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MOUNTAIN WEATHER UNPREDICTABLE
One statement that you can make about our mountain weather and be reasonably sure of being correct is to say that it will be unpredictable. If you go any farther than that, you will be stretching your luck.
Our recent spell of cool weather shouldnt have caught us by surprise. It followed on the heels of some days that were hot enough to convince folks that warm weather was here to stay. Many planted gardens during those warm days and now have tender plants up. The scattered frost from the past few mornings has them concerned.
This most recent cold spell is what the old folks called Blackberry Winter, a spell of cold weather that coincides with the blooming of our native blackberry briers. Prior to that we had Dogwood Winter, a cool spell occurring when the dogwood trees are blooming. The old folks also spoke of the Easter Squall a period of unsettled weather that seems to come most years right about Easter. Catbird Winter is a short bout of cool weather that seems to arrive with the return of the catbirds in the spring. Then there is Laurel Winter that comes with the blooming of our native mountain laurel. You will hear some locals call mountain laurel ivy, and call rhododendron laurel. Probably lesser known is snowball winter a spell of chilly weather when the snowball bush blooms. Snowball bushes are a member of the honeysuckle family and are also called viburnum.
As you can see, cold spells in the spring are not an uncommon occurrence in our mountains. A look farther in the weather history of our mountains reveals some interesting facts. I recall some of the men who used to work in the mountains on logging jobs talk about having to leave the woods on upper Santeetlah due to heavy snow the first week of June. I recall my wifes grandmother; Mary Jane Wiggins speak of having to wear a coat while hoeing corn due to the unseasonably cold weather. This may have been the time some folks referred to as The year with no summer.
the Addie community of
on the Jackson-Haywood county line recorded an all day
see, our various winters when it is supposed
to be spring are nothing unusual. But dont worry,
it will change soon.