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Old 07-20-2016, 09:13 PM
 
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I had a cool refreshing walk today - On the Appalachian trail at Newfound gap!

Mount Mitchell will be closer (and even cooler) for most of you. Time to take an elevation vacation - btw the rhododendrons are amazing.
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Old 07-20-2016, 09:45 PM
 
Location: Carolina Mountains
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We just got back from visiting family in Raleigh. I thought I was going to melt. Even at midnight when I was moving my DDs car seat to a different car I became drenched in sweat. Coming back here was fantastic. We took the dogs for a walk at the arboretum tonight and it was low 80s with a nice breeze.
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Old 07-21-2016, 08:58 AM
 
Location: Bakersville, NC
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Mowed the yard yesterday evening, which is about 0.75 acres and half of that is a hill with a push mower. The temperature wasn't bad at all when I started at 6 or so was actually rather enjoyable. (sun went down behind the hill so I was in the shade)

I did grow up in Texas, so for me it hasn't really even approached getting hot yet. We made it up to the upper 80s a few times where I live in Mitchell County.
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Old 07-21-2016, 10:39 AM
 
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I just remembered: you all have Mt Pisgah practically in your back yard. By the time you got there after work the temps should be quite pleasant. Plus you can take a dip at graveyard fields and be sure to cool off.
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Old 07-21-2016, 04:57 PM
 
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Ok...now y'all are just rubbing my nose in it! Lol...I don't even go out to the porch to look at the temp anymore! So...we get some pretty spectacular thunderstorms here on a regular basis lots of lightning and big booming thunder. Only once have we had something struck in our yard. Blew the bark off the tree....shorted out a few things in the house....sounded like we'd been hit by a bomb but the fire ants living beneath the tree were not disturbed! Fire ants and palmetto bugs are tough! How are the storms in the 2000 to 3000 foot range?
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Old 07-21-2016, 07:18 PM
 
Location: NC
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We're a bit higher than that at 4400 feet, but we have had some big thunderstorms over the last 3 weeks. Trees down and power out. Not really a big deal to lose power when the storms do blow through, our temps drop from the upper 70s to lower 80s down to the lower 60s, so it certainly doesn't get hot. We'll get a generator before the winter, I think, but this time of year it's not terrible to be without power for a few hours.
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Old 07-21-2016, 07:24 PM
 
Location: Mtns of Waynesville,NC & Nokomis, FL
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Storms up here at almost 5,000 ft are frequent, powerful, severe and scary to me ...having been hit by lightning as a kid, it is difficult to 'get over' my reaction to lightning storms.

On a more temp related note, it will be interesting to see if this next few days gets us past/above the highest temp we have ever seen 'up here', of 79+ in the shade.

A/C is cranked, in all 3 zones, as it is muggy and warmish today, this eve, even at ~ 5,000 ft elevation.
GL, mD


Couple of storm pics from our deck, looking over Waynesville below us:

A storm rolling through the Waynesville valley, heading our way a couple days ago:




A lightning shot, admittedly just so-so, as I am usually hiding out during lightning storms:
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Old 07-22-2016, 07:44 AM
 
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Gorgeous photos mD! That lightening shot is spectacular.You were hit as a child? How frightening! Explains a lot though ;-) We were watching the radar last night and it looked like you were getting hammered. Our power just came back on, out for the last hour. Doesn't help with salvaging the food, though - the refrig in our rental bit the dust last night. Cannot wait to be in our own house again and be in control, not relying on a management company to get this fixed/replaced.
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Old 07-22-2016, 08:54 AM
 
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Fantastic photos! I certainly understand why storms alarm you....struck by lightning....WOW. It took years for me to sleep through a storm after riding out hurricane Hugo....if I had been hit by lightning I'd be cowering in a corner at the first clap of thunder!
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Old 07-22-2016, 09:49 AM
 
Location: Blue Ridge Mountains
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Wow MD you got a good one last nite. I love watching storms but I too am TERRIFIED of lightening. I turn off all the lights and watch. VERY hot here in Avery County this morning. I go to the barn and hang out with the horsies....the ac felt AMAZING when I came back in
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