Should be a great day to hike before the rain moves in this weekend. At 8:00 this morning it was already up to 50, warmer than in the valley. Rain and very windy conditions are forecast over the weekend. Alan, the llamawrangler said the wildflowers are great around 3000-4000 feet.
Yesterday turned out to be a beautiful day despite the snow the night before. The high yesterday was 37, low 24. It should be sunny and warmer today. Most of the snow is gone, with just patches in the sheltered areas. Wildflowers are blooming along Rainbow and Bullhead trails, sorry no pictures will have to wait on Allyson to come back from New Orleans.
Henry reported from the mountain that the low was 23 and at 8:30 it was only up to 24, with clouds coming and going. It should warm up into the 40's-50's on the mountain today, 60's in the valley. They have about 4 inches of snow. Guests reported seeing snow just above the Bluffs on Alum Cave trail. He said that the trails were not slick yet as the snow is not hard packed. As of 8:30 am, US 441, Newfound Gap Road was closed, but they hoped to get it open soon. Call 865-436-1200, then hit 631 when someone begins to speak to check to see if it has reopened.
Chris and Allyson are on their way down the mountain. We just heard from the lodge and they are getting snow flurries! Can you believe it??!
It is time for a little vacation. Chris and I will be hiking down for some time off. We are heading to New Orleans for Jazz Festival. I would call it rest and relaxation but I don't think that is going to happen. I am looking forward to hearing some of the nations best musicians. I am also looking forward to some warmer weather. The low last night was 31 with the high yesterday only reaching 38 degrees. 70 degrees and sunshine sounds might nice about now. The mountain is currently socked in and it is still raining. It should make for a nice commute off the mountain. I will be back on Monday. The staff in the office will keep you up to date on the conditions up top.
Have a great week and happy hiking.
It was a great day for hiking in the mountains. The rain held off and we had more sunshine. The high was 55 with the low around 37. We are presently experiencing heavy fog and wind. There is a 50% chance of rain for today.
The storm hit us around 1 p.m. yesterday afternoon. The high winds recorded were 38 miles an hour. We received 1.75" of rain and the high was 54 with a low of 43. The forecast is calling for high winds today as well. I will keep you posted. I took some pictures from the flat area along Alum Cave trail, leading into camp. I was interested to see the downed trees from this winter and how much it is going to effect the forest floor. I also was wondering how much more damage high winds could bring to this section. I will keep you posted.
The clouds moved and the sun came out. A bonus day on the mountain, time to go hiking. Chris, Meredith, and I got out and enjoyed this extra day of warmth and sunshine. The temperature reached 64 degrees.
This morning is a different story. The rain has already moved in. Today looks like the high winds and rain they were predicting. It will be a good day for baking.
We are battening down the hatches. Rain and high winds are moving in. The weather forecast for the next few days are not looking promising. It will be time to get some indoor chores done. The low last night was 33 with a high yesterday of 53. It was cool up top yesterday, but that did not stop us from getting out and enjoying the mountain. Now, time to take the laundry down before the wind blows it across the mountain.
It is another gorgeous day on LeConte. It is still a bit on the cold side. Yesterday never reached over 40 degrees and the low last night was 30. It will be a good day to do some hiking before the clouds and rain move back in. The weather forecast is calling for rain all weekend.