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2019 Mountains and Foothills Spring/Summer thread

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1 hour ago, SnoJoe said:

Going to be hot here in Salter Path as well. That's why I had them put in an ocean out back. Pricey, but worth it when it heats up.

My station in Yancey Co. says it's 66.9. Can that be right?

I'm currently at 71.1° at 4400' and Mt. Mitchell is at 68°. 

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This is probably the only time of year I'm ok with warm and dry. The rhododendrons and other wildflowers have been great so far and no rain to beat them down. Did see quite a few blooms welted a bit from the heat yesterday though.

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Alright I'm over the heat. Havent felt rain since the Tash Sultana concert on Mothers day at Pisgah Brewing. When do the early bogus winter forecasts come out??

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I headed to the mountains on Memorial Day to escape the heat:

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14 hours ago, Met1985 said:

Beautiful pics eyewall.

Thank you!

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19 hours ago, Buckethead said:

I'm loving this weather, but some rain would be nice.  I'm hoping these showers back to the west of us deliver later this evening.  

Got some rain up this way in Boone last night. Hope yall had some as well, can already tell my allergies are so much better.

 

19 hours ago, Tyler Penland said:


 

 


That was quick.

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(That's what she said) also the heat doesnt bother me unless I'm working and dont get to enjoy it lol, then I just want it to be miserable and wet outside so I feel like I'm not missing anything.

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The blooms have been gorgeous this year but the haze and clouds have been a problem for photography in the northern half of NC. Got this shot of a flame azalea yesterday evening on Roan. I'll share a few more when I get around to editing them all. d49ff328a4cd7334c2a0542f10cd3f51.jpg

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I may be the only one who thinks this, but did we really need the rain? We were only .31 below normal at the airport for May. We are 8 inches above normal for the year. We have had a 100 inches of rain in the last year in a half. People around here were acting like we were in the Oklahoma dust bowl. 

I am sick of rain. The ground water table has to be maxed out. We had many years with half the rain we have had, and seemed to do fine. 

We are getting ready to flood, YET AGAIN. Is the new norm that we have to flood before we have had enough rain? I am just speaking of WNC. Other areas may need the rain. A brown yard does not mean we need the rain in my opinion. Any farmers should be prepared for drier spells.

Something doesn't add up to me. We should be fine on rain for a couple of months one would think. Not saying I am not wrong. That is just the way that it seems to me.

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5 hours ago, ncjoaquin said:

I may be the only one who thinks this, but did we really need the rain? We were only .31 below normal at the airport for May. We are 8 inches above normal for the year. We have had a 100 inches of rain in the last year in a half. People around here were acting like we were in the Oklahoma dust bowl. 

I am sick of rain. The ground water table has to be maxed out. We had many years with half the rain we have had, and seemed to do fine. 

We are getting ready to flood, YET AGAIN. Is the new norm that we have to flood before we have had enough rain? I am just speaking of WNC. Other areas may need the rain. A brown yard does not mean we need the rain in my opinion. Any farmers should be prepared for drier spells.

Something doesn't add up to me. We should be fine on rain for a couple of months one would think. Not saying I am not wrong. That is just the way that it seems to me.

I agree with you, look at the drought monitor and that tells the tale when it comes to needing rain IMO.  Eastern side of the state, sure.  Us? Nope.

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22 minutes ago, strongwxnc said:

I’ll be in black mountain this weekend running the black mountain monster 24hour race. Looks to be wet!




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Hope you're a good swimmer 

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WPC Soecial Statement On Flask Flood Threat

The latest HRRR guidance favors additional pockets of 3 to 6+ inch
rainfall amounts going through 06Z, with the heaviest amounts
occurring over western NC. In time, areas of southwest VA may see
a bit of an uptick in more concentrated rainfall which will be due
to some strengthening and veering of the low-level flow north of
the stationary front. Given the earlier heavy rains and enhanced
rainfall potential overnight (especially with such high rainfall
rates), flash flooding will be likely and may be locally
significant.

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This return of unsettled weather will be here to stay for a bit. After a relatively dry hot May, June will be much different.  Unsettled with near normal temps. Also the Euro is showing a pretty good trough dipping down next week that could bring some nice temps with continued unsettled weather. 

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1 hour ago, Rainforrest said:

Looks like it’s going to get nasty this pm and tonight. 

Yeah especially for the eastern escarpment.  We are getting into some heavy rainfall this late afternoon but the upslope regions look to get hammered on the eastern side tonight. 

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Headwaters of Lake Norman at Lookout Shoals Dam is highest it has been since 1940. 

Areas of northwest Catawba County, eastern Caldwell County, and western Alexander County  saw 8-12 inches of rainfall. The heaviest rainfall was focused over the watersheds feeding Lake Rhodhiss and Lake Hickory and was responsible for levels at Lookout Shoals Lake not seen since  1940. This has caused flooding of homes along the lake and evacuation orders are in effect.

* The latest lake level data for Lookout Shoals Lake are as follows:

CURRENT POOL...106.7 feet (Moderate Flooding) and falling steadily.
FULL POOL...100.0 feet.
CREST...108.19 feet at 9am on June 9.
This is the highest level recorded since August 1940, when the lake crested at 114.40 feet. Crests during the 2004 and 2013 floods were 107.4 and 107.0 feet, respectively.

Video will not post so still image 

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48 minutes ago, nchighcountrywx said:

Headwaters of Lake Norman at Lookout Shoals Dam is highest it has been since 1940. 

Areas of northwest Catawba County, eastern Caldwell County, and western Alexander County  saw 8-12 inches of rainfall. The heaviest rainfall was focused over the watersheds feeding Lake Rhodhiss and Lake Hickory and was responsible for levels at Lookout Shoals Lake not seen since  1940. This has caused flooding of homes along the lake and evacuation orders are in effect.

* The latest lake level data for Lookout Shoals Lake are as follows:

CURRENT POOL...106.7 feet (Moderate Flooding) and falling steadily.
FULL POOL...100.0 feet.
CREST...108.19 feet at 9am on June 9.
This is the highest level recorded since August 1940, when the lake crested at 114.40 feet. Crests during the 2004 and 2013 floods were 107.4 and 107.0 feet, respectively.

Video will not post so still image 

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That is impressive. I would love to see the video.

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Courtesy of Chris Armstrong.   Chris is working on editing his video from 3 Catawba Valley Basin dams this morning

Here is the Oxford Dam spillway between Lake Hickory and Lookout Shoals

 

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