Advancing Cold Front Along the Blue Ridge Escarpment at Sunset

As I await the first cold front of the season, I thought it would be nice to look back six years this week as a front moved over Lake Lure

Living in The Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina- A Blog

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.

A twenty minute drive to the western summit of 2,400 foot Youngs Mountain at the north end of Lake Lure was rewarded with this majestic panorama (above).

Looking toward the northwest, the long escarpment ridge had two cigar shaped lenticular clouds hovering above its 3,500 foot peaks.

Turning toward the south, an ominous storm was moving northward through the gorge, dwarfing Rumbling…

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