Waves, North Carolina

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.

Waves, North Carolina
Location in Dare County and the state of North Carolina
Location in Dare County and the state of North Carolina
Coordinates: 35°34′0″N 75°28′6″W / 35.56667°N 75.46833°W / 35.56667; -75.46833Coordinates: 35°34′0″N 75°28′6″W / 35.56667°N 75.46833°W / 35.56667; -75.46833
CountryUnited States
StateNorth Carolina
CountyDare
Named forWind waves
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 zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EST)
ZIP code
27982
FIPS code37-71440
GNIS feature ID1023135[1]

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.

HistoryEdit

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]

BoundariesEdit

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

EconomyEdit

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

ClimateEdit

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.

Climate data for Waves, NC (1981-2010 Averages)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
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 (%) 69.9 69.5 67.9 70.0 73.1 76.8 78.9 77.6 74.6 70.7 71.7 70.0 72.6
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)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
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]

EcologyEdit

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]

EducationEdit

Residents are zoned to Dare County Schools. Zoned schools are Cape Hatteras Elementary School and Cape Hatteras Secondary School.[9]

ReferencesEdit

  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. Archived from the original on February 13, 2020. 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. July 9, 2010.
  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.
  9. ^ "Attendance Zone Information". Dare County Schools. Retrieved 2021-04-12. Cape Hatteras Elementary School -- All areas South of the Oregon Inlet Bridge[...]Cape Hatteras Secondary School -- All areas South of the Oregon Inlet Bridge
Preceded by
Rodanthe
Beaches of The Outer Banks Succeeded by
Salvo