Updated 8/20: Counting the August Fogs

Update 8/20/2019: Another no-fog morning greeted us at the Ski Southeast offices this morning. Since last week’s update, we have recorded two-morning fogs to break into the double-digits – barely.

So far this month, we have had 10-morning fogs out of 20 days. A 50% rate isn’t anything to sneeze at especially with the recent fogless spell we have seen.

We have heard from some of you with your updated tallies (please keep those coming). Some have seen fog nearly every morning and hopefully, they continue that trend.

Update 8/15/19: We are back in the fog business.

After a relatively quiet stretch on the fog front, we had the heaviest fog of the month this morning to bring our total up to eight foggy mornings. The morning fog breaks a stretch of six straight clear mornings.

We have heard from some of our loyal readers that their count as reached double-digits (please share yours with us at [email protected]). Keep checking back for the latest count!

Update 8/12/19: The fog has cleared so to speak.

After a foggy start to the month, we have seen three straight days of no fog since Saturday. Hopefully, that trend breaks itself tomorrow so we can keep putting beans in the jar and give us some more snows to look forward to this winter.

By our count, we have had fog seven out of the twelve mornings this month. Still not a bad start in the least.

Original Story:
August has started in a fog – just the way we like it.

The month has started with five foggy mornings out of the first six days in August at the Ski Southeast offices just outside of Boone and that is a start we will certainly take.

Why all the talk about fog in August?

According to folklore, “For every fog in August, there will be a snowfall during the subsequent winter season.” Some other August folklore includes:

“If the first week in August is unusually warm, the coming winter will be snowy and long.”

“If a cold August follows a hot July, it foretells a winter hard and dry”

We will certainly keep track of the latter two as we go throughout the month, but we tend to put all our beans in a jar so to speak. The mountain tradition is to place one bean in a jar for each corresponding fog in August – and we’ve adapted that tradition in the office.

For those wondering, we had 22 fogs last August, 18 in 2017 and 21 in 2016. Not too shabby.

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Matt is a lifelong resident of the High Country - where he still resides with his wife and son in Roan Mountain, TN. After graduating from East Tennessee State University in 2010 and prior to joining the Appnet family in 2013, he worked for four years as the sports information director at a local Christian college. Matt also has worked for a variety of local newspapers as a sports writer and photographer - something that he still does in the evenings and weekends. In addition to writing and photography, Matt enjoys all types of sports, cooking and traveling.