Thursday, January 18, 2018

Another Winter Storm in North Carolina

As the Governor of North Carolina is on TV right now stating this is really unusual weather, we sit here with about 7 inches of snow. We were forecast for 1-3 inches. But the sun is out, it’s pretty, and we don’t have to work until tomorrow. Curt is going to go on top of the coach and sweep and clean the solar panels, and we keep everything warm and dry inside.

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Last weekend we were really busy at the Visitor Center. Hyde County had a waterfowl festival in Swan Quarter, and we had LOTS of people come to the Refuge. Saturday we had a little over 200 people and Sunday around 180.  (Normal weekend is maybe 75 total.) Even with the two of us working, we didn’t get a chance to eat lunch Saturday. Sunday it took us about 2 hours to eat lunch. The days definitely went fast though!

A couple of pictures from this last week.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Inside the Visitor Center, Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge

The Visitor Center is open 8:00 to 4:00 seven days a week. It is closed only on holidays. It has a lot of exhibits, brochures and information on Lake Mattamuskeet, the Refuge, and hunting and fishing.  There is also a gift shop. We’ve learned a lot about the Refuge and the area. These are a few of the exhibits.

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Sunday, January 7, 2018

A “Rare” Winter Occurrence

The weather seems to have more and more “rare” occurrences now days. There’s worse hurricanes, droughts, temperatures, etc.  The whole country seems to be having extremes these past weeks. Well, we got to experience rare snow and record low temps in North Carolina this week. We got rain, about 3 inches of snow after that and our lowest temperature was last night at 9 degrees, with a high of 26 today. We’ve made record lows the last four nights. The average temperatures for here are the upper 40’s, low 50’s. So comes the fun of trying to keep everything warm and not freezing; and when it warms up, so there isn’t a lot of moisture from frost and thawing.

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A lot of the lake is frozen over, which is also rare.

The visitor center stayed open, some of the administrative staff live on site. But most schools and a lot of businesses in the surrounding areas were closed. There isn’t a lot of snow cleaning equipment around and people aren’t used to driving on icy roads.