Stormy Weather: a Beautiful Sight


I cannot remember the last time I saw a consolidated mass of moisture covering the eastern US. This (despite the bummer it presents in regard to my wood-gathering ambitions) is one of the most beautiful images I’ve seen in some while. Even the parched parts of Alabama and Georgia will get a much-needed couple of inches out of this system that swirls in the loop animation like an over-land hurricane.

Note that there is a the time of this screen capture HEAVY SNOW IN NEW ORLEANS!

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Fred First holds masters degrees in Vertebrate Zoology and physical therapy, and has been a biology teacher and physical therapist by profession. He moved to southwest Virginia in 1975 and to Floyd County in 1997. He maintains a daily photo-blog, broadcasts essays on the Roanoke NPR station, and contributes regular columns for the Floyd Press and Roanoke's Star Sentinel. His two non-fiction books, Slow Road Home and his recent What We Hold in Our Hands, celebrate the riches that we possess in our families and communities, our natural bounty, social capital and Appalachian cultures old and new. He has served on the Jacksonville Center Board of Directors and is newly active in the Sustain Floyd organization. He lives in northeastern Floyd County on the headwaters of the Roanoke River.

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  1. I love it! The only worry it causes me is wondering whether I should spend the money to buy my 2-year-old some real snow boots this year.

  2. Yes, Fred, we had snow and lots of it. The most we have had in the last 19 years and the earliest snowfall ever. By noon it stopped but the ground is still covered. It was fun while it lasted.

  3. Fred, I’m commenting on your Twitter message about the coal mining in Colombia. I live over here in the coal fields of Kentucky and have spent time in those coal fields in Colombia this year. Just a couple weeks ago, two union coal miners from La Guajira and a neighboring department, Cesar, visited eastern Kentucky for about a week on their speaking tour of the US. I was honored to get to speak with them in Lexington and Alabama and Georgia. Everywhere we went, they mentioned the destruction they saw here in the US from mountaintop removal mining–something they never imagined could have existed here in America, where everything was “all right” in their imaginations.

    I’ve been lurking on your blog for more than a year now (and met you briefly at the Alliance for Appalachia reception at the SEJ conference), and just wanted to say “Thanks” for writing about MTR and other coal issues here and elsewhere. What a blessing to have those Appalachians outside the coal fields working in solidarity with those of us in them.

    And, I can say, the Colombians feel the same way. They appreciate all those here who work to better their conditions there. As they told me, “Our struggle is your struggle, and your struggle is our struggle.”

    And, by the way, Dominion is a major buyer of Colombian coal from the Guajira.