Sunday, April 24, 2016

SPRING HAS DONE SPRUNG

The warmer weather is here to stay, and the greening has long been underway on our mountain.  While the trees are a bit behind, the wildflower profusion is glorious, but I'm afraid with my bum legs right now it's hard to get out my trail into the woods for more and better photographs.  As of early June I'll be Bionic Man with two new full metal knees and able to explore more...they say.  Yay!

Each year I realize I post the same flowers, but this is for those not here right now, as well as any new residents.  I went to shoot some pics of Squirrel Corn at the Big Curve, but wouldn't you know the first pic I tried to take the camera said "battery exhausted".  Grrrrrrr.  So I'll post some others later for those that want to know what they are looking at.

Cut-Leaved Toothwort

Birds Eye Violet

Dwarf Larkspur

FIddlehead Fern

Large Flowering Bellwort

Large Flowering Trillium

Smooth Violet

Star Chickweed

Wake Robin Trillium (white varietal, of course)


Bob

Thursday, April 14, 2016

COMMUNITY WATCH

At the base of Staymon you'll see a tan GMC Envoy with a badly cracked windshield, some body damage, and no tag.  It's mine.  Nationwide is sending someone to pick it up today, supposedly, since they totaled it as a result of those high winds two Saturdays ago. (Ah, gotta love the way insurance works...or not.)

But I thought this would be a good time to remind our newer residents that we have what I think is a good community watch program - and it's nothing more than each of us being vigilant when we see things, vehicles, people out of place.  It's always wise to keep a pen and paper handy to write down tag numbers and/or descriptions, time stamps, etc. should you need to contact the sheriff's office, board members, etc.

The Haywood County Sheriff's office makes an effort to pass through every now and then, and were hugely helpful when we had to deal with our infestation of nefarious motorcycle thugs last year.  Keep their number handy and put it in your phone if you haven't already done so:

Haywood Sheriff:  828-452-6666

Looks like we're done with any more freezing temps.  Time to enjoy the greening of our wonderful mountainside!

Bob

Thursday, April 7, 2016

UPCOMING WEATHER

Here's the dope on what's ahead:

Any chances for light snow will be Friday night, now, not Thursday night.  Saturday and Sunday mornings will be freezes in the mid 20s, give or take a couple of degrees. Any snow accumulations should be above 3500', and for ACA I'd imagine at worst it would be a dusting on non-road surfaces only.  Both models I use are going 0-1".  I can't imagine there will be any road issues...unless it's downed trees across the road...

More strong winds will move in for about a 60-hour period starting today.  During this time, there will be some periods where winds could gust up to 40mph.  Our protection in ACA is more from S and SW winds, but these will be NW winds and will be felt more.  May your houses and cars not meet my car's fate from the last wind event early Sunday morning.

I'll be away through this period and won't have my computer, but if I see something interesting I'll use my phone and add it to the comments.  Happy Spring, Y'all!


Bob

Sunday, April 3, 2016

SEVERE WINDS LAST NIGHT

Eegads, it was ferocious between 2a and 3a last night.  Especially considering we were fairly protected being on the NE face of the ridge, it was as loud as I've heard it in many years.  Unfortunately, the roulette wheel wasn't kind to my Envoy as a large limb from very high up landed squarely on my roof, windshield, and hood.



On a more positive note, it's a gorgeous cloudless day as I type, albeit cool.  The Bloodroot by my house was soaking up the sunshine today, once we got rid of our 29 degree low chill.

Bloodroot
Too, still looking for a rain-snow-mix-to-snow close to daybreak Friday.  Any snows this time of year don't hang around long, so at this time I'm not anticipating road troubles.  I'll post more by Wednesday night.


Bob

Thursday, March 31, 2016

"WHAT THE WHAT???....

Guess I've been watching too much "Modern Family" and Phil Dunphy lately.  Posting this today instead of tomorrow because you'd think it's an April Fools joke.  Oh, you can see the steady greening of our mountain already, and it's glorious.  Noticed Bloodroot is out and surely some others, and the first few weeks of April foliage explodes.  We've had some wonderfully mild days, as well, adding to spring fever.
  
Alas, early April snows happen here every 2 or 3 years.  Yep, that's where this is going...possibly.

APRIL 8 8am GFS run
I know it's just a model, and models in transition times of the year like this can be very fickle and fleeting.  But find NC, period, much less the mountains, and what the above run for early Friday April 8 is some serious cold and snow almost to the Outer Banks.

It may not happen.  It may start disappearing in each model run.  Just wanted to take the opportunity to wish everyone well, and for the newcomers on the mountain get ready to watch a profusion of wildflowers unfold in the next few weeks.

Oh, and to not put away the winter gear just yet...

Bob  :-)

Monday, March 21, 2016

MONDAY MORNING UPDATE

Got close to 1.5" of snow, with a low so far of 24 degrees here at the end of Staymon.  Looks like with the cold and dry air, helped by breezy conditions, the moisture sublimated on my driveway, which is to say anything frozen skipped over the liquid phase and went straight to a gas. It was dry and not slippery.

That's not to say there aren't icy patches on Apple Creek Road, though.  Heading down in a half hour, and if I find something news worthy I'll post it later.  Otherwise....Happy Monday! (Oxymoron, yes...)


Bob

Sunday, March 20, 2016

WEATHER UPDATE



Saturday afternoon, the sun came out and made a beautiful double rainbow here.  Shots are from my home @ 4:45pm (click to enlarge).

Been off the mountain a while, and just got back.  Already close to 1/3" here, and of course the snow cover started in earnest at 3500'.  :-)   Temperature has dropped to 33 degrees, with a forecast low in the 20s.  Black ice will be a concern, along with accumulating snow.

Maybe my trusty GFS model pushing for 2-4" will verify.  The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for ACA for elevations above 2500' (instead of the usual 3500'), calling for 1-3" of snow.  The advisory runs until 10am Monday.

Slippery roads will be developing before too long, and tomorrow morning should be a mess here. Because I'm involved with the school system, a delay is certainly possible,  If it appears buses can't safely run by 9am, it will be a no-day for all. The up-side is radar echoes at 9pm show a quickly-diminishing precipitation field.  Black ice will be the biggest concern.

Be careful y'all.  I'll update as needed later.



Bob