Tuesday, October 6, 2015


One last hurrah of a shower came through around 730pm last evening, but around 7pm a most unusual snippet of a rainbow popped through an isolated shaft of light and lit the area up orange as seen from the end of Staymon (click to enlarge).

Here in Haywood the rains were more limited during the October 1 - October 4 window that the National Weather Service was using for storm totals in the region. I measured 3.47" for those days. Our rains were more long-running and better measured in the September 25 - October 5 range where I measured 10.73".

CLICK HERE to see the official tallies from the Charleston, SC NWS office...highest in Charleston County proper, over 2 feet of rain in 4 days.   Ugh....


Saturday, October 3, 2015


In a nutshell, Hurricane Joaquin models have continued a more northeasterly movement, to the point that the heavy rain threat here in the mountains is pulling back. It's a royal mess, and will continue to be, in the Piedmont and points east in the Carolinas, but Joaquin's water input into our coastal low is reduced for us here in western NC.  We still have one soggy weekend on tap, and rain totals will still measure a few inches, but I am relieved by what I saw last night and am seeing this morning.

There is a high wind warning as well for higher elevations...and it has nothing to do with Joaquin.  The pressure differential between a Canadian high and our coastal low will create windy conditions, but even that looks to affect more the mountains NNE of Asheville, not Haywood except the Parkway area and highest peaks.  Any good stiff gusts could topple weak trees in our soggy soils, but, as I said earlier, original threats here are much lower this morning than previous models hinted at.  I'll take that as a very good bit of news.


Friday, October 2, 2015


Poor Grand Bahama Banks...a Category 4 hurricane is bad enough, but to have one sit over you for days has to be devastating, The latest models keep Joaquin offshore with no landfall, a trend now for 36 hours. 
(click on any image to enlarge it)


But our rain concerns aren't about a landfall...it's a triple play that is in place atmospherically which is going to make a bad situation worse.  The thunderstorms we had Wednesday were due to a cold front that ended up stalling just off the coast, and is now backing in slightly as a stationary front.  At the GA-FL border is a fairly strong upper level low sitting on that front, a low that will ever so slowly creep up the coast.  That set-up alone is reason enough for a lot of rain here.  Add to that Joaquin spinning northward later today with that counter-clockwise spin, as it will be feeding copious moisture into the flow around that coastal low, exacerbating the situation.

And even THAT in itself would be enough of a horrible mess.  Add to that all the rain we've had in the past week: 4.37" as of Thursday morning, with 1.67" falling Wednesday afternoon at my house at the end of Staymon...now we throw in super-saturated soils and breezier conditions, which can bring weaker trees down and possibly drop power lines.  Oy vey...

While it will be far heavier amounts east of us, latest models still have us in a 7-10" rainfall today through Monday.  I worry about rockslides in the I-40 gorge for sure, and Maggie has plenty of history with mudslides.

If I get any interesting data or unusual updates, I'll post them here.


Tuesday, September 1, 2015


(Here is the new board and contact information, followed by the upcoming budget.  If you have any questions about anything, please contact one of those listed.   Bob)


President- Owen Fulghum
Vice President - Linda Hughes
Vice President in Charge of Roads-  
Jeff Hintzman
Secretary- Fay Grant
Treasurer- Tom Batchelor
Keith Patton has agreed to help Jeff with decisions concerning our roads during the year.
We appreciate his help in doing this.

BUDGET for Apple Creek Acres Homeowners Association - 2016

Note: As of 8/19/15 the Association had a fund balance of $7,074.28. There are projected expenses of $3000.28 for the remainder of the year. There is a carry over to reduce next year’s assessment in the amount of $4,074.00.

Projected Expenses:
Main Road Repair $21,799.00*
Side Roads 4000.00
Snow Removal/Salt 7000.00
Sub Total $32,799.00

Legal $1000.00
Mailing 100.00
Office Supplies 100.00
Bank Fees 75.00
Reimbursement 1000.00
Insurance 750.00 (general liability coverage for protecting ACAHA at large)
Sub Total $3025.00
Total Expenses: $35,824.00

Income: $31,750.00 2016 Assessment of $250.00 x 127 lots
4,074.00 Carry over from 2015
Total Funds: $35,824.00 for all expenses related to ACAHA road repair and maintenance

*Includes $5,000.00 for needed replacement of first under-road culvert past entrance gate
Note: This budget is a projection of planned expenses. Unplanned events may require the revision of the budget. 

Sunday, August 23, 2015


I hope everyone has had a good summer.  More of it left, of course, but schools are back in full swing and I'm now driving a route for Clyde Elementary - it's given me a whole new appreciation and respect for those big yellow cans.  :-)

I got to the annual meeting a few minutes late, but all seemed to go rather smoothly.  A new board was elected, and as soon as I hear from them I'll post whatever it is they'd like to get out to the HOA. 

Got to meet some new faces on the mountain, so welcome!  We got a lot of great paving done this summer, so thanks for everyone's help and inconveniences that long day...well worth everyone's effort.

For any of us that have been up here for any length of time, bears and coyotes come with the territory.  The bears (I seem to have 3 regulars here at the end of Staymon right now) have been making nightly visits onto my deck and riling my pups up.  Been trying to keep damage to a minimum, but I need to double the height of my deck railing up against the hill, methinks.  All that to say to our newcomers "heads up"...for once, I'm kind of wanting winter to get here so they'll go to sleep.

8-21-15 10:30pm

8-22-15 10:45pm

On a brighter note, here are some dawn and rainbow shots from home here at the end of Staymon (click to enlarge):

odd piece of a rainbow from Aug. 20
Aug. 17, 2015
Aug 12, 2015


Thursday, August 6, 2015


I trust by now everyone has received their proxies and info sheet on our annual HOA meeting, with the agenda printed on the back side.  On SATURDAY AUGUST 15, our meeting will convene at 10 am in the Haywood County public library...drive around the side and go in the lower level doors to find our meeting room. Meeting should be adjourned by, or before 12 noon.

Proxies are critical for any voting and/or elections.  A quorum of  64 lot/homeowners is needed, though as I type there are only 13 turned in, according to president Keith Patton.  If you are attending in person, you can certainly bring it with you, but for any others, please mail your proxy to your homeowner of choice so they may vote for you.  This is one of the most critical actions we all have to take for the annual meeting.

If you have any questions, please contact a board member.


Thursday, July 9, 2015


The latest official word just came in from president Keith Patton: 

MONDAY JULY 13 Apple Creek Road will be CLOSED from Chris and Helen's house @ 221 Apple Creek Road on up from 8:30AM through 5:00PM

It is imperative that no residents try to negotiate the road and drive around the ongoing work, so please plan ahead to leave early if you must, and delay re-entry until late afternoon.  Everyone's cooperation is appreciated, in advance. A significant amount of needed paving will be done, and the weather is looking most cooperative so we can get it done in the one day.

If you have any questions, please contact Keith or any other board member.