Episodes of thick fog, like the one of last weekend, are almost always caused by air of different temperature and moisture content trying to mix. Last weekend's whiteout was caused by a thick stream of warm, humid air entering southern Georgia from the Gulf Coast of Florida.
We all watch the weather in one way or another. It takes some training, however, to be able to interpret different cloud shapes, or make an educated guess by looking at a satellite image, or understand what online radar images tell us.
New Year's resolutions are fun, and some are even followed through. Big items, like losing 30 pounds or getting a huge promotion, may be too much of a stretch. But we can do something to help North Georgia stay clean and beautiful without much effort.
A big event happening in Ukraine got relatively little media coverage. The devastated Chernobyl reactor, site of the worst nuclear disaster in Soviet Union times, has been covered with a protective shield.
Any movie collector can recall the incredible "dam jump" scene in "The Fugitive." Dr. Richard Kimble is pursued by a federal marshal. Trapped on the dam's high side, he jumps, rides a column of water down the spillway, splashes into the river and escapes.
North Georgia has faced big environmental challenges this fall. Even long-term residents of our state have trouble remembering a time when we went for an entire month without rain. The resulting water shortage and worse, the wildfires in the Blue Ridge, put severe stress on the vegetation.
The lingering drought in North Georgia isn't just impacting our water supply. It also spoils some of the romance involved in camping. Specifically, we can't sit at a campfire in the evening, enjoying its light and warmth after a day hike.