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HurricaneTracker

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    Asheville, NC

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  1. HurricaneTracker

    2018/2019 Mountains and Foothills Fall/Winter Thread

    Delayed spring seems to be the new normal. This is the 3rd consecutive February with way above average temperatures and flowering trees/bulbs/etc. Only to be followed by a deadly freeze in March and April. And now the mountains look like they will get 4-7" of RAIN in the next 10 days or so. Incredible.
  2. HurricaneTracker

    2018/2019 Mountains and Foothills Fall/Winter Thread

    I can count on one hand the number of snowflakes I had at home today. Just a real underperforming event in the western part of the county.
  3. HurricaneTracker

    2018/2019 Mountains and Foothills Fall/Winter Thread

    Rain in Candler as well. Temps holding at 37F.
  4. HurricaneTracker

    2018/2019 Mountains and Foothills Fall/Winter Thread

    Keep waiting. I don’t see any major snow events on the horizon for at least the next 10 days.
  5. HurricaneTracker

    2018/2019 Mountains and Foothills Fall/Winter Thread

    0.62” liquid equivalent. Little to no ice in southwest Buncombe. Forecast went pretty much like I expected. NAM and RGEM were indeed too aggressive. Glad impacts to most folks are minimal!
  6. HurricaneTracker

    January 12-13th Winter Storm Obs

    Sitting at 32.6° with a dew point of 31° here about 10 miles southwest of Asheville. Temperatures have been rising since 6pm. All rain here.
  7. HurricaneTracker

    2018/2019 Mountains and Foothills Fall/Winter Thread

    My automated rain gauge continues to measure the precipitation. This tells me it continues to be all rain here in southwest Buncombe. 32.3°, dew point 31. No more room left for evaporative cooling. Rain gauge at 0.08” and counting. Minimal to no ZR.
  8. HurricaneTracker

    2018/2019 Mountains and Foothills Fall/Winter Thread

    34/28 here in southwest Buncombe. All rain.
  9. HurricaneTracker

    January 12th-13th event

    Terrible mistake? Hmm. I call it forecaster intuition. To be fair, GFS still shows ice accretions along and north of AVL. I think this is far more realistic than the NAM which has ice accumulations over 0.75" across a broad swath of the central and northern foothills/mountains. Yes dewpoints are dry and yes there will be wetbulbing. But NAM and RGEM are notorious at overdoing ice accumulations. GFS is still a respectable event. Somebody is going to get a cold rain inside the warning area. To that end, even the latest HRRR is more GFS-like than the overly icy NAM. Just saying my experience in CAD ice storm events specifically is that NAM overcools the surface (but does capture warm nose aloft), while GFS is more realistic at the surface but can underdo the warm nose.
  10. HurricaneTracker

    January 12th-13th event

    I know...I looked at it. But my feel is that the NAM is wrong. It’s far too cold. Look at initialization 2m temps this morning versus observed. It was too cold by 2-3 degrees most places. Every CAD event we have had here since November (along with RGEM) has been too cold and showing nasty ice storms when they have yet to verify. I think this event is no different. Go with the GFS if you want a solution that’s closer to reality.
  11. HurricaneTracker

    2018/2019 Mountains and Foothills Fall/Winter Thread

    It is too cold. Was off by 3-4 degrees too cold on min temps this morning. The low is also tracking 75-100 miles further north across the Midwest, giving Chicago 2-4" of snow (when their forecast was zero just last night). This means we here will see a more robust warm nose. Score one for the GFS - mostly non-event here in the mountains.
  12. HurricaneTracker

    January 12th-13th event

    The latest HRRR is consistent with 12Z NAM. It’s a DC special. A non-event for just about everyone in North Carolina, except the highest mountains and elevated valleys. System has jumped north a good 75-100 miles. Last nights runs had no snow for Chicago...now models give them 2-4" today. This brings warm nose more robustly across NC, leaving most of us with just a brief onset of wintry precip before changing to a cold rain.
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    2018/2019 Mountains and Foothills Fall/Winter Thread

    Temps wise, we’ve had a lot of wedge events this season since November. Each time the NAM and RGEM have been the cold outliers that didn’t verify. GFS has actually done well even though it’s QPF has been low all season too. So, I would take NAM QPF with GFS thermal profiles. This event turns into a Winter Wx Advisory for many in the mountains as it would be brief snow/sleet/ZR before changing to a cold rain. Gotta get further north into the deeper cold air like around DC to get good snows.
  14. HurricaneTracker

    2018/2019 Mountains and Foothills Fall/Winter Thread

    Still gotta think it is overdone. Has not yet nailed a ZR event here this season even though it has forecast many.
  15. HurricaneTracker

    2018/2019 Mountains and Foothills Fall/Winter Thread

    I wouldn’t worry too much about this for the mountain zones. The wedge is not going to hold on too long - parent high is too far north and west of its ideal CAD position. Warm nose should work it’s magic. Suspect mountains see mostly rain event and GFS is really hinting at this. Far northern mountains and northern foothills locations will be closer to the cold and more susceptible to wintry precipitation. But for Asheville, Franklin, and escarpment areas, I don’t see this ice accumulation map coming to fruition. At least for now.
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