|Source: NOAA Regional Climate Centers|
Meanwhile, here in the Northeast, yesterday was an "excursion" day at our conference, allowing us to get out into the Adirondack Mountains and climb Giant Mountain. The day started out optimistically with partly cloudy skies.
The hike up Giant is short, about 2 3/4 miles, but involves about 3000 vertical feet of ascent up an extremely rugged Adirondack trail.
On the summit, we were treated to a nice view of the high peaks.
However, as we summited, we heard a low rumble of thunder and after a couple of minutes on top, it was clear we had to descend and descend fast.
After getting a few hundred vertical feet off the ridge, the skies opened up, initially with rain, but eventually with a deluge of pea-sized hail.
Here's a handful.
Steep Adirondack trails are nasty enough when dry, but even tricker when wet and covered with ball bearings of ice. We also encountered quite a bit of "hail fog," a shallow fog mainly in the canopy layer due to cooling from melting ice.
Due to the retreat, our group photo was taken about half way down, after things dried out and the camera partially defogged.
Just another day of adventure with the Steenburgh group.