It is really, really fall up here in Western North Carolina. Tango is enjoying the cooler days and all the different smells. Life is good. ❧
Most people are aware of the horrific rains that we have endured here in the Carolinas. I am in Western North Carolina at about 2,ooo feet elevation so most of what falls here heads downhill…towards South Carolina. Poor South Carolina. Anyone who has watched the news in recent days knows the heartache that is being endured in the Palmetto State after a flood of Biblical proportions. But here in North Carolina things are drying out and the sun has shown for two days. It has been wonderful.
The return of the sun has encouraged my mushroom friends to emerge. The first were these helmet-style little guys who popped up at the base of my hickory maple.
I couldn’t believe it when I looked at the photos and saw another little one emerging under the bark.
Later in the day I climbed the ridge behind the house and found this soldier pushing its way up through the pine straw and perfectly lit in the setting light of the day. Things are drying out, life goes on. ❧
One of my favorite weather pages is Mike’s Weather Page. I stumbled on it several years ago when I was trying to find information on the “hurricane spaghetti models.” Those are what they call the different projections that agencies put together when a hurricane develops. They can be wildly divergent and often do look like spaghetti.
But Mike has a lot more than hurricane tracks. He has an amazing number of weather maps posted from various agencies, like the one above which is from NOAA. This is the “Next Five Day Rain Forecast” map and I have only included the east coast of the U.S. Look closely and you’ll see a bright yellow section in the western hills of North Carolina with the notation 17.3. Well, that’s 17.3 inches and is right over my house!!! Well, not exactly, of course, but close enough.
I’m on high ground and not worried but there are many people in the Carolinas that could face some real hardships in the next few days. And who knows where Joaquin will actually end up because the Spaghetti Models are still, pardon the expression, all over the map. ❦