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Old 03-12-2009, 11:24 AM
 
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Hi Everybody,
I am considering a move to Asheville. Asheville seems to fit most all of my criteria (weather, outdoor recreation, ambience, cost of living, etc.), but I am a bit concerned about the rain. I read some long-term climate statistics and the average annual rainfall was 48 inches. By comparison, Eugene, Oregon gets 51 inches and many people complain about all the rain in Eugene. Any comments from the folks that live in the Asheville area about the rain? Thanks, I appreciate it.
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Tom
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Old 03-12-2009, 11:42 AM
 
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Asheville is the driest weather station in the state even before the drought. However, the wettest weather station in the state is nearby at Lake Toxaway.

Historical Climate Summaries for North Carolina | Welcome - Southeast Regional Climate Center

Weather Extremes | State Climate Office of North Carolina

http://cdo.ncdc.noaa.gov/climatenorm...Clim_NC_01.pdf

Current Drought - North Carolina Drought Management Advisory Council
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Old 03-14-2009, 02:00 PM
 
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Hi Everybody,
I am considering a move to Asheville. Asheville seems to fit most all of my criteria (weather, outdoor recreation, ambience, cost of living, etc.), but I am a bit concerned about the rain. I read some long-term climate statistics and the average annual rainfall was 48 inches. By comparison, Eugene, Oregon gets 51 inches and many people complain about all the rain in Eugene. Any comments from the folks that live in the Asheville area about the rain? Thanks, I appreciate it.
Regards,
Tom
We haven't had 48 inches of rain in the last two years or longer. Yea, we are in the 4th year of a drought, but rain has never been an issue, we are in desperate need, ground water tables are still loosing ground.

Here we are at mid march, and I've had less than 4" in my rain gauge for the year.
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Old 03-16-2009, 03:14 PM
 
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Thanks mm34b and Asheville Native for your reponses. I was mistaken. The stats I was looking at included rain and snow. Rainfall seems reasonable - I should be able to enjoy regular outdoor activities.
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Old 03-16-2009, 05:32 PM
 
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Asheville is a great place for outdoor activities! Much of the rain comes in the summer in the form of afternoon or evening thundershowers or in the fall with occasional tropical systems.
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