Norfolk boasts over 144 miles of shore where the Chesapeake Bay meets the Atlantic Ocean. It is a recreational boater’s delight, and is located at Mile Zero on the Intracoastal Waterway. Beautiful marinas are all along Downtown’s Elizabeth River, the Lafayette River, lakes, the Hampton Roads Harbor and the Chesapeake Bay.
The city of Norfolk, Virginia, is located near the coast and the southern border of the state. It is almost surrounded by water, with the Chesapeake Bay immediately to the north, Hampton Roads to the west, and the Atlantic Ocean only l8 miles to the east. It is traversed by numerous rivers and waterways and its average elevation above sea level is l3 feet. There are no nearby hilly areas and the land is low and level throughout the city.
"The winters are usually mild, while the autumn and spring seasons usually are delightful"
The climate is generally marine. The geographic location of the city with respect to the principal storm tracks, is especially favorable, being south of the average path of storms originating in the higher latitudes and north of the usual tracks of hurricanes and other tropical storms. The winters are usually mild, while the autumn and spring seasons usually are delightful. Summers, though warm and long, frequently are tempered by cool periods, often associated with northeasterly winds off the Atlantic.
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|Source: Southeast Regional Climate Center, http://www.sercc.com. Data is for the Norfolk Airport, averaged for 1946 through 2012. Temperatures are in degrees Fahrenheit and precipitation is in inches.|