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October 14, 2006
The First Frost Of The Season
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Many of us who live in the Mountain Empire rolled out of bed
yesterday morning and found our lawns covered with a heavy frost,
the first of the 2006 fall season. I have never really paid much
attention to the calendar's opinion of which day should be
considered the first day of autumn. For me, fall has always started
when jack frost pays his first visit to whichever area I happened to
be living in at the time.
WCYB TV's chief meteorologist
gave us fair warning during Thursday night's weathercast when he
said that some parts of our region would get some frost overnight,
and he was right. In fact, during an early morning drive
from my home near
Abingdon, Virginia to Blountville, Tennessee I saw a more-or-less continuous frosty landscape all along Interstate 81.
There are several defining weather events that take place throughout
the year, with my favorite being the first spring day that is so
warm and "flowery" that I simply have to let everyone I see know
that "Spring has sprung!". But there is something about the
first frost that always leaves me with mixed feelings. The
silvery-white blanket of frost contrasts splendidly with the
colorful leaves and the green grass, resulting in a magnificent
landscape the likes of which can only be created by God Himself. But
then there is the flipside...
Psychologically, that same frost helps hasten the transition from fall
by making most of the remaining greenery turn a dull brown,
reminding us that before long these beautiful, seasonably comfortable autumn days will be
no more. Winter is just around the corner.
I took today's picture at Bristol, Tennessee's
Steele Creek Park
yesterday morning. It was a little after 9:30AM so the warm morning
sun had already melted much of the season's very first frost.
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