Published Feb 21, 2014
Twelve hours ago, North Georgia was under a Tornado Watch. A storm that reached into more than 30 states brought high winds, thunderstorms, severe rain and the threat of tornadoes to early-birds who began their attempt to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail, in spite of the weather.
Right now the skies are as clear as a crooked politician's conscience.
Having lived near America's borders in Florida, New York, California and Alaska, I believe thunderstorms in Georgia are exceptionally intense. They're glorious to watch while safely cuddled up with your hunny bunny.
When you're camping in the woods, however, they're enough to make Jim Cantore walk off the job.
Our goal is to keep prospective NoBo hikers aware of the weather around Springer Mountain. So far this year, we've had exceptional snowfall, "catastrophic ice," freezing temperatures, tornado watches and perfect days, like today.
You cannot hike the length of the AT without hitting some bad weather, but it's wise to keep your eyes on the skies as you make your way.
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