for Waves, NC (1981-2010 Averages)
MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecYear
Average high °F (°C)53.2
(11.8)
54.8
(12.7)
59.5
(15.3)
66.2
(19.0)
73.2
(22.9)
80.4
(26.9)
84.0
(28.9)
83.6
(28.7)
79.7
(26.5)
72.1
(22.3)
64.7
(18.2)
57.0
(13.9)
69.1
(20.6)
Daily mean °F (°C)46.3
(7.9)
47.7
(8.7)
52.5
(11.4)
59.8
(15.4)
67.3
(19.6)
75.3
(24.1)
79.2
(26.2)
78.7
(25.9)
74.9
(23.8)
66.6
(19.2)
58.5
(14.7)
50.3
(10.2)
63.2
(17.3)
Average low °F (°C)39.4
(4.1)
40.6
(4.8)
45.4
(7.4)
53.3
(11.8)
61.4
(16.3)
70.3
(21.3)
74.5
(23.6)
73.9
(23.3)
70.1
(21.2)
61.0
(16.1)
52.3
(11.3)
43.7
(6.5)
57.2
(14.0)
Average precipitation inches (mm)4.57
(116)
3.81
(97)
4.11
(104)
3.46
(88)
3.70
(94)
4.19
(106)
5.18
(132)
6.37
(162)
5.98
(152)
4.39
(112)
4.14
(105)
3.92
(100)
53.82
(1,367)
Average relative humidity (%)69.969.567.970.073.176.878.977.674.670.771.770.072.6
Average dew point °F (°C)37.0
(2.8)
38.2
(3.4)
42.2
(5.7)
50.0
(10.0)
58.4
(14.7)
67.5
(19.7)
72.1
(22.3)
71.1
(21.7)
66.3
(19.1)
56.8
(13.8)
49.4
(9.7)
40.9
(4.9)
54.2
(12.3)
Source: PRISM [6]


Climate data for Cape Hatteras, NC Ocean Water Temperature (27 S Waves)
MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecYear
Daily mean °F (°C)49
(9)
46
(8)
52
(11)
59
(15)
68
(20)
74
(23)
78
(26)
80
(27)
77
(25)
70
(21)
58
(14)
55
(13)
64
(18)
Source: NOAA [7]

Ecology

According to the A. W. Kuchler U.S. potential natural vegetation types, Waves, 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]

August William Kuchler was a German-born American geographer and naturalist who is noted for developing a plant association system in widespread use in the United States. Some of this database has become digitized for integration into GIS mapping systems. Kuchler received his Ph.D. in geography from University of Munich in 1935. In 1978, he received the Association of American Geographers' Honors award. He is the publisher of the book Vegetation Mapping


In ecology, potential natural vegetation (PNV) is the vegetation that would be expected given environmental constraints without human intervention or a hazard event.

Live oak Evergreen plants in the genus Quercus

Live oak or evergreen oak is any of a number of oaks in several different sections of the genus Quercus that share the characteristic of evergreen foliage. These oaks are not more closely related to each other than they are to other oaks.

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References

  1. U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Waves, North Carolina
  2. "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Waves CDP, North Carolina". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved November 24, 2015.
  3. Moyer, Armond; Moyer, Winifred (1958). The origins of unusual place-names. Keystone Pub. Associates. p. 137.
  4. "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places . National Park Service. 2010-07-09.
  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
Rodanthe
Beaches of The Outer BanksSucceeded by
Salvo