Camp Lejeune Weather: What To Expect When Moving Here
Good morning, Camp Lejeune! If you’re on your way or just arrived here for a Permanent Change of Station, you may not be in tune with what temps to expect at your new home.
In general, all you’ll need is the comedic wisdom of Robin Williams when he famously riffed, “What’s the weather like out there?” “It’s hot!” (Click to Tweet this)
Though the climate at Camp Lejeune can sometimes be a challenge, it’s nothing you and your family can’t handle. With the right clothing, gear and — most importantly — attitude, your stay at this installation can actually be pretty cool.
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This region of Onslow County, North Carolina, is designated a humid subtropical climate, with sweltering summers and shorter, milder winters. Thankfully, ocean breezes from the adjacent Atlantic coast help mitigate some of the temperature extremes. Unfortunately, the same proximity to the ocean also brings the chance for tropical storms to wreak havoc on the area.
Because precipitation and humidity can make conditions at Camp Lejeune more dangerous, the installation uses the Wet Bulb, Globe Temperature Index to determine Flag Conditions as a safety standard for how long individuals can safely work outside. Color-coded flags — progressing from green to yellow to red to black — are flown in strategic locations on the installation to communicate hazardous conditions to personnel so that work and outdoor activity can be adjusted accordingly. You can find reports on the current flag status online here.
High temps: Low to mid 70s
Low temps: Low 50s
A mix of showers and sun nudges both flora and folks out of their winter shells. Clothing worn in layers will allow you to choose just the right amount of comfort throughout the day. The area receives about 55 inches of rain annually, and you’ll certainly need rain gear in the spring. Thunderstorms and tornadoes can be a concern during this season into summer. Follow emergency weather warnings and seek appropriate shelter when advised.
High temps: 80s to low 90s
Low temps: Upper 60s
There’s no way to sugarcoat it: Summer here is hot and sticky. Hydrate before you feel thirsty, and choose lighter fabrics and colors to stay as cool as possible. Don’t forget sunscreen on trips to Onslow Beach, even on cloudy days. In rainy August, the chance of daily precipitation peaks at about 55 percent. Fans and air conditioners, wherever you can find them, will become your best friends. Hurricane season begins June 1 and lingers to November. Watch your local media for storm precautions and warnings. Find storm-tracking info on the North Carolina Environmental Quality website as well.
Note: Dehydration and heatstroke can become problems for personnel training or for anyone exercising outside so plan accordingly.
High temps: High 70s to mid 80s
Low temps: Low 50s to mid 60s
As autumn approaches, rainfall begins to wane and skies are crisper and clearer. Cloud coverage remains ever present, but rainfall drops off dramatically to about a 20 percent daily chance in October. Mornings and evenings again call for jackets and layers that can be shed if needed during a pleasant Indian Summer day.
High temps: Low to mid 50s
Low temps: Low to mid 30s
Though this season is relatively short, clouds and wind are persistent and the threat of rainfall returns. Snowfall is uncommon but not unheard of, with an average of just 2 inches annually. Better to have wool socks, fleece pullovers and cozy caps when you need them early and late in these days than to not. Don’t forget to winterize your home and vehicle too. Find tips for dealing with a multitude of weather emergencies at ReadyNC.org.
Field & Training Expectations Year-round
Devil Dogs at Camp Lejeune are expected to be tested in a variety of weather conditions. A wide range of uniforms and clothing is important to remain healthy and effective during operations of all kinds, from TRAP mission training in January to amphibious exercises in July. It’s imperative during warmer months that you note current Flag Conditions to help keep you safe from heat-related emergencies such as heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat/sun stroke.
Where to Find Gear at Camp Lejeune/New River
Military personnel and families are used to picking up roots and settling down in a new locale. But the wardrobe at your last base may not be what you need here. Luckily, there are plenty of options to pick up clothing and accessories if your closet has more heavy coats than Hawaiian shirts.
Camp Lejeune Military Clothing
You can always find certified apparel at Camp Lejeune Military Clothing Sales & Services, Building 1231. There are also auxiliary clothing stores at Camp Geiger MCSS, Building TC-827; Camp Johnson MCSS, Building M-604; and Courthouse Bay MCSS, Building BB-245.
Leadership will issue announcements on which combat, service, and fitness uniforms are appropriate for each season.
Camp Lejeune’s MCX is in Building 1231. Each season brings a variety of new casual clothes for purchase.
Camp Lejeune Thrift Store
The Camp Lejeune Thrift Store, operated by the SNCO Spouses Club, is also a valuable resource for the newly relocated. The shop, at 1200 Birch St., sells gently used clothing, shoes, baby items, military uniforms and all the accessories and gear that go with them.
Discount retailers, consignment shops and thrift stores in nearby Jacksonville, North Carolina, can also help round out your wardrobe with inexpensive options while you discover what clothing works best.
Recreation Equipment Rentals
It’s easier to enjoy the great outdoors with equipment suited to the season. There are two Recreation Equipment rental centers nearby: at Camp Lejeune, in Building 1100, and MCCS New River, Building AS-114. From camping tents to dunk tanks, paddle boards to backyard grills, everything you need to keep you busy outside during downtime is within easy access. View rental options online at www.mccslejeune-newriver.com/rentals and www.mccslejeune-newriver.com/recissue/031419_REIS_Catalog.
With preparation and adaptation, you’ll warm up to every season at your new home in Camp Lejeune. Use our tips listed above and check the installation’s Facebook and Twitter pages to dial in the latest daily weather conditions.
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