Record Rain In 2013
2013 ends with the distinction of being the wettest year on record in Western North Carolina.
Since the beginning of January, Asheville has seen more than 75 inches of rain. Thats more than 10 inches above the previous record.
"We saw everything from landslides wiping away large sections of road and prying buildings from their foundations to flash flooding. Some mountain slopes still threaten highways," said Haywood County Extension Director Bill Skelton.
Haywood County Extension agents say crop planting was delayed due to wet fields. cattle producers couldn't get a good first cutting of hayeven bees didn't pollinate in the rain.
They say dry weather crops like tobacco didn't stand a chance this year.
"Tobacco...through the summer, a lot of it drowned out...even on hillside fields because the soil stayed so wet," said Skelton.
"The worst crop of tobacco I'd ever grown in my life, period," said Tobacco farmer Adrian Presnell.
Skelton says more than 72 inches of rain fell in Haywood County. He says normally a typical year would see 40 to 45 inches.
Despite all that rain, Skelton says next year's planting season will depend on what Mother Nature does this spring.
By Rex Hodge
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