September 23, 1998 transcript #: 252-3
Subject(s): Bill Bryson, spring snow
Title: TENNESSEE BLIZZARD

A Walk In The Woods Hi I'm Dave Thurlow from the Mount Washington observatory and this is the Weather Notebook. Today and tomorrow you’ll be hearing from author Bill Bryson, here on the show. We’re running 3 parts of Weather Notebook producer Ann Thurlow’s interview with Mr. Bryson, the first part we ran yesterday as I’m sure you heard. Right? You were listening!? Bill Bryson spent most of the spring and summer of 97 outside, somewhere between Maine and Georgia along the Appalachian Trail. He wrote a book about his hike called A Walk in the Woods. Today we here about some lousy hiking weather, an early spring snowstorm.

BB "I suppose the most serious was the blizzard we got caught in Tennessee. The weather became really wild the wind became really wild, visibility was down to almost nothing. We found there was a mountain we were trying to get up and over called Albert Mountain and we just couldn't do it with these packs on. The wind was so ferocious it just kind of had us pinned down. And that was the time we were in the most serious circumstances where but we weren't scared. I can honestly say at no point were we scared - it was more concerned. Like this is really serious and could get even more serious. But I felt like pretty confident because we had tents and sleeping bags and a lot of warm clothes and we could have gotten those things up and kind of hunkered down and been okay. But it was the one time I was really most concerned about the weather."

This story points out that snowstorms and blizzards as far south as Tennessee are not unlikely in the spring and they often catch hikers by surprise.

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