Advancing Cold Front Along the Blue Ridge Escarpment at Sunset
At sunset on October 7th, the first major cold front of the season was passing over the eastern escarpment of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Earlier thunderstorms had given way to smaller showers and fast moving clouds. This view is toward Lake Lure from a ridge just southeast of my house.
Turning toward the northwest, Hickory Nut Mountain was dominant over the changing woods. The white dot in the center of the photo marks the direction of my house, which is down in the valley over this ridge.
Turning toward the south, an ominous storm was moving northward through the gorge, dwarfing Rumbling Bald Mountain and covering the lake below.
Turning back toward 3,900 foot Mount Shumont to the west, the sun was just disappearing over the ridge. Another linticular cloud is visible over the mountain. If you look in the upper left you’ll see the faint contrail of a high flying passenger jet.
As the sun drops lower, the clouds take on the appearance of snow. Many of the clouds are actually composed of small ice crystals.
As the storm moves north, more of Mount Shumont is enshrouded in clouds.