A Dry Winter on the Grandfather
Winter is officially over at Grandfather Mountain, as evidenced by the complete lack of snow for the duration of April.
The total snowfall recorded for the winter (Oct. 1, 2013-April 30, 2014) was 32 inches at the Entrance Gate, far short of the previous year's total of 55 inches.
By April, the snow was replaced by moderate rain and temperatures that rose as high as 68.5 degrees at the Mile High Swinging Bridge.
Staff recorded 4.88 inches of rain at the Mile High Swinging Bridge.
The amount of rain measured in April was slightly lower than the 58-year average of 5.09 inches, and the Mountain remains more than six inches shy of its normal year-to-date rainfall.