KHK Holiday Weekend: Hangin’ with Santa, Kites with Lights, Black Friday Savings and More!

Come spread the holiday cheer with Kitty Hawk Kites and the Jockey’s Ridge Crossing crew. Free visit and pictures with Santa, cocoa and cookies, and a light show with kites on Jockey’s Ridge are just a few of the fun and festive things going on… not to mention all the amazing holiday sales!

Share all your Christmas wishes and get your picture taken with Santa at Kitty Hawk Kites at Jockey’s Ridge Crossing in Nags Head on Friday, November 25 from 10am – 2pm and Saturday, November 26 from 1pm – 4pm. Have some fun with Santa’s elves and try out classic toys straight from the workshop! On Saturday, we’ll also have a bake sale with plenty of holiday treats to enjoy, with the proceeds benefitting Beach Food Pantry.

Be sure to make it out on Saturday, November 26 from 4pm – 6pm for a light display like none other. Kites with Lights, at Jockey’s Ridge State Park, will feature large 19-to-30 foot kites decked out in the spirit of the holiday season! At 5pm, enjoy the lighting of the Jockey’s Ridge State Park Solar Christmas tree out on the dunes directly across from Jockey’s Ridge Crossing.

Plus, we encourage you to make a donation to Toys for Tots at our Nags Head and Hatteraslocations to help support local children in need this holiday season!


– FRIDAY 11/25 –
Jockey’s Ridge Crossing, Nags Head
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Photos with Santa – FREE! … Bring your own camera and smile with jolly old St. Nick!

SATURDAY 11/26 –

Jockey’s Ridge Crossing, Nags Head
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Photos with Santa
– FREE! … bring your own camera and smile with jolly old St. Nick!
Bake Sale Benefitting Beach Food Pantry

Jockey’s Ridge State Park
4:00 PM – DARK
Kites with Lights
– FREE! … bring flashlights, glow sticks, and other light-up toys and join the fun on the dunes!

For more information on Hangin’ with Santa or Kites with Lights, please contact Janet Chesson, Asst. Marketing Director and Events Coordinator, at [email protected]

Recreational cobia regulations go into effect Monday 23 May 2016

Recreational cobia regulations go into effect Monday 23 May 2016

Release: Immediate

Contact: Patricia Smith

Date: May 20, 2016

Phone: 252-726-7021 or 252-342-0642

Recreational cobia regulations go into effect Monday

MOREHEAD CITY –The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries has issued a proclamation consistent with the North Carolina Marine Fisheries Commission’s decision to impose restrictions on the recreational cobia fishery. On Thursday the commission voted to impose the following restrictions on recreational cobia: 

  • A 37-inch fork length (measured from the tip of the snout to the fork in the tail) minimum size limit for all recreational fisheries.
  • Anglers fishing from private boats may only fish on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays under daily possession limit of two fish per vessel or one fish per person if only one person is on board.
  • Those fishing from the shore or shore-based structures (pier or surf) may fish seven days a week with a daily possession limit of one fish per person.
  • Those fishing on a for-hire boat (charter or guide) may fish seven days a week with a daily possession limit of four fish per vessel or one fish per person if fewer than four people are on board.
  • Those practicing catch-and-release may fish seven days a week.

The commission’s decision was in response to a federal announcement that, because the annual catch limit was exceeded last year, it intends to close the recreational cobia season in federal waters north of the Georgia-Florida border on June 20. In order to remain consistent with the federal fishery management plan, the federal government encouraged states close state waters for recreational cobia season on June 20. The commission did not approve the division’s recommendation to either close state waters on June 20 or select one of eight size and vessel limit combinations already analyzed by federal government that would have resulted in a lengthened season if adopted by both North Carolina and Virginia.

The commission’s decision to impose these additional restrictions is an effort to extend the recreational cobia season in state waters. These new restrictions go into effect on Monday. The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries will submit these new restrictions to the federal government and request an expedited review to determine whether these actions will be sufficient to allow the season to be extended in state waters beyond June 20. If the federal government determines that these restrictions are not sufficient to remain consistent with the federal fishery management plan for the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic regions, additional restrictions may be necessary.

For more specifics on the regulations, see Proclamation FF-25-2016 at
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Winter Weather Update – February 11th, 2016

Arctic air will remain entrenched across the state through the weekend and there are two potential winter weather events that could impact the region by Monday.


Light snow will likely develop and increase in coverage from roughly Burlington to east of Charlotte between 9am and noon tomorrow with temperatures rising slowly from the upper 20s to the low 30s. After lunch, a band of moderate snow may develop somewhere across the region, and under this band is where the highest accumulation totals will likely occur. Between 2:00pm and 4:00pm, snow will begin to transition to sleet from southeast to northwest before tapering off from west to east after 4:00pm. 

West of Raleigh only scattered light snow is expected to fall with most locations only receiving a dusting. From Raleigh east, some areas that happen to be under the most intense bands could receive 1 to 2″ of snow, while others only receive a dusting or a little more. Right along the coast where precipitation rates will be higher an area around Greenville could see the highest totals on the order of 1 to 3″ with locally higher amounts possible.

Please also be aware that since soil temperatures are now in the mid 30s across the state that once snow begins to fall it will quickly accumulate on road surfaces, and areas that receive snow/sleet — most likely from Raleigh east — will see road conditions deteriorate rapidly tomorrow afternoon before the evening commute.

Attached, you will find our snowfall accumulation forecast map for this event. 


A very cold Arctic air mass will move into the region on Saturday and remain in place through Monday, potentially setting the stage for wintry weather as early as Monday morning across at least western parts of the state. The earlier precipitation moves in, the more severe this winter storm will be as the cold, dry Arctic air mass will become more difficult to dislodge once precipitation is falling into it. However, if precipitation takes longer to develop, the cold air mass will gradually begin to erode as the Arctic high pressure system responsible for delivering it will be departing offshore into the Atlantic.

The latest model trends have been to slow the arrival of precipitation, and basically have it come in two parts. The first part would be with the approach of a lead shortwave disturbance aloft on Monday morning into early afternoon. Whatever we get during that period would be frozen in one form or another across all the entire state. Beyond that, there remains a large degree of uncertainty with how much precipitation will fall before the cold air is scoured out – especially in western NC.

There is higher-than-normal variability within the range of plausible numerical weather prediction solutions for this event, and so we advise all to remain alert to the latest forecasts and we will provide an update on this potential significant winter weather event tomorrow.

For watch and warning text and additional local information from the National Weather Service, please see the following links for the commanding National Weather Service offices for all North Carolina counties:

NWS Wilmington NC:

NWS Newport/Morehead City NC:

NWS Wakefield VA [for northeastern NC]:

NWS Raleigh NC:

NWS Blacksburg VA [northern Mountains, northern Piedmont]:

NWS Greer SC [Mountains, Piedmont including Charlotte]:

NWS Morristown TN [Cherokee/Clay counties in SW NC]:


Bradley McLamb

Meteorologist I

Division of Air Quality, Attainment Planning Branch

North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality

919 707-8485    office

[email protected]