Autumn weather roulette in the NC mountains
Posted on 1 Oct ’12 by Earl Moore
We escaped to the cloudy, foggy, misty, rainy, sunny, warm, and cool North Carolina mountains this weekend with friends.
On Saturday it was one of those days where if you didn’t like the current weather you need only wait a while or drive down the Blue Ridge Parkway a few miles for it to change, often drastically. The day began early with a mountain vigil for a sunrise which never broke through the clouds…still some nice blue mountain peaks and low cloud photos were to be had, which I may post a sample of sometime later.
Between the fog, where you could barely see beyond the front of you car, and the poring rain, which made any speed seem too fast, there were some beautiful broken clouded skies and bright sunshine.
The autumn colors were nice but patchy. In some spots they seemed to be just a few days from peak while at others still wore their coats of solid green of summer. Each turn in the road made for a surprise what might lie beyond.
Perhaps it was the altitude, certain facing locations or ridge lines but I couldn’t put together any particular pattern for why one area was dressed in yellow, orange and red and a few miles down the road it was still a deep solid green. The rain did make what foliage colors there were seem darker and more vibrant.
Even with the weather factor…and perhaps in part because of it, if you prescribe to the “glass half full” view of life, a nice time was had. Saturday evening was filled with great food and good conversation — what’s a little weather.