17″ of Rain in Five Days

A stalled low pressure system over the mountains produced an unprecedented amount of rain this week. Normally quiet streams became torrents, and damage here in the Rutherford Mountains was widespread. Farm fields near the creeks were submerged, and century old culverts were overwhelmed, and seriously eroded. For an area that expects 66″ of precipitation a year, 17″ is a quarter of that, and in just a few days.

2,800′ Wolf Pen Mountain above Cedar Creek farm…wolf prn mtn

One minute video in Cedar Creek Gorge…

 

Damage along Otter Creek Road…road 2

road 1

road 4

On higher ground, Mother Nature still had a job to do…pink

white

Pink Lady’s Slipper OrchidKODAK Digital Still Camera

honey

 

roses red

Pink Blackberry blossomspink berries 1

Primrose

primroses

daisies

iris

Living deep in the mountains, you just have to learn to accept the good with the bad, and move on. On the bright side, fire danger is the lowest it’s been in a long time. And the valley couldn’t be greener…rocking chair

2 thoughts on “17″ of Rain in Five Days

  1. Get Photos —– Road condition looks like WNC mountain Roads before Gov Terry Sandford 1961 – 1965 infrastructure improvements of State Roads Looks like someone had pavers and patio blocks to spare

    On Mon, May 25, 2020 at 8:21 AM Living in The Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina- A Blog wrote:

    > Carolina Vann posted: “A stalled low pressure system over the mountains > produced an unprecedented amount of rain this week. Normally quiet streams > became torrents, and damage here in the Rutherford Mountains was > widespread. Farm fields near the creeks were submerged, and centur” >

  2. Love all your pictures of flowers. I miss seeing them.  We are finally getting a little bit of rain today ..Thanks for sharingPatsy

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