Category Archives: Clyde’s Columns

Two Seasonal Firsts Yesterday – Rhododendron & Katydids

We’ve seen the first rhododendron in bloom. It’s a little early, as most of them probably won’t be in bloom for another week or two. A great place to see them is usually the upper Noontootla Creek, on the way … Continue reading

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Today Actually Cool

I mentioned that it’s been really unseasonably hot here, but we had a nice rain yesterday afternoon that gave us about 3/8″ and lowered the porch temperature to 71. We started at about 66 this morning. Today, it’s breezy and … Continue reading

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Hot Weekend

It’s hot. It’s starting out about 74. Yesterday it peaked at 88 on the deck. We’re h0ping for a bit of a thunderstorm, but more because it’s been dry than because we think it will make it cooler. It’ 85 … Continue reading

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Super Moon, Really Unseasonably Hot

Last night (Monday) was the Strawberry Supermoon. Well, it was really big and orange, not really red. But really beautiful . It should continue to some extent for the rest of the week. You’ll have to get up a little … Continue reading

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Weekend Report

The weather looks good going into the weekend. Temperatures have been starting in the mid-sixties in the morning, and ranging up toward 80 in the afternoon. The bird migration is slowing down or over, or else the birds are getting … Continue reading

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TVA Testing New Siren System Today

The TVA is supposed to be testing their new siren system today between 10:00 – 2:00. There may be more than one test. Expect a 3 -5 minute siren. There has been an alert in place for dam releases, but … Continue reading

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Fannin Election Results With Runoff Dates

This information is courtesy of the Fannin County Democratic Party. I appreciate their compiling it. Please make due allowances for the sarcasm if you are of a different political persuasion. There is some good information here that isn’t easy to … Continue reading

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New York Times Article Featuring Allan Benton of Benton’s Smoky Mountain County Hams

Here’s a link to an article that features ramp hunting with Allan Benton: https://www.nytimes.com/2022/04/25/dining/allan-benton-bacon-ramps.html The NYT seems to have liberalized their pay wall policies recently, but if this link doesn’t work, you could try Googling the article yourself. His store … Continue reading

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Scarlet Tanager, Red Spotted Purples, Azaleas

Sunday was Red Spotted Purple day. I was thinking this butterfly was late, but they were here in profusion on Sunday. We also noted the mating displays of the Red Admiral in the yard. It seems to me that we’re … Continue reading

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Dogwoods Remain, Azaleas Starting

We’ve had some beautiful spring days lately. Some have started off near the freeze, but this morning, it’s 55 on the deck. Some of the dogwoods seem to be fading a bit, but there are still plenty in full bloom. … Continue reading

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