Category Archives: Clyde’s Columns

Dogwood Report

We’ve been having a little bit of what the locals call “dogwood winter,” on and off. We have a freeze warning tonight, and we had one a few days ago. In between, it’s been very mild, although there has been … Continue reading

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Signs of Spring: First Mourning Cloak

I forgot to mention that I saw the first Mourning Cloak Thursday afternoon (3/29). I saw the first Tiger Swallowtails yesterday (3/31). It strikes me that there’s usually a longer interval between the two, the Mourning Cloaks being early to … Continue reading

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First Mourning Cloak, Tiger Swallowtail

I completely forgot to mention that we saw the first Mourning Cloak Thursday (3/29) and the first Tiger Swallowtail today (3/31/18). About four other butterflies that I couldn’t catch up with to identify.

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A Note on the Progress of Spring: Sarvis Coming, Pine Pollen Too; Turkey Season is In

I’ve seen the first sarvis in bloom on the south side of Pittman Mountain, about 1,800 feet. It’s going to have to hurry if it’s going to help the old gals decorate the altar for Easter. People always ask me … Continue reading

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Snow Report

It’s snowing pretty enthusiastically at our location, about two miles southeast of Mineral Bluff. I believe it started just before 7 AM. It’s a light grapply snow. As of 8:30, it isn’t sticking much on the ground, although the temperature … Continue reading

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Bouncy Weather, Downtown Development

We had a strong thunderstorm last night that dropped several inches of rain. I don’t have my rain gauge out yet, but I’ll bet we had over two inches. The grass is starting to grow in the driveways, and everything … Continue reading

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Report on Spring

We’ve had a steady drizzle all day, temps in the 40s entirely. Shifting mists, classic mountain weather. Our redbuds are starting to bud, along with the red maples. The beech and white oak are still holding their leaves. The oaks … Continue reading

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Coffee on the Porch Today

I’m sure it will bounce back cold, as it always does, but its felt a lot like spring this week. It was about 60 this morning and we had coffee on the porch for the first time this year. Yesterday … Continue reading

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Rain, But Not Freezing Rain

It started to rain early this morning, but the temperature where we are stayed a little above the freeze, and there hasn’t been any freezing rain, which is a bit of a relief.

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McCaysville Boil Water Continues, Today is Coldest Day of the Year

The boil water order for people on the McCaysville water system continues. The porch temperature is about 19, but with the wind chill, it feels like the coldest day of the year. By a wide margin. It’s spitting a little … Continue reading

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