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Monday, December 22, 2008

Of Moisture and Skiing This Holiday Week

We just came through more than a week of fairly wet weather, with temperatures in the 60's.

Skiing This Week?
In the ski business the warm, wet weather was a mixed blessing. On the one hand, the water available to make snow increased as holding ponds were sated, but a good deal of existing snow coverage was lost in the process.

At Wolf Laurel, our local slopes, the rain meant that a number of trails were closed, with the mountain open only to the halfway point. Sometime yesterday afternoon the temperatures dropped precipitously, and they will get a good 36 straight hours of snow making.

Historically this is plenty of time to reclaim trails at the top of the mountain with new snow, and with the weather slated to get back to the upper 50's, should make for nice holiday conditions. Stay tuned.

Rain and The Drought
The recent rains were welcome news with respect to the ongoing, (2 years now?), drought. The French Broad River which had been running at around 33% of average has returned to almost normal flows.

The Asheville Citizen Times gives better perspective. We have been downgraded to extreme drought. The worst is the exceptional category, but our deficit for 2008 will come in around 11 inches. This is approximately 25% under the norm. Combine this with a similar deficit from 2007, and we would like to see continued liquid from the sky in any form.

Be safe and well..

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