Steve Yocom Photography 10.29.17

Southwest NC

We're more than a bit biased but we believe that SW NC has so much going on that it deserves an entire page covering our extreme weather and unique geography. Because the weather and land combined do not make a community, we also highlight our local culture, artists, and organizations that work to promote and protect our natural surroundings. 

Areas of Interest 
  • Southern Highlands Plateau
  • Major and Sub Mountain Ranges
  • Weather Extremes & Records 
  • Seasonal Weather Phenomenon
  • Local Environmental Orgs
  • Featured Artists and Work 

Last updated 5/4/2021

This page is under construction and will be updated periodically over the summer months. We have slightly shifted our focus from the original design and need more time to fundraise project costs, specifically in the areas of map development and data visualization. If you would like to contribute in any fashion (donation, expertise, etc.), please email us at

Local and Regional Photographers

Formed in July 2007 to fill in the weather data, forecasting, and storm coverage gaps

that exist across SW NC. We installed our first station in Downtown Sylva in 2007.

Our goals are simple. Expand data collection, drum up enthusiasm about the

unique weather found here in SW NC, and fine tune hyper local forecast for each community.

We always encourage our readers to follow and engage with other weather sources,

in particular the National Weather Service out of GSP during life threatening events. 

If you'd like us to focus on a particular location, add a specific feature to the site

or perhaps collaborate on a project, reach out to us at 

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Keith Kuntsmann WCU Fall 2017