HI: 75 LOW: 53
Behind the severe thunderstorms over the weekend, the cooler air mass over the northern Plains moves through the Great Lakes and into the Northeast.
Thunderstorms continued to be triggered by a front moving through the Ohio Valley for the end of the weekend. But cool air began trickling into the northern Plains.
After highs in the mid-80s on Saturday, temperatures only rose into the upper 60s and lower 70s across the upper Midwest.
The cool air continues to advance south and east through the Great Lakes and into the Northeast.
By Monday, drastic temperature drops will be in store for Chicago, Detroit, Indianapolis, and Pittsburgh. High temperatures in the low to mid 80s will drop to the to the lower 70s, about ten degrees below average for the end of July.
Dew points will also drop into the 50s, making it less humid and feel more comfortable.
Dew point is a variable used to measure the amount of moisture in the air which is a factor in calculating humidity.
A tropical wave west of the Cape Verde Islands looks like it could be the next named tropical storm in the Atlantic Basin.
The wave came off the coast of Africa this weekend and survived the cooler waters and dry air, and has been rapidly organizing ever since.
The bright colors in the below video show the abundant tropical moisture and clouds building within the system.
The above animation shows the tropical wave's development in the Atlantic over the last several hours. This and the thumbnail images courtesy of the NOAA.
The storm is leaving cooler waters, reaching towards an area with water temperatures in the lower 80s, which are ideal. The area to the storms west also appears to have light wind shear, making it even less likely that the storm will be ripped apart by winds higher up in the atmosphere.
"If this process continues this feature could become an organized tropical system within the next 36-48 hours," warned AccuWeather.com Tropical Expert Dan Kottlowski.
However, there is one major factor that could inhibit the strengthening process. Both sides of the tropical wave are surrounded by dry, Saharan dust that could pull away at the storm's moisture.
This means the system's full development could be slowed slightly as it steers towards the northern Leeward Islands.
"Models are strongly suggesting that we will have a fully developed tropical cyclone by the latter part of this week," Kottlowski said.
If this system does continue to develop, it would be the second named storm in the Atlantic this season. The next name on the list is Bertha.
The relatively quiet Atlantic tropical season so far in 2014 is not that uncommon. Although the season officially begins on June 1, the most active period does not really get going until mid-August.
At this time is when the waters across the Atlantic are the warmest, and typically, the dry air and strong wind shear tapers off.
WNC'S BREWERY AND DISTILLERY BUSINESS CONTINUES TO GROW
The Country Malt Group announced today that it will be moving its Southeastern US base of operations from Hickory, North Carolina to Fletcher, North Carolina. “Our brewery customers in North Carolina and the surrounding states have experienced tremendous growth over the last three years since we set up our Hickory distribution warehouse” stated Patrick La Zelle, Country Malt Group Eastern Territory Manager “and we are pleased to be able to grow with them.”
“We are very appreciative of the high level of service and commitment that our distribution partner Consolidation Services has provided us in Hickory” La Zelle stated. “Our decision to move to Fletcher was solely based on our desire to manage our own warehouse and to add milling capabilities for our customers that don’t have the means to mill their own malt.”
The Country Malt Group’s Steve Magee will be relocating along with his family in the coming weeks in preparation for the warehouse move to Fletcher. Steve is currently based out of our Champlain, New York warehouse where he has served as the on-site warehouse lead for the last two years.
Country Malt Group – Fletcher will be located at 145 Cane Creek Industrial Road with an anticipated opening date for business of September 1. The Country Malt Group is a North American based distribution company committed to bringing brewery and distillery customers a wide product range, a high level of customer service and competitive pricing.
SIERRA NEVADA BREWERY IN MILLS RIVER--UNDER CONSTRUCTION
REPORTS ARE THE $110 MILLION-PLUS NEW SIERRA NEVADA BREWERY IN MILLS RIVER WILL BE COMPLETED IN TIME FOR THE AUGUST 3RD BEER FEST, WITH MANY OF THE FACILITIES AT THE NEW BREWERY OPENING AT OR SHORTLY AFTER THAT DATE.
The Asheville Citizen-Times reports...
With a big crowd of 5,000 expected at Sierra Nevada’s Beer Camp brew festival on Aug. 3, the brewery has set up a free shuttle system for the event.
There will be no parking at the Sierra Nevada Mills River brewery, adjacent to the Asheville Regional Airport. Instead, buses will run from two locations to the festival and back, Sierra Nevada spokesman Ryan Arnold said.
In Asheville, the shuttle will depart and return to North Pack Square downtown. Another shuttle will be closer to the festival at the WNC Agricultural Center on Fanning Bridge Road in Fletcher.
While the shuttle is included in festival tickets, be sure to bring cash for food. There will not be an ATM at the festival, Arnold said.
The beer festival is one of seven that Sierra Nevada is staging nationwide this summer and the only event in the Southeast. It’s likely to be the biggest beer festival ever held in WNC, with at least 120 breweries taking part, including some that have never previously been at local events. Tickets are $65 general admission, $30 for non-drinking designated drivers. Order tickets online at http://sierranevada.ticketleap.com/bcaa-southeast
HENDERSON COUNTY EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES (NOW HOUSED ADJACENT TO PARDEE HOSPITAL), EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT, AND THE COUNTY RESCUE SQUAD (WHICH IS NOW IN ITS ORIGINAL AND CRAMPED HEADQUARTERS ON WILLIAMS STREET) COULD ALL BE COMBINED INTO A SINGLE NEW HEADQUARTERS...THE ESTIMATED COST WOULD BE IN THE MILLIONS OF DOLLARS AND COUNTY COMMISSIONERS WILL CONSIDER THE PROPOSAL IN DETAIL IN THEIR NEXTT MEETING, AUGUST 4TH AT 5:30PM.
Finding more room for the county’s cramped EMS, emergency management and rescue squad personnel by consolidating them into a shared headquarters would cost about $8.4 million, according to a Times-News report following the last county commissioner's meeting.
County Manager Steve Wyatt outlined the results of a consultant’s “space needs assessment” that commissioners had asked for last year after hearing that the county’s emergency services facilities needed more room for personnel, storage, training and vehicles.
“There is the potential to use several thousand square feet jointly, as opposed to doing separate facilities,” Wyatt said, which could save the county money by utilizing economies of scale, sharing space between agencies with similar missions and “preventing unnecessary duplication.”
Constructing three buildings to meet the individual needs of EMS, rescue squad and emergency management workers would require 42,353 square feet, according to the report by Solutions for Local Government. By sharing space, the three agencies could cut that need by 4,353 net square feet.
By combining all three agencies under one roof, the county could address existing space needs with one 38,000-square foot building, Wyatt said. The consultants estimate such a facility would require about 4.19 acres of land, the costs of which were not factored into the estimated $8.4 million price tag.
“We’re not making any assumption that the board will move forward with this,” Wyatt said. “But there are opportunities for sharing space and consolidation.”
The county manager told WHKP News that any actual size and estimated cost for the proposed new facility is strictly preliminary at this point.
As for where the new facility might be built, Wyatt will only say it will be at some location in the county yet to be determined.
The Emergency Medical Service has been in its current location, part of the Pardee Hospital nurses quarters from many years ago next to the hospital's main entrance on Justice Street, for decades. And the county Rescue Squad has been in its current facility on Williams Street dating back close to the time of the squad's founding in 1957.
The discussion of the proposed new facility will be a "detailed discussion", according to the county manager, at the commissioner's Monday August 4th meeting in the Historic Courthouse.
By WHKP News Director Larry Freeman
Updated 12:30am 7/24/14
On Saturday, September 6, the annual community-wide stream clean-up project coordinated by the Environmental and Conservation Organization (ECO) is scheduled in Henderson County. Volunteers, civic organizations, Scout troops, church groups, schools, neighborhood associations, government agencies, and businesses are asked to sign up to participate. A Big Sweep coordinator is being sought, and team captains will receive instruction and materials at an upcoming meeting. Visit the ECO website at www.eco-wnc.org, or phone Seirisse Baker, ECO Water Quality Administrator, at 828-692-0385 to be placed on a team or to register a team and receive an assigned location.
ECO has hosted Henderson County‘s annual stream clean-up event since 1991 to engage citizens in environmental stewardship. This popular event brings numerous groups and individuals together to clean debris from local streams.
For the second year ECO is partnering with AmeriCorps Project Conserve, Asheville GreenWorks, RiverLink, and Western North Carolina Alliance to create a multi-county project called Blue Ridge Big Sweep. Big Sweep is a statewide program that is part of an international effort to get citizens and communities out to clear litter from streams and waterways around the globe.
ECO’s longstanding partnerships with the NC Department of Transportation, Henderson County, the City of Hendersonville, and NC Big Sweep help make this annual event a success. Since 2010, ECO Big Sweep volunteers have logged over 1,200 hours to collect almost 12,000 pounds of trash and recyclables from Henderson County streams. In addition to Big Sweep, ECO’s Water Quality Committee coordinates an Adopt-A-Stream program to keep waterways clean all year.
Henderson County Library Author Appreciation
Come out and appreciate featured authors Mark de Castrique, Ann B. Ross and Robert Inman.
The Henderson County Library Author Appreciation Dinner will be held on Saturday, August 9th, 2014 at The Cedars in Hendersonville. The evening will include a pre-dinner reception beginning at 6:00 p.m. with a formal dinner being served at 6:30 p.m., a presentation by each author and a book signing.
Ticket sales begin on Tuesday, July 1st, the cost of the dinner is $35 and tickets may be purchased at any branch library location or Fountainhead Bookstore. Limited seating is available so get your tickets early. For more information call the Main Library at 697-4725.
Hendersonville, NC, June, 21 2014:
During the months of July and August, the City of Hendersonville will be performing maintenance on several different streets within the City.
The extent of the maintenance will vary depending on the situation. Some streets may simply be given a new layer of asphalt overlaying the existing surface, while other streets may have a layer of tar and gravel applied before they are overlayed with new asphalt. Still other streets will have the existing surface milled down a few inches and then receive a new layer of asphalt. Construction will begin by mid-July and is scheduled to be completed within 60 days weather permitted. The paving contractor will be determined at the July 3rd bid opening.
Streets to be resurfaced: 5th Ave from Oak to Fleming Buncombe from 5th Ave to 4th Ave Washington from 5th Ave to 1st Ave 1st Ave from Washington to Grove 2nd Ave from Washington to King Grove from 1st Ave to 4th Ave Caswell from Church to Main 7th Ave from Grove to Maple Lincoln Circle beginning at Ray Ave
In the event there are funds left over in the 2014 resurfacing budget, additional streets will be considered for resurfacing as well.
For questions about this project, please call Tom Wooten at (828) 697-3084.
Hendersonville city officials are planning a day-long city BUDGET REVIEW for the new fiscal year, 2014-15, which begins July 1.
The BUDGET REVIEW will be in City Hall all day this Friday...below is the schedulke and agenda for the meeting:
CITY OF HENDERSONVILLE CITY COUNCIL – SPECIAL MEETING
FOR FISCAL YEAR 2014-15
MAY 16, 2014 – 8:30 A.M.
SECOND FLOOR CONFERENCE ROOM IN CITY HALL
8:00 a.m. Breakfast served
8:30 a.m. Call to Order; General Overview of Budget
9:00 a.m. Review of Requests for Special Appropriations – Round 1
9:45 a.m. General Fund Review
11:30 a.m. Environmental Services Fund Review
Noon – 1:00 p.m. Recess for Lunch
1:00 p.m. Downtown/Seventh Avenue Tax Districts Review
1:30 p.m. Water and Sewer Fund Review
2:30 p.m. Review of Requests for Special Appropriations – Round 2 (if
3:00 p.m. General Budget Discussion and Other Business
The NC Apple Festival can use Volunteers in the beverage & merchandise booths Friday through Monday in 3 hour shifts starting at 9:00 A.M.
This is GREAT fun & a good way to see the Festival with out dealing with the crowds so much, you can see a lot from the booths, out of the sun! Every one who volunteers gets a t-shirt with the current years logo and free drink coupons!
Pick someone to sign up with you, a spouse, friend, child or grandchild, IT IS A LOT OF FUN!!
The following are times that are available: 9:00-12:00, 12:00-3:00, 3:00-6:00 & 6:00-9:00 Friday through Sunday. Monday 9:00-12:00, 12:00-3:00(this shift always has a great view of the parade!! that starts at 2:30)