Another Snow Day at Balsam Mountain

This makes the fourth snowfall since Christmas and more than three weeks of some snow on the ground. It started around 6:00 PM last night and snowed steadily until early this morning. We got about 4 inches on this side of the mountain. Lexi just loves this snow and...

Happy New Year! (with a bit of hoar)

Happy 2018 everyone from Dogstar Observatory. It was a chilly 5 degrees F this morning. Balsam was blanketed last night with hoar frost which, while beautiful, resulted in cancellation of the highly anticipated New Years Eve party. In case you are interested, hoar...

Lightning!

A lucky shot from over 30 taken with a hand-held DSLR back on June 22nd when there was a large storm between Balsam and Waynesville. We observed about an hour of active cloud-to-cloud lightning. Sometimes referred to as ‘heat lightning’ it has nothing to...