Friday, December 18, 2009

LET THE SNOWFALL BEGIN

Somewhat earlier than predicted, the snow has started falling in Western North Carolina on this 27th Wedding Anniversary and 27th Date of Great Speechlessness as its known in the Gr8SmokiesZeke lair. When I checked at 4:30 a.m. this morning, there was just a light dusting of snow, which wasn’t predicted to get here until after noon. Now at 7:30 a.m., the snowfall has intensified and is beginning to accumulate. At 7:49 a.m., we have:

  • Temperature of 30.3 degrees
  • Dew Point of 28.3 degrees
  • Barometric Pressure of 30.67 and it is beginning to fall now indicating the storm center is moving our way.

Here are some beginning pictures to get us started on the day…

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It's time for that first cup of good coffee and to enjoy the snowfall. We’ll see how close to the total accumulation amounts the forecasters get. Late last night, they were calling for 3” to 6” in Waynesville. I just heard from the “Nickster” and he is reporting that Ray’s Weather Service is calling for upwards of 8” to a foot of snow now.

9:49 a.m. entry…

The snow continued until the last few minutes and we now have sleet mixing in with lighter snow. Our accumulation rate was about an inch per hour at one point although it has dropped off as I write now. After my fourth cup of “joe” , I note I’m typing faster… Here’s a couple of updated images.

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Current temperature of 30.6 degrees

Current dew point of 39.3 degrees

Current barometric pressure of 29.99 and still falling

 

12:10 update…

A new band of moisture has moved into the area and the snowfall accumulation has increased to 4.5” at our house now. We appear to be in a long cylindrical band of moisture moving north from upstate S.C. with the heaviest moisture being in the Knoxville, TN area to our west-northwest. Latest images follow:

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  • Current Temperature: 31.5 degrees
  • Current Dew Point: 30.5 degrees
  • Barometric Pressure: 39.86 and still falling…

For a nice video about Winter Cycling (stay with a theme here), visit Cycling Expreriences for today’s post.

16:53 hours update…

Power lost at 15:00 hours. Now running on generator power. Currently at 11” and counting. We made one run down the mountain to get gas for the generator. Had only 1 tree down over road that had to be cut up. Computer with weather station is down and won’t boot up again… Grrrr!

19:30 hours update…

Power has been restored and we are back on-line now. We now appear to be on the outer edge of the final moisture band for the day. Drier weather should be making its way into the area over the next couple of hours. We are at 13” inches with light snow falling. I just heard yet another tree snapping and breaking as I was checking the accumulation. Here are the final two pics of the day.

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Thanks to all who followed the storm news today! We are predicted to get more snow tomorrow from the wrap-around moisture as the low moves off to the northeast although no particular further accumulation is expected. I have an idea the road bike will stay safe and sound tomorrow!

Until later,

- Zeke

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