Eric

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  1. I well remember the July 1980 heatwave. It was miserable staying in a room with no air conditioning at the Green Park Inn in Blowing Rock with temperatures in the low 90s. The only respite from the heat was an excursion to the top of Grandfather Mountain where even there the temperature was around 80°.
  2. Josh, I am so relieved you made it through the storm safely. I can only imagine what you experienced during the storm and in the chaos afterwards, though your mesmerizing video does an excellent job of conveying it. I can still hear the wind of Hurricane Hugo in my head thirty years later. It's something you can't erase out of your memory. On a side note, the company my brother-in-law works for is located in Freeport. He was able to get back to North Carolina on one of the last flights out of Freeport. Fortunately, the business came through the storm mostly unscathed. It would have been another story had the center of the hurricane traversed the entire length of Grand Bahamas Island.
  3. It's getting tiresome having to constantly read about the "Upper Ridge" in the NWS AFDs. It seems like it's now a year-round occurrence. Friday morning I was checking out the webcam at the Jackson Hole Golf & Tennis Club and I noticed frost on the putting green and driving range and a dusting of snow on the peaks of the Tetons. Would love to have a house there to escape the Southeast heat.
  4. You have to go back to 2006 to find a September that was below normal in Charlotte. Back in the '80s and '90s I used to always do my fall lawn renovation during the second week of September. That changed in the mid 2000s.
  5. Several years ago there was an episode of This Old House showing landscaper Roger Cook installing a tall fescue sod called "Black Beauty" at a project in Lexington, Massachusetts. Roger praised "Black Beauty" for its drought tolerance due to its deep roots. https://www.jonathangreen.com/product/black-beauty-blend-grass-seed.html
  6. One of my favorite snowstorms. Hard to believe we are approaching the fortieth anniversary of that storm.
  7. Check out Eric Webb's NC winter storm maps archive for 1935/1936. An incredible amount of snow fell across the entire state that winter. Monroe received 27" of snow. https://www.webberweather.com/1930s-winter-storms.html
  8. Many thanks to you, @burgertime and others for the pbp with this storm. Well done guys!
  9. Beautiful! No "FAIL"? Excellent! Snow seems to follow you like the Pied Piper.
  10. For early December snowfalls in Charlotte that were 10" or greater, you have to go back to December 2, 1896 when the city received 10" of snow. Monroe, NC received 12" of snow and 16" of snow fell in Chester, SC from that same snowstorm. I believe one of the largest December snowfalls in North Carolina occurred in early December 1886 when over two feet of snow fell around Asheville.
  11. It was looking "crispy" in Monroe today. A client of mine who lives just west of downtown Monroe lost an established dogwood tree in a wooded section of their property due to the ongoing dry weather there. Other dogwoods along the street in their neighborhood are drooping.
  12. Hope this helps. I can attest to the low rainfall totals in Union County North Carolina. It started last summer and has continued ever since. https://water.weather.gov/precip/
  13. Saw this posted on Mount Vernon's Facebook page. It's George Washington's diary entry of a hurricane that impacted the Mid-Atlantic on July 24, 1788. https://founders.archives.gov/documents/Washington/01-05-02-0004-0007-0024 [Diary entry: 24 July 1788] Thursday 24th. Thermometer at 70 in the Morning—71 at Noon and 74 at Night—A very high No. Et. Wind all Night, which, this morning, being accompanied with Rain, became a hurricane—driving the Miniature Ship Federalist from her Moorings, and sinking her—blowing down some trees in the groves & about the houses—loosning the roots, & forcing many others to yield and dismantling most, in a greater or lesser degree of their Bows, & doing other and great mischief to the grain, grass &ca. & not a little to my Mill race. In aword it was violent and severe—more so than has happened for many years. About Noon the Wind suddenly shifted from No. Et. to So. Wt. and blew the remaining part of the day as violently from that quarter. The tide about this time rose near or quite 4 feet higher than it was ever known to do driving Boats &ca. into fields were no tide had ever been heard of before—And must it is to be apprehended have done infinite damage on their Wharves at Alexandria—Norfolk—Baltimore &ca. At home all day. The sudden shift in wind direction indicated the passing of the eye of the storm. GW’s apprehension about the damage done elsewhere was well founded. This hurricane ravaged Bermuda on 19 July, and after sinking many vessels on the North Carolina coast, it struck Norfolk about 5:00 P.M. on 23 July. There, according to a newspaper account, the storm “continued for 9 hours—wind at start from NE—at 0030 [hours] it suddenly shifted to S and blew a perfect hurricane—tearing up large trees by the roots, removing houses, throwing down chimneys, fences, etc., and laying the greatest part of the corn level. . . . Only two ships in Hampton Roads survived the gale” (Phila. Independent Gaz., 8 Aug. 1788, quoted in LUDLUM [2], 30–31). At Alexandria the storm was reported to have “brought in the highest tide that was ever known in this river, and the damage done to Tobacco, Sugar, Salt, &c. in the Warehouses in this town, is computed at five thousand pounds. Several inhabitants on the wharves were obliged to retire to their chambers, and some were taken out of their houses in boats. . . . The damage in the country to the wheat, growing tobacco, Indian-corn, &c. is beyond description; and many planters and farmers, who flattered themselves with much greater crops than have been known for many years past, had their hopes blasted by the violence of the storm” (Md. Journal, 5 Aug. 1788). The center of the hurricane skirted Annapolis, causing little or no damage despite an unprecedented high tide (Md. Gaz., 31 July 1788). However, at Baltimore this evening “The Wind . . . blew with unabated Fury, (accompanied with heavy Rain) for upwards of Twelve Hours, which occasioned a most dreadful Inundation of the Sea, that deluged all the Wharves, Stores, and low Grounds near the Bason and at Fell’s Point, producing a Scene of Devastation and Horror not to be described. . . . Immense Quantities of Sugar, Rice, Salt, Dry Goods, and other valuable Merchandise, were entirely ruined” (Md. Journal, 25 July 1788). North of Baltimore the storm apparently diminished rapidly, possibly exhausting itself in the Appalachian Mountains to the northwest (LUDLUM [2], 30–31).
  14. I remember Boone receiving around a half a foot of snow in mid-April 1983 while I was attending ASU. Hard to believe that was 35 years ago!
  15. With comparisons made to the weather pattern of March and April 1962, I hope we don't have a repeat of the torch that ensued in late April 1962 and continued throughout the month of May 1962. One side note, in a diary I was keeping in 1978 I made an entry on April 8 that the trees were in full leaf in Monroe, North Carolina. I noted it was a remarkable transition from bare trees to full leaf during the first week of that month.