Storms Along the Blue Ridge

With higher midday temperatures come the thunderstorms, and today was no exception. Driving home from a trip to Rutherfordton, an approaching tempest prompted me to stop along the way and capture the awesome beauty and power of these giant systems.

Hickorynut Mountain Storm

This view from Freemantown Road shows 3,100 foot Hickorynut Mountain on the horizon, with Bear Gap, Brushy Top, and Oak Mountains below her.

Wolf Pen Mountain Storm

Fifteen minutes later, a stop on a ridge along Arrowood Road captured the approaching storm as it overtook 2,700 Stone Mountain, and took aim at 2,800 foot Wolf Pen Mountain. The temperature dropped from 87 to 69 in less than twenty minutes. Welcome to the Blue Ridge Mountains in Summer.

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