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Snow Forecasting in McDowell County, NC, USA

My father, Don Smith, was a weather forecaster in the Air Force. As part of a project during this time he researched snowfall inMcDowell County, where he was from. With only two exceptions over the entire period that records had been kept, he discovered that McDowell County gets significant snow accumulation only under a very specific set of circumstances.

  • The Jet Stream must track down into the Gulf of Mexico and then angle up between Asheville and Charlotte. (The closer it passes to Asheville the more we get. Any further west and the mountains block most of the snow. The further east it passes the less we get. Due to the angle, the storm clips the southern Appalachian Mountains and snowfall for McDowell County tapers off to nothing by about Charlotte.)
  • There must be a low pressure area (clouds with precipitation) that forms or strengthens in the gulf and then rides the jet stream to our location.
  • As the low pressure system passes over us the air temperature must be at or below freezing at ground level and all the way up to the cloud layer. (If it’s freezing above but warm at the surface we get rain. If it’s warm at the surface but the ground is frozen we get freezing rain. If it’s warm above but freezing at the surface we get hail as the precipitation starts out as snow, melts to rain, and then refreezes.)

As noted above there were only two exceptions to the above pattern when my father looked at the records. One of those exceptions was a massive storm that came west over the mountains from Tennessee. The storm was so massive and moved so fast that it didn’t expend all its precipitation climbing over the Applachian Mountains so McDowell County got snow. The other exception was a Nor’Easter that came from the east. If my memory is correct the Blizzard of ’93 was also a Nor’Easter and counts as a third exception.

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Advancing your Web Site: Tackling the Joys and Jitters of Javascript

Career-Technical Education Summer Conference 2008
Business & Information Technology Education
Pre-Conference Sessions
Monday, July 21, 2008; 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
The Joseph S. Koury Convention Center, Grandover East
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The Sheraton Greensboro Hotel at Four Seasons, Greensboro, NC, USA

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Ready to take the next step in web site development? A full 14% of the North Carolina e-Commerce curriculum is devoted to including JavaScript, Cascading Stylesheets, Multimedia, and Java Applets in web sites. Furthermore, students love adding pop and sizzle to their web sites, so why be afraid to add them? This workshop will gently lead teachers into an understanding of JavaScript, what it is, how to work with it, and how to include it both effectively and safely in a web site.

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So You Want To Develop An Advanced Web Site, Huh?

Career-Technical Education Summer Conference 2007
Business & Information Technology Education
Pre-Conference Sessions
Tuesday, July 24, 2007; 8:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
The Joseph S. Koury Convention Center
The Sheraton
Greensboro Hotel at Four Seasons, Greensboro, NC, USA

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BlueRidgeLiving.net

BlueRidgeLiving.net Home PageBlueRidgeLiving.net was launched in January 2005 and taken down in August 2006. The web site was designed and developed by me, Daniel Smith, as part of a business I ran named DanielSmithDesigns.com.

REBO-WNC.com

REBO-WNC.com Home PageREBO-WNC.com was launched in February 2005 and taken down in May 2008. The web site was designed and developed by me, Daniel Smith, as part of a business I ran named DanielSmithDesigns.com.

OneFlyOutfitters.com

OneFlyOutfitters.com Home PageOneFlyOutfitters.com was launched in January 2007. The web site was designed and developed by me, Daniel Smith, as part of a business I ran named DanielSmithDesigns.com.