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I am working on the template of this blog today in order to chase down some problems that have developed with my template and widgets.

Macon County Commissioners

Coverage of the meetings of the Macon County Board of County Commissioners.

Franklin Town Board of Aldermen

Coverage of the meetings of the Franklin Town Board of Aldermen.

Macon County School Board

Coverage of the meetings of the Macon County School Board.

Photoblog

Photos from my photoblog.

Nothing is here yet

I haven't decided what to put here yet, so look at this pretty photo.

Friday, December 31, 2010

Ringing in 2011



Watch live streaming video from 2011 at livestream.com

A view of the ringing in of 2011 from Times Square in New York City provided via Livestream.


Also, you can listen to an audio stream of public safety communications for a behind the scenes feel of what is happening at the celebration.


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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Cryosphere: Northern Hemisphere Snow and Ice Chart

Snow and Ice Coverage of the Northern Hemisphere 
Graphic Courtesy of the National Ice Center


A nice graphical representation of the expansion of the Cryosphere of late...Global Warming, indeed!!!


Source: National Ice Center

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Monday, December 27, 2010

Music Monday: Deutsche Welle Classical Masterpieces
Schumann's Symphony No 3, the "Rhenish"

Composer Robert SchumannRobert Schumann’s Symphony Nr.3 is one of the most famous orchestral works between those of Beethoven and Brahms. The "Rhenish" contains no trace of the sickness and depression of his final years. Robert Schumann (1810 – 1856) fought a life-long battle against depression. Between two periods of crisis – isolation in Dresden and the years of his final illness – Schumann and his wife, Clara, enjoyed some happy years in Düsseldorf. It is thanks to this intermezzo that he was able to compose some of the great works of Romanticism, including his "Rhenish Symphony", which he wrote in only four weeks. Its five movements radiate joy and cheerfulness. Originally Broadcast in August 2006 on Deutsche Welle Radio.


[Click Here to Download MP3 file]
**note** I am experiencing problems with DivShare, the host of my audio files, so I am temporarily unable to embed this file. The website is down and there is no information on why this is so...
**update** DivShare is back up, so I've embedded a an audio player above and changed the MP3 Download URL.




Source: Deutsche Welle Classical Masterpieces
For your MP3 Player: [RSS Feed] [iTunes feed]
Wikipedia: Symphony No. 3 “Rhenish” in E flat major, Op. 97




The Performers


Conductor: Kent Nagano [website] [Wikipedia]


Orchestra: Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin




The Composer


Robert Schumann [Wikipedia] [Complete list of Works] [Essentials of Music]


Previously:




Music Monday: The Concert Podcast #108 Schubert’s Journey



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The Christmas 2010 Snow Storm

Snow covered trees near Franklin, NC on Christmas Day 2010


The Epic Christmas Day Snowstorm of 2010 brought the area from 6 to 16 inches of snow. Being in a valley, I only received 8.75 inches...but am well-satisfied with what I got.


Here is a sampling of some photos I took...








I pretty much stay at home when these storms hit, so I have to live vicariously through the experiences of others...and here are the first batch of such experiences as uploaded to You Tube of the snow in the Franklin, NC area...



Christmas Day Snow Report #1 from Janice...



Christmas Day Snow Report #2 from Sted...



Snow Report from Ellijay...


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Friday, December 24, 2010

Christmas Winter Storm Headed for WNC Region
Multiple Updates Included

**12.26** Here is Version 5.0 of the NWS Storm Total Snow Depth
This puts me firmly in the 12" range!!!


The FIFTH Snow Depth Forecast on the 2010 Christmas Storm 
Graphic Courtesy of the Greenville Office of the National Weather Service


**9.59am** New Snow Forecast Map from the National Weather Service! 



The FOURTH Snow Depth Forecast on the 2010 Christmas Storm 
Graphic Courtesy of the Greenville Office of the National Weather Service






**5.23am** This Storm is now in the dangerous category. 


The following discussion mentions a ratio of 12:1 for the snow based on QPFs of 0.5 to 0.75 liquid equiv. I think that 20:1 or greater is m ore likely for a large part of the region that would yield 10 inches for the the 0.5 and 15 inches for the 0.75 regions. 


 Here is a map of the latest GFS run of the QPF Numbers





Latest QPF Numbers from NOAA GFS Model Run 
Graphic Courtesy NOAA



Here is a portion of the latest Area Forecast Discussion from the GSP Office of the NWS: 



AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GREENVILLE-SPARTANBURG SC
519 AM EST SAT DEC 25 2010

.SYNOPSIS...
LOW PRESSURE WILL STRENGTHEN AND TRACK EAST ACROSS THE NORTHERN GULF 
OF MEXICO TODAY. THIS LOW WILL DEEPEN AS IT TURNS NORTHEAST ALONG 
THE CAROLINA COAST EARLY SUNDAY AND CONTINUES TO THE NEW ENGLAND 
COAST EARLY MONDAY. COLD CANADIAN HIGH PRESSURE WILL BUILD FROM THE 
MISSISSIPPI VALLEY INTO THE FIRST HALF OF THE WEEK.

&&

.NEAR TERM /THROUGH TONIGHT/...
THE PAST FEW MODEL RUNS HAVE VEERED DRAMATICALLY BACK INTO THE HEAVY 
SNOW CAMP FOR THE WESTERN CAROLINAS AND NE GA FOR TODAY AND TONIGHT. 

A NRN STREAM STREAM SHORT WAVE IS DIGGING MORE THAN THE MODELS HAD 
ORIGINALLY PREDICTED. THIS FEATURE CONTINUES TO STRENGTHEN AS 
INDICATED BY THE INCREASING DARK BAND ON WATER VAPOR IMAGERY OVER 
THE SRN PLAINS. THIS IS RESULTING IS DOWNSTREAM UPPER DIVERGENCE AND 
QG FORCING. A BAND OF 600 MB FRONTOGENESIS EXTENDS ACROSS TN AND 
INTO WRN NC. THIS BAND IS MOST CLOSELY ASSOCIATED WITH THE PCPN OVER 
SRN TN. THE FRONTOGENESIS IS PROGGED TO STRENGTHEN THROUGH 18 
UTC...WHICH MATCHES THE INCREASING PCPN TREND. THE LATEST GFS AND 
ECMWF NOW HAVE 0.50 TO 0.75 INCHES OF LIQUID EQUIVALENT PCPN OVER 
THE MTNS OF NC/SC/GA AND THE NC FOOTHILLS THROUGH 00 UTC TODAY. WITH 
A SNOW RATIO OF 12:1...THIS WOULD YIELD OVER 8 INCHES OF SNOW IN 
SPOTS. WE/VE BEEN PLAYING CATCHUP WITH THIS EVENT...AND THE 6 INCH 
TOTALS I HAVE IN THE CENTRAL AND SRN NC MTNS TODAY WILL PROBABLY 
NEED TO BE BUMPED UP ANOTHER COUPLE INCHES AT LEAST. THIS AMOUNT OF 
SNOW IS LIKELY TO DOWN TREES...CAUSE POWER OUTAGES AND WILL MAKE 
CHRISTMAS TRAVEL NEARLY IMPOSSIBLE OVER MUCH OF THE MTNS BY LATER IN 
THE MORNING....WITH THE NC FOOTHILLS EXPERIENCING SIMILAR CONDITIONS 
LATER IN THE DAY. IN SHORT...THIS IS GOING TO BE A SIGNIFICANT AND 
DANGEROUS WINTER STORM FOR THE MTNS AND FOOTHILLS TODAY.

THEN THERE IS PART TWO. A POTENT SRN STREAM SHORT WAVE...WHICH IS 
ONLY INDIRECTLY RESPONSIBLE FOR THE HEAVY SNOW TODAY...WILL BE 
PICKED UP BY THE NRN STREAM WAVE. AS THE NRN STREAM WAVE IS SLOWER 
AND DEEPER...IT LOOKS TO PHASE MORE WITH THE SRN STREAM ENERGY THAN 
ORIGINALLY EXPECTED. AS STRONG DEEP LAYER Q-VECTOR CONVERGENCE 
DEVELOPS OVER THE REGION TONIGHT...A PIVOTING BAND OF SNOW IS 
EXPECTED TO CONTINUE OVER THE EASTERN PART OF THE FA. BOTH NAM AND 
GFS CROSS SECTIONS SHOW A GOOD AREA OF NEGATIVE EPV CROSSING THE 
FOOTHILLS AND PIEDMONT TOWARD 0600 UTC. AS THIS HAPPENS...A PERIOD 
OF HEAVY SNOW IS EXPECTED ACROSS THE I-77 CORRIDOR AND INTO THE 
CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN UPSTATE. FOR NOW I/M JUST GOING WITH 2 TO 4 
INCHES OF SNOW FOR THESE AREAS...WHICH IS STILL ENOUGH TO WARRANT A 
WINTER STORM WARNING UP THE I-85 AND I-77 CORRIDORS. HOWEVER...IF 
THIS WESTWARD ADJUSTMENT AND PHASING CONTINUES...THEN HEAVIER SNOW 
IS VERY POSSIBLE.

THIS IS SOMETHING TO KEEP IN MIND FOR THE URBAN CORRIDOR FROM 
GREENVILLE-SPARTANBURG UP TO THE CHARLOTTE METRO AREAS. IT WILL TAKE 
SOME TIME FOR THE LOWEST LEVELS TO COOL TODAY AND FOR ALL SNOW TO 
FALL ACROSS THESE AREA. HOWEVER...THIS SECONDARY AREA OF FORCING 
WITH THE SRN STREAM WAVE IS LIKELY TO REINVIGORATE THE PCPN THIS 
EVENING...RESULTING IN A RAPID TRANSITION TO HEAVY SNOW WHERE THERE 
WAS A MIX BEFORE. STILL...I THINK THE URBAN CORRIDOR WILL CHANGE 
OVER IN THE 19 TO 20 UTC TIME FRAME...WHICH IS PLENTY OF TIME TO 
WATCH THE SNOW FALL AND EXPERIENCE A WHITE CHRISTMAS OVER THE 
PIEDMONT.

&&



**4.47am** The NWS has upgraded the entire region to a Winter Storm Warning, and they've updated their maps to match my earlier prediction of a heavier event... 









The THIRD Snow Depth Forecast on the 2010 Christmas Storm Courtesy of the Greenville Office of the National Weather Service



Please continue to follow this snow closely and keep checking for further updates on the National Weather Service website [Storm Totals] or your favorite TV or Radio Station.


Here is the announcement: 





Winter Storm Warning
URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GREENVILLE-SPARTANBURG SC
437 AM EST SAT DEC 25 2010


...WINTER STORM TO AFFECT THE WESTERN CAROLINAS AND NORTHEAST
GEORGIA TODAY AND TONIGHT...


.A DEVELOPING STORM SYSTEM IS EXPECTED TO BRING HEAVY SNOWFALL TO
THE REGION TODAY AND TONIGHT. AFTER AN ARCTIC COLD FRONT MOVES
THROUGH THE REGION LATER TONIGHT...NORTHWEST WINDS WILL INTERACT
WITH MOISTURE OVER THE MOUNTAINS TO PRODUCE SCATTERED TO NUMEROUS
SNOW SHOWERS LATE TONIGHT THROUGH MONDAY. THIS WILL RESULT IN
ADDITIONAL HEAVY SNOWFALL ACCUMULATIONS ACROSS THE HIGHER
MOUNTAINS ALONG THE TENNESSEE BORDER.


...WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON EST SUNDAY...


THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN GREENVILLE-SPARTANBURG HAS ISSUED
A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW...WHICH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL
NOON EST SUNDAY. THE WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IS NO LONGER IN
EFFECT.


* LOCATIONS...THE MOUNTAIN COUNTIES OF NORTH CAROLINA NOT
  BORDERING TENNESSEE...THE MOUNTAINS OF SOUTH CAROLINA AND
  GEORGIA AND THE NORTH CAROLINA FOOTHILLS.


* HAZARDS...HEAVY SNOW.


* TIMING...ACCUMULATING SNOW WILL SPREAD ACROSS THE NORTH CAROLINA
  MOUNTAINS THIS MORNING.


* ACCUMULATIONS...4 TO 8 INCHES.


* IMPACTS...WITH TEMPERATURES NEAR FREEZING AND INCREASING
  SNOWFALL INTENSITY THROUGH THE MORNING...ROADS WILL RAPIDLY
  BECOME SLICK AND SNOW COVERED. TRAVEL WILL QUICKLY BECOME
  DANGEROUS. HEAVY SNOW MAY ALSO BRING DOWN TREES AND POWER LINES.


* TEMPERATURES...HIGHS IN THE LOW TO MID 30S. LOWS IN THE MID TO
  UPPER 20S.


PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...


A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW MEANS SEVERE WINTER WEATHER
CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF SNOW
ARE FORECAST THAT WILL MAKE TRAVEL DANGEROUS. ONLY TRAVEL IN AN
EMERGENCY. IF YOU MUST TRAVEL...BE SURE TO TAKE ALONG YOUR CELL
PHONE. WEAR A WARM COAT...GLOVES...AND BOOTS. KEEP A BLANKET...
FLASHLIGHT...FOOD...AND WATER IN YOUR VEHICLE IN CASE OF AN
EMERGENCY.


&&


$$





**Christmas Day, 2.24am** The NWS has increased the snow depth map. Here it is:










Second Snow Depth Forecast on Christmas Eve Courtesy of the Greenville Office of the National Weather Service











Initial Snow Depth Forecast on Christmas Eve Courtesy of the Greenville Office of the National Weather Service

As the above map indicates, we're gonna get a shot at a once in a lifetime event in Dixie...a White Christmas! It looks like most of the snow will fall during the day on Christmas and the day or two following...but we'll get the 1" on the ground that'll qualify it for a White Christmas on Christmas Day. 


It is my belief that we'll get more than what they are predicting and I'm stacking out a prediction of at least 5" in Franklin, NC...which is 2.4" on the above map.


Remember to keep checking the forecast on your favorite TV or Radio Station, or on the web at the National Weather Service website.


Here is the Urgent Winter Weather Message from the National Weather Service:

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GREENVILLE-SPARTANBURG SC
256 PM EST FRI DEC 24 2010


...WINTER WEATHER TO AFFECT PORTIONS OF THE WESTERN CAROLINAS AND
NORTH GEORGIA CHRISTMAS DAY THROUGH MONDAY...


.A DEVELOPING STORM SYSTEM IS EXPECTED TO BRING LIGHT SNOWFALL TO
THE MOUNTAINS AND PORTIONS OF THE PIEDMONT SATURDAY. AFTER AN
ARCTIC COLD FRONT MOVES THROUGH THE REGION LATE SATURDAY...
NORTHWEST WINDS WILL INTERACT WITH MOISTURE OVER THE MOUNTAINS TO
PRODUCE SCATTERED TO NUMEROUS SNOW SHOWERS SATURDAY NIGHT THROUGH
MONDAY. THIS MAY RESULT IN HEAVY SNOWFALL ACCUMULATIONS ACROSS THE
HIGHER MOUNTAINS ALONG THE TENNESSEE BORDER.


GAZ010-017-NCZ068>071-SCZ001>010-251000-
/O.NEW.KGSP.WW.Y.0032.101225T1400Z-101226T0500Z/
RABUN-HABERSHAM-CLEVELAND-LINCOLN-GASTON-MECKLENBURG-
OCONEE MOUNTAINS-PICKENS MOUNTAINS-GREENVILLE MOUNTAINS-
GREATER OCONEE-GREATER PICKENS-GREATER GREENVILLE-SPARTANBURG-
CHEROKEE-YORK-ANDERSON-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...CLAYTON...CLARKESVILLE...SHELBY...
LINCOLNTON...GASTONIA...CHARLOTTE...GREENVILLE...SPARTANBURG...
GAFFNEY...ROCK HILL...ANDERSON
256 PM EST FRI DEC 24 2010


...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 9 AM SATURDAY TO
MIDNIGHT EST SATURDAY NIGHT...


THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN GREENVILLE-SPARTANBURG HAS ISSUED
A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 9 AM
SATURDAY TO MIDNIGHT EST SATURDAY NIGHT.


* LOCATIONS...THE I-85 CORRIDOR IN NORTH AND SOUTH CAROLINA...AS
WELL AS THE GEORGIA AND SOUTH CAROLINA MOUNTAINS.


* HAZARDS...LIGHT SNOW...MIXED WITH OR CHANGING TO RAIN AT TIMES.


* TIMING...MID-MORNING THROUGH CHRISTMAS EVENING.


* ACCUMULATIONS...AROUND 1 INCH.


* IMPACTS...SLICK SPOTS MAY DEVELOP ON ELEVATED SURFACES...SUCH AS
BRIDGES AND OVERPASSES.


* TEMPERATURES...HIGHS IN THE UPPER 30S. LOWS IN THE UPPER 20S.


PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...


A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY MEANS THAT PERIODS OF SNOW...SLEET...OR
FREEZING RAIN MAY CAUSE TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR
SLIPPERY ROADS AND LIMITED VISIBILITIES...AND USE CAUTION WHILE
DRIVING.


&&


$$


NCZ033-048>052-058-251000-
/O.NEW.KGSP.WS.A.0010.101225T2300Z-101227T2300Z/
AVERY-MADISON-YANCEY-MITCHELL-SWAIN-HAYWOOD-GRAHAM-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...NEWLAND...SPRUCE PINE...CHEROKEE...
WAYNESVILLE
256 PM EST FRI DEC 24 2010


...WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM SATURDAY EVENING THROUGH
MONDAY AFTERNOON ABOVE 3500 FEET...


THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN GREENVILLE-SPARTANBURG HAS ISSUED
A WINTER STORM WATCH ABOVE 3500 FEET...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM
SATURDAY EVENING THROUGH MONDAY AFTERNOON.


* LOCATIONS...ELEVATIONS ABOVE 3500 FEET IN THE TENNESSEE BORDER
COUNTIES OF THE NORTH CAROLINA MOUNTAINS.


* HAZARDS...HEAVY SNOW...BLOWING SNOW...VERY WINDY CONDITIONS...AND
BITTER WIND CHILLS.


* TIMING...ALTHOUGH LIGHT SNOW ACCUMULATIONS ARE POSSIBLE ACROSS THE
NORTH CAROLINA MOUNTAINS LATE TONIGHT THROUGH SATURDAY...A PERIOD
OF HEAVIER NORTHWEST FLOW SNOWFALL WILL DEVELOP SATURDAY NIGHT
AND LINGER INTO MONDAY.


* ACCUMULATIONS...5 TO 8 INCHES...WITH ISOLATED 8 TO 10 INCH
ACCUMULATIONS POSSIBLE ON THE HIGHEST RIDGE TOPS.


* IMPACTS...THE COMBINATION OF ACCUMULATING SNOWFALL AND VERY WINDY
CONDITIONS WILL MAKE TRAVEL TREACHEROUS ACROSS PARTS OF THE NORTH
CAROLINA MOUNTAINS LATE THIS WEEKEND. BLOWING SNOW COULD LOCALLY
REDUCE VISIBILITY TO LESS THAN ONE QUARTER MILE AT TIMES.


* TEMPERATURES...HIGHS WILL REMAIN IN THE 20S ON SUNDAY AND
MONDAY...WITH LOWS IN THE TEENS. BITTER WIND CHILLS BETWEEN ZERO
AND MINUS 10 WILL RESULT...ESPECIALLY AROUND DAYBREAK MONDAY
MORNING.


* WINDS...NORTHWEST WINDS WILL INCREASE TO 20 TO 30 MPH ON
SUNDAY...WITH SOME GUSTS BETWEEN 40 AND 50 MPH POSSIBLE LATE
SUNDAY THROUGH MONDAY.


PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...


A WINTER STORM WATCH MEANS THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR SIGNIFICANT
SNOW...SLEET...OR ICE ACCUMULATIONS THAT MAY IMPACT TRAVEL.
CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE LATEST FORECASTS.


&&


$$
LANE/HG


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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Will WNC See a White Christmas in 2010?

**7.12am** I'm cranking the Snow Siren. Make sure that you have adequate supplies and a reliable source of heat. I'm feeling more confident that we could be witnessing an historic snow event in the Carolinas...certainly in the central region, maybe in the mountains as well. Please check the weather forecast every so often over the next few days via your favorite broadcaster or the National Weather Service.


The above graphic comes from an article in the crowd-sourced Examiner website. The author gives a range of 1-3 inches on the low side and 10-20 inches on the high side for western North Carolina. Read his article for more information. He also has his own web page.





**3.42am** The following is a highly technical (weather geeks only) discussion of the storm:
Here is a Blog Talk Radio Show that discusses weather and mentions this storm...

Listen to internet radio with AmericanWx on Blog Talk Radio



The National Weather Service is hedging their bet, too...although they do not mention the possibility of a superstorm like the Examiner author does. Here is the latest statement from the GSP Office: 


LOW PRESSURE IS EXPECTED TO MOVE ACROSS THE DEEP SOUTH CHRISTMAS
DAY. AT THIS TIME THERE IS STILL UNCERTAINTY AS TO HOW STRONG THE
LOW WILL BE AND HOW FAR SOUTH IT WILL TRACK...AS WELL AS THE TIMING
OF PRECIPITATION. HOWEVER...THERE IS A GOOD CHANCE OF WINTRY
PRECIPITATION FALLING FRIDAY NIGHT INTO SATURDAY NIGHT ACROSS THE
NORTH CAROLINA MOUNTAINS. IF THE LOW TRACKS WELL SOUTH OF THE
REGION...MAINLY SNOW WILL FALL. IF THE LOW STAYS FARTHER NORTH...
CROSSING THE CAROLINAS...THEN MORE OF A MIX OF WINTRY PRECIPITATION
TYPES WILL OCCUR. AS THE LOW DEEPENS ALONG THE SOUTHEAST COAST ON
SUNDAY...SNOWFALL...ALONG WITH WINDY CONDITIONS AND LOW WIND
CHILLS...WILL CONTINUE OVER THE NORTH CAROLINA MOUNTAINS...MAINLY
NEAR THE TENNESSEE BORDER. RESIDENTS AND THOSE WITH TRAVEL PLANS
ACROSS WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA THIS WEEKEND SHOULD CLOSELY MONITOR
THE FORECAST FOR THIS POTENTIAL WINTER STORM EVENT.

The forecast for the extreme western part of Macon County is a different animal altogether. The Morristown Office of the National Weather Service provides forecasts for that area...and it is as follows:



...ACCUMULATING SNOW POSSIBLE THIS WEEKEND...


A LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM IS FORECAST TO DEVELOP NEAR THE GULF COAST
FRIDAY BEFORE TRACKING ACROSS THE SOUTHEASTERN STATES AND THEN
NORTHEAST OFF THE CAROLINA COAST. WHILE THE TRACK OF THIS STORM
IS STILL VERY UNCERTAIN...THIS SYSTEM HAS THE POTENTIAL TO BRING
SIGNIFICANT SNOW ACCUMULATIONS TO THE REGION CHRISTMAS EVE INTO
CHRISTMAS DAY.


PRECIPITATION IS EXPECTED TO MOVE INTO THE AREA FRIDAY AFTERNOON OR
FRIDAY NIGHT. THE PRECIPITATION MAY BEGIN AS RAIN...ESPECIALLY OVER
SOUTHERN AREAS...BUT IS FORECAST TO TRANSITION TO ALL SNOW BY EARLY
SATURDAY MORNING. THE SNOW IS FORECAST TO DIMINISH SATURDAY...BEFORE
TRANSITIONING TO SNOW SHOWERS AND FLURRIES FOR SATURDAY NIGHT AND
SUNDAY.


THE DETAILS OF THIS SYSTEM ARE STILL VERY UNCERTAIN...AND THERE IS
STILL THE POTENTIAL THAT MUCH OF THE PRECIPITATION WILL FALL AS
RAIN OR THAT THE SYSTEM WILL TRACK FAR ENOUGH AWAY THAT VERY LITTLE
PRECIPITATION WILL FALL IN OUR AREA.   HOWEVER...AT THIS TIME IT
APPEARS LIKELY THAT AT LEAST SOME SNOW WILL FALL...AND SIGNIFICANT
ACCUMULATIONS ARE POSSIBLE. RIGHT NOW THE BEST CHANCES FOR
SIGNIFICANT SNOW ACCUMULATIONS APPEAR TO BE ACROSS SOUTHWEST
VIRGINIA...THE NORTHERN HALF OF EAST TENNESSEE...AND THE HIGHER
ELEVATIONS...WHERE THE PROBABILITY OF AN EXTENDED PERIOD OF RAIN IS
LOWER.


STAY TUNED TO NOAA WEATHER RADIO AND OTHER LOCAL MEDIA FOR FURTHER
DETAILS OR UPDATES ON THIS POTENTIAL WINTER WEATHER SITUATION.



Anyway, enough speculation for the future...here is a handy-dandy table from the National Weather Service giving the record of previous White Christmases in western North Carolina and Upstate South Carolina during their period of record-keeping...

Snowfall on Christmas Day (1878-2009)
Click on a year for a map
Will We Have a White Christmas?
YearAVL DowntownAVL AirportCLTGSP
18804.0
1889T
1902T
19090.1
1914T
19150.3
1919T
1924T
1929T
19350.1
1943T
19450.4
19473.45.82.0
1948T
1953TT
1956T
1961T
19620.3T
19631.4
1965TT
1966T0.0T
19699.45.4TT
19700.4
1975T0.4TT
1977T
1976T
1979TT
19800.2T
19813.02.0
1983T
19850.3T
19890.2
19930.70.4TNote 1
19950.1T
1998TTTNote 2
1999TT
2002TT
 2007TTT
��� Note 1: Scattered snowshowers in the Upstate�no GSP accumulation.
��� Note 2: A few areas of snowshowers near the NC border�no GSP accumulation.
**5.14am**


The GSP Office of the National Weather Service sounds like they're getting on board with some snow this Christmas...


HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GREENVILLE-SPARTANBURG SC
459 AM EST WED DEC 22 2010


THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA.


.DAY ONE...TODAY AND TONIGHT.


A LIGHT ACCUMULATION OF SNOW IS POSSIBLE ALONG THE TENNESSEE
BORDER TONIGHT.


.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...THURSDAY THROUGH TUESDAY.


LOW PRESSURE IS EXPECTED TO MOVE ACROSS THE DEEP SOUTH THIS
WEEKEND. CONFIDENCE IS SLOWLY AND GRADUALLY IMPROVING THAT THE LOW
PRESSURE SYSTEM WILL MOVE TO THE SOUTH OF THE REGION CHRISTMAS DAY
AND SATURDAY NIGHT...WITH PRECIPITATION FALLING WHILE COLD AIR IS
IN PLACE ACROSS MOST OF THE REGION. AT THIS TIME...CONSIDERABLE
UNCERTAINTY REMAINS AS TO THE TIMING AND AMOUNT OF PRECIPITATION.
IF MODEL GUIDANCE IS CORRECT...ACCUMULATING SNOW IS LIKELY TO THE
NORTH OF A LINE FROM HARTWELL TO ANDERSON AND LAURENS...STARTING
ON CHRISTMAS MORNING AND CONTINUING INTO SATURDAY EVENING.
DEPENDING ON HOW MUCH MOISTURE IS AVAILABLE TO THE LOW AS IT MOVES
PAST... AMOUNTS COULD RANGE ANYWHERE FROM ONE TO SEVERAL INCHES OF
SNOW. LATER DEVELOPMENTS WILL DETERMINE IF...WHEN...AND WHERE A
WINTER STORM WATCH WILL BE ISSUED. AS THE LOW RAPIDLY DEEPENS
ALONG THE SOUTHEAST COAST ON SUNDAY... SNOWFALL...ALONG WITH WINDY
CONDITIONS AND LOW WIND CHILLS...WILL CONTINUE OVER THE NORTH
CAROLINA MOUNTAINS. RESIDENTS AND PEOPLE WITH TRAVEL PLANS ACROSS
THE WESTERN CAROLINAS THIS WEEKEND SHOULD CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE
FORECAST FOR THIS POTENTIAL WINTER STORM EVENT.


.SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT...


NONE.


$$


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