My family just returned from a week's vacation in Corolla. We enjoyed everything Corolla had to offer, except the ocean water temperature. It felt icy cold, so on our 3rd day there I checked the water temperature. It was 70 F! -- too cold for comfortable swimming. It remained around 70 F for the duration of our trip which meant that I never ventured into the water above my thighs. My kids jumped in a time or two, but were too cold to stay in and really enjoy themselves. I checked the average monthly water temps and learned that in late July/Early August the ocean water is typically in the high 70's. But then I read that last year the ocean temp also averaged 70 at this time of year. We purposely chose to vacation in Corolla in early August because we thought the water would be at its warmest and much warmer than 70. We live in Charlotte and when we take beach vacations we normally go somewhere between Myrtle Beach and Central Florida and the water is usually very warm. I can't remember going anywhere farther South and finding ocean water to be 70F. Sadly, between the water temp, the Red Flag days and the rip tides, it was a deal-breaker for us. One of the things we love most about beach vacations is swimming in warm, blue water. It's unfortunate because Corolla and the Outer Banks in general are great areas. In the future, we will stick to beach vacations further South. So what is the real story? Has the ocean water been unusually cold the last few years?