White on blue

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It’s time for some fluffy eye candy.

This has, so far, been a strange winter. There has been far less snowfall than last winter, but it has been much colder. Black ice has been a recurring problem for residents of the Piedmont this month.

However, on January 28th we were treated to a rare view. Well, it’s rare for this area. The Blue Ridge Mountains had white caps, which generally only occur when there has been a lot of cold weather for a long period of time. Without this, sufficient snow and ice doesn’t have time to accumulate, even at the higher elevations. This winter has certainly provided a lot of cold air. My friends in the northeast are probably wishing for less cold air at this point.

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I haven’t seen whitecaps since visiting the White Mountains of New Hampshire during winter, almost twenty years ago.


Both photos were taken from my workplace, around noon on January 28, 2015.

Coordinates (of viewer): 38°44′28″N 77°97′38″W