[at-l] record NC snow

jhedrick jhedrick at erols.com
Thu Feb 18 19:32:44 CST 2010

I was talking to the Backcountry Rangers at Shenandoah National Park today and they showed me some pictures of heavy machinery clearing Skyline Drive.  The drifts in some places are 12 feet deep.  Unless they get a very warm spell our trail volunteers won't be able to access the AT trailheads until late March. Even at the lower elevations(1,200 feet) the trail is covered in 2-3 feet of snow.

John Hedrick
PATC Supervisor of Trails

----- Original Message ----- 
  From: EHamilton 
  To: Jim Bullard 
  Cc: AT List 
  Sent: Thursday, February 18, 2010 6:41 PM
  Subject: Re: [at-l] record NC snow

  OK, I'm searching for verification of this, but I just got an email from a friend who heard on a local radio station that at a weather station about 15 miles west of where I am, 225" has fallen so far this winter. Normal is 116". 

  According to  this map from NOAA, currently Garrett County, MD (where I am) currently has an average of 53" on the ground. 

  MacGyver, who does not have snowshoes and wishes she did

  From: Jim Bullard <jim.bullard at gmail.com>
  To: EHamilton <imagainst_the_wind at yahoo.com>
  Cc: AT List <at-l at mailman.backcountry.net>
  Sent: Thu, February 18, 2010 4:12:02 PM
  Subject: Re: [at-l] record NC snow

  Get a big fan and push some of that up to me. We haven't had more than an inch or two in weeks and most of what we had melted. Since then it's just been cold here. I like to have spring but I know that not likely soon so I'd just as soon have enough snow to go snowshoeing.

  Jim Bullard

  On Thu, Feb 18, 2010 at 3:45 PM, EHamilton <imagainst_the_wind at yahoo.com> wrote:

    I don't know what our total for the season so far is, here in the western Maryland panhandle, but we've got a good 4 feet on the ground which has been there for over two weeks and I'm thoroughly sick of it.

    MacGyver, cranky from seeing nothing but white

    From: Weathercarrot weathercarrot at hotmail.com

    Through today's date, for the season so far, the NC mountains have had record snow.  We'll have to see if this year exceeds the legendary winter of 1959-60.  Mount Mitchell officially has 55 inches on the ground (400 vertical feet below the summit - so likely deeper up top) with more to come.  The snow stake on Mount Mansfield (VT) is at 61 inches, so Mitchell may soon surpass it, which would be extremely rare for this time of year......

    Beech Mtn, NC will top 100 inches of snowfall (not depth) for the season tonight, and Snowshoe, WV will probably reach 200 inches for the season this week. Interestingly, the seasonal average for Snowshoe is almost exactly twice the seasonal Beech Mtn average....   Dulles airport is at 73.2 inches - an all-time seasonal record......


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