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Old 10-22-2007, 07:43 PM
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My wife and I passed through Black Mountain Friday and Saturday and the leaves are well on their way. It looked to me like the peak will come this weekend. They are all changed at very high elevation (4,000' and up) and are maybe 50% at the lower elevations. Here's a picture of the Black Mountains to show what I mean. Sorry for the large image size, I'm still learning my new digital camera.

The Great Drought of 2007 is hitting WNC hard. Asheville's North Fork Reservoir, as can be seen in the picture, looks to be down about 8-10' and has shrunk noticeably over the past month. We stopped by to look at the westernmost pool of Lake James, which no longer exists. The only water in it is in the original channel of the Catawba River with the rest being a lawn. I sure hope that it starts raining down there soon.
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Old 10-23-2007, 12:25 PM
Location: Asheville, NC
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That's most of Asheville's drinking water right there in the photo. While the coming rain will sour the peak leaf viewing time, we do need it badly...

Great photo, NCBND
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