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Elevation Micro-climatology (SE Mountain Weather)

metwannabe

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Not only are mountain miles longer but also is different the weather up yonder!

Here at the SoutherWx annual leadership conference (behind closed screen sessions) we have unanimously decided to roll with a all encompassing SE Mountain weather thread. For all those that live up there or for those of us who may travel or just want to be in the know, discuss all your NW flow events, wind storms, brutal cold or lack thereof, any and all micro mountain climates in here.

First up could be a significant NW slope event unfolding next week as depicted by our favorite American model...... let'er rip tater chip!

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This is not "current events" but I've had snow on the AT in Georgia many times in late October and early November, often times deep enough to cover the leaves, when 500 feet lower it was rain or mist; Blood Mountain, Hogpen Gap and Tray Mountain are three prime locations (just south of Rosie); the folks I know up there say that if it is ever going to snow anywhere in Georgia, the 1st place will be Suches (near Woody Gap), which correlates with 20 years plus of fall/early winter AT hiking in N GA ... FWIW

Great idea for a thread, now that the cone of silence has been lifted from the "leadership conference" ... :cool:
 

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Still looking like a decent NW flow event..... anybody with better knowledge than I of Banner Elk, would a good NW event get some accums there too (looks like lesser amounts I guess). Plenty cold most of the week so if can get a couple or 3 inches should still be some around next Friday.

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Still looking like a decent NW flow event..... anybody with better knowledge than I of Banner Elk, would a good NW event get some accums there too (looks like lesser amounts I guess). Plenty cold most of the week so if can get a couple or 3 inches should still be some around next Friday.

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Absolutely! Banner Elk can crush it with NW flow. Make the short drive over to sugar mountain and it absolutely rips. I was there in 2012 for a nice little 8” event. We stayed at the Best Western at the base of Sugar and got mauled. As we drove down the mountain to eat at the Daniel Boone Inn, the snow got less and less and there were only flurries in Boone. Fun times looking back
 

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I wish everybody would put what town they were and also..
This is a bigger deal imo, of course elevation for the mountain folks would be nice too just as J.C. pointed out to see where snow levels are. Otherwise I don't see a need for it, down here a couple hundred feet elevation doesn't make a difference.
 

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Absolutely! Banner Elk can crush it with NW flow. Make the short drive over to sugar mountain and it absolutely rips. I was there in 2012 for a nice little 8” event. We stayed at the Best Western at the base of Sugar and got mauled. As we drove down the mountain to eat at the Daniel Boone Inn, the snow got less and less and there were only flurries in Boone. Fun times looking back
Thanks! Too bad we want be there for the event just hoping it's still some on the ground when we get there. Doing the Christmas Tree lighting, the 5k, the whole Small Town Christmas thing they got going on and any fluff on the ground will be a nice touch.
 
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This event will be a lot bigger than what is being depicted on the models currently. The synoptics are through the roof promising with plenty of moisture and especially LIFT.

My early thinking is 5-10 for Boone/Banner Elk and 10-14 on top of Beech /Sugar/Grandfather. This want disappoint
 
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This event will be a lot bigger than what is being depicted on the models currently. Banner elk will go over half a foot easy and on top of Beech, Sugar 10-12. The synoptics are through the roof promising with plenty of moisture and especially LIFT.
Yeah usually when you have models picking up on NW flow from deep range like this it’s going to be a powder fest
 

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I expect to see the NAM spit out some 12”+ totals soon for this esp along the TN border. Beech Mountain will be buried too.
 
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