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Eric

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  1. Eric

    August 2018 Observations

    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.
  2. Eric

    August 2018 Observations

    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/
  3. Eric

    July Banter Thread

    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).
  4. 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!
  5. Eric

    Mid to Long Term Discussion 2018

    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.
  6. Isle of Palms, SC - Image credit to Windjammer webcam. Drayton Hall Charleston, SC - Photo credit to Drayton Hall. Have to remember this one come summer when the temperature is 95° and the dewpoint is 78°.
  7. Eric

    Mid to Long Term Discussion 2018

    A post I made a year ago during the February 2017 mega torch. Lest we forget the mid-March snow and the devastating hard freeze that followed afterwards. http://www.weather.gov/ilm/2017March12Snow
  8. Eric

    Mid to Long Term Discussion 2018

    Around three inches. You and @griteater have done real well the past two winters. My brother attended Davidson College back in the 70's and he would send me postcards detailing the amounts of snow he got while we had nothing but rain in Monroe. It's amazing how the rain/snow line sets up in Northern Mecklenburg County. Strangely, Monroe has had far more snow than KCLT over the past twenty years.
  9. Eric

    Mid to Long Term Discussion 2018

    Congratulations Charlotte on recording your first below normal average monthly temperature since January 2016. Charlotte's previous below normal average monthly temperature prior to January 2016 occurred in February 2015. What a streak! Was January an anomaly or will February follow suit?
  10. Eric

    Mid to Long Term Discussion 2018

    It's not often Charleston's season-to-date snowfall exceeds DC's. Charleston - 5.3" Washington National - 3.1" Dulles - 5.0"
  11. Eric

    2018 Banter Thread

    Today is the fortieth anniversary of the great blizzard that struck the Ohio Valley and Great Lakes regions. As an eighth grader, I was keeping a weather diary and I made an entry forty years ago tonight that my home barometer bottomed out at 29.04". One thing I clearly remember about that storm was the hellacious windstorm that lasted well into the next day. Charlotte had wind gusts to near 60 mph. Needless to say, there was quite a bit of tree damage.
  12. Eric

    Potential 1/17-1/18 threat

    With all the time and effort you put into model analysis and PBP, I always root for you to cash in. It worked out very well for you last winter! Thank you for all you contribute to the board. Hopefully everyone cashes in this go-around. To make it truly 1980's old school TWC, you need to have the Yellowjackets' "And You Know That" playing in the background.
  13. Eric

    Potential 1/17-1/18 threat

    I remember that snow being so dry that you could literally blow 8" of snow off your vehicle with your breath.
  14. Eric

    January Observations

    Be careful. Reminds me of a story my mother told me that occurred during the February 1958 cold wave when my parents were building the family home. Workers had set up a salamander heater in the kitchen that overheated and caused a fire. Being that the house was a month away from being completed, the building contractor went on a foul-mouthed tirade berating the workers since he had to absorb the damage costs caused by the fire. Records set during that cold spell still stand today in Charlotte.
  15. Eric

    January Observations

    One for the ages in Charleston and the Low Country. I was hoping for a January 1800 repeat in Charleston and Savannah. Video of the snowfall at Boone Hall Plantation.
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