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Old 11-22-2016, 02:43 PM
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Sick & tired of the fires & smoke...

Haven't seen anybody else mention all the wildfires.

Closest one to me is probably somewhere about 3 miles off, but the winds are bringing the smoke up the mountain & into town.

Can't see it even half as bad as it really is in the attached picture, but it is getting dense & everybody's eyes are stinging & red. I feel bad for those much closer to the actual fires!
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Old 11-22-2016, 05:49 PM
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We have the problem also at Cold Mnt
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Old 11-22-2016, 07:27 PM
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Drove N to MI starting Cape Coral, FL, on Sunday, November 13th. Got into wildfire smoke on I-75 south of Dalton, GA. Heavy and acrid.

Overnighted in Cleveland, TN, then day of Monday, Nov. 14th, drove E into Cherokee National Forest/Ocoee (TN) River and Ocoee TVA dams 1, 2, and 3, then N onto Cherohala Skyway east towards North Carolina. Heavy wildfire smoke was pervasive, and every TVA impoundment and backwater I observed was so very low - low pool. North of Robbinsville, NC, encountered hillsides burning and smoldering. Onto the Dragon US-129 northbound, and into Knoxville around 415pm. Northbound on I-75 from Knoxville the forest fire smoke did not subside until the KY state line.

Pretty dam dry down there! Not good.
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Old 11-22-2016, 08:48 PM
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Gentlemen, we are going to have to adapt to this unprecedented weather and weather patterns. Sad to say but no denying the trend.
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Old 11-23-2016, 10:17 AM
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Supposed three days of rain next week in western NC
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Old 11-23-2016, 10:26 AM
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Gentlemen, we are going to have to adapt to this unprecedented weather and weather patterns. Sad to say but no denying the trend.
The problem is? Here in the Southeast, there is no real consensus as to WHAT the effects of climate change will be - other than a predicted rise in average temperature. Some predictions for my area point to wetter conditions, some to drier.
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Old 11-23-2016, 11:53 AM
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Hi David. I don't know and I don't think anybody really knows precisely what the effects will be, but it appears dry spells will be longer and more severe, and wet periods the same. Here in Raleigh we are well over 10 inches of rain above normal this year, last year was the same. A handful of years ago we had back to back years of a very nasty drought. My guess is we are going to see more extreme weather, and as you say a perpetual temperature rise.
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Old 11-24-2016, 04:07 PM
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[quote=Steelton Keith;145058841]Hi David. I don't know and I don't think anybody really knows precisely what the effects will be, but it appears dry spells will be longer and more severe, and wet periods the same. Here in Raleigh we are well over 10 inches of rain above normal this year, last year was the same. A handful of years ago we had back to back years of a very nasty drought. My guess is we are going to see more extreme weather, and as you say a perpetual

Nah no problems here but we sure could use the rain.
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Old 11-25-2016, 05:59 AM
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I learned a health tip when I lived in Florida and was a couple miles from some of the fires in 2010-11. It greatly eased my breathing discomfort.

Cinnamon is a vasodilator. Safe to take, but may exascerbate the visual appearance of an existing rosacea condition. Afik, that is the only risk of consuming cinnamon in the quantities here. To help facilitate free breathing without the wheezing and seeming pressure on my chest, I mixed equal amounts of honey and ground cinnamon.....1-2 T. each, with it's effect lasting several hours. Eating this, and leaving some under the tongue for a minute or two turned out to be invigorating for my lungs as it increased
blood flow. Give it a shot, if you are bothered by the smoke, and see if it helps with the breathing discomfort.

While the breathing was eased, I did break out in what I think was poison sumac, oak, or iy (or possibly mango tree?) around my neck, where shirt/collar rubbed as I was out working in the haze one day. It's my thought it was due to the urushiol from the burning plants being carried on the breeze. I wasn't in direct contact with any plants.

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Old 11-27-2016, 10:37 AM
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Took all my cars to Ashevile because of the fire danger - missed them so bad brought them all back
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Old 11-27-2016, 04:09 PM
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I'm on Lake Wylie...lowest the water has been in 11 years.

Stunning sunsets at night, but would trade them back in a heartbeat for those fires to have not happened...
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Supposedly, we'll have about 0.5" rain this Tuesday/Wednesday. Hardly enough to make an impact, but every little bit will help.
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Old 11-29-2016, 08:37 AM
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Supposedly, we'll have about 0.5" rain this Tuesday/Wednesday. Hardly enough to make an impact, but every little bit will help.
We've already gotten nearly that where I am. It has certainly done a great job of clearing out the air.

Sure hope we can share some of this rain with the Gatlinburg / Pigeon Forge area!
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Old 11-29-2016, 09:53 AM
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We've already gotten nearly that where I am. It has certainly done a great job of clearing out the air.

Sure hope we can share some of this rain with the Gatlinburg / Pigeon Forge area!
David, where are u in WNC?
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Old 12-01-2016, 10:49 AM
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David, where are u in WNC?
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I'm in podunk little Spruce Pine in Mitchell County.
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I'm in podunk little Spruce Pine in Mitchell County.
I'm there every Monday operating and doing clinic. Very pretty up there.
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Old 12-02-2016, 08:31 AM
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I'm there every Monday operating and doing clinic. Very pretty up there.
Awesome Uro! Over at BRRH? If so? Hope they're treating you OK - they seem to have an insane turnover rate. Quite a few docs have come to stay & then left running after not too long.
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Old 12-02-2016, 01:49 PM
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Awesome Uro! Over at BRRH? If so? Hope they're treating you OK - they seem to have an insane turnover rate. Quite a few docs have come to stay & then left running after not too long.
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