July 31, 2022
We’re going to close out one of the rainiest months in Mt. LeConte history with…you guessed it…more rain. And it appears the wet weather trend will be inherited by August in its initial days. The storm bands will be rolling through in waves today, with the potential of producing heavy rainfall at times. As has been the case numerous times in past weeks, that means localized flooding threats near creeks and drainages. And that applies to trails and roadways both in and outside the Smokies. Winds will be a tad more prevalent today with gusts of 20mph possible. Temps in the 50s will feel a bit cooler in the clouds and mist too. Layer up and come ready for sour skies, but guests with reservations can count on a warm meal to soothe their souls where it’s cozy inside.
Have a great day and stay dry.
July 30, 2022
After a stunning sunrise of pinks and oranges, folks are waking up to partly sunny skies on the mountain. The bees are back at work bouncing between coneflowers, and the little fawns are grazing the grasses among the cabins. Hikers should have a decent morning to get started on the trails before conditions turn turbulent this afternoon. After lunch time the chances for rain and thunder flare up. Temps will be a bit cool in the 50s and 60s with light winds. Sunday is calling for more of the same. Ri f the rain gear and watch for rising creeks if the clouds unload all at once.
Have a great weekend.
July 29, 2022
As anticipated, the clouds held firm to the summit much of yesterday, but any rain showers that passed over were relatively light. Until around midnight when a decent sized storm brought heavy precip and a barrage of lightning. That managed to clear the air out a bit, as we’re waking up to views of the TN Valley below and a dappled sunrise. Storms are expected flare back up this afternoon, so hikers who get an early start trekking up or down should avoid much of the sour weather today. Temps will be in the 50s and 60s with light winds. Watch for slick spots on trail with all this rain and be ready for briefly heightened creek levels without foot bridges after last night’s deluge. The remainder of the weekend is looking pretty similar to today’s pattern, so keep that in mind if you have plans of wrapping up July with a visit to the mountain.
Have a great day.
July 28, 2022
It’s a gray morning on the mountain, as the winds have blown in a thick blanket of clouds. Looks like we’ll be spending most of our time today without much of a view. Chances for storms will persist throughout the day and by all accounts the entire weekend. So come ready for wet conditions and cherish those moments where maybe we catch a glimpse of the sun. Certainly been the theme for July 2022. Temps will hover between the 50s and 60s, and could feel cool depending on how those gusts cut through one’s layers. Down below where the breezes aren’t as noticeable, count on some good ole sticky southern humidity.
Have a great day.
July 26, 2022
We’re waking up to our own little cap cloud, as are many of the Smokies’ higher peaks this morning. Once the sun gains some height in the sky we should see the veil clear off, at least some anyways. Later this afternoon the precip chances and storms will rev up. So get an early start if you can and keep an eye on the sky for changing conditions as the hours tick by. Temps will be in the 60s up top with light winds. Wednesday is calling for a greater possibility of rain throughout the day so far.
The coneflower are really filling in nicely now. These next couple weeks will see the grounds of the lodge in their most vivid color for the entire year. And it only gets better as the white snakeroot fill in the gaps among the gold and green. There isn’t much purple monkshood to enjoy this year, courtesy of the local deer, and a couple Turks cap lilies managed to achieve beautiful blooms without being noticed by the four-legged munchers.
Have a great day.
July 25, 2022
As we head into the final full week of July, it appears this month is going to wrap up much like it started, with a lot of wet. The storm chances ramp up beginning later today, with the threat of isolated storms expected daily. Some could produce strong gusty winds and heavy amounts of rain once clouds flare up in the afternoon hours. So best to take care of business on trail early today and get snuggled into that cozy cabin if you have a reservation. Temps won’t be as warm in the upper 60s for a high, although such a difference might not be felt with all that sticky humidity. Plan your routes up and down the mountain accordingly as well. With so much rain this month, it doesn’t take much for creeks to rise fast these days. So a trail without footbridges that was dry and safely passable coming up may pose different unplanned hazards for the way down. This is in reference to trails like Rainbow Falls and Trillium Gap that have witnessed some large volumes of water churn through of late.
Have a great start to the week.
July 24, 2022
There might be some patchy fog creeping around at various elevations as the sun rises this Sunday, but it should dissipate without much of a fuss once the skies turn bright. Speaking of bright skies, a few storms rolled into town late last night lighting up the heavens with a steady flourish of flashes and bombastic booms. So don’t be surprised to encounter slightly soaked trails when starting up the trail this morning. The forecast is calling for mostly sunshine today coupled with more of that southern heat and humidity. Once again, there is a slight chance for showers and storms to show up unannounced later this afternoon. Temps should tap the 70s and winds will be light. For Monday, the precip chances increase a good bit, so count on needing the rain gear at some point.
Have a great end to the week.
July 23, 2022
We have a beautiful summer weekend in store for the Smokies. Looking at basking in plenty of sunshine today and tomorrow with only a few clouds. Temps will surely tap the lower 70s at our elevation. If there’s a possibility for a pop up afternoon rainshower or two, it’s going to be very minimal. Winds will be light, but offering reprieve from the heat and humidity if one happens to catch a breeze. The coneflower are starting to open up in bunches now around lodge grounds. The speckles of gold really add a nice splash of color around the buildings, and they sure make the bees happy. Recent rains have battered a number of the Rosebay Rhododendron along the trails, but many are still with gorgeous blooms higher up the mountain.
Have a great day.
July 22, 2022
Happy Halfway Day of the 2022 season! We’ve had plenty of toasty days in recent months, but this weekend could be the hottest yet here in East TN. Despite a little fog kicking things off this morning, skies are expected to clear bringing abundant sunshine today and tomorrow. We should have no problem climbing up into the 70s during the day, which might feel delightful to those folks escaping what could be triple digit temps in the lowlands. Winds will be light, but any breeze is going to be helpful in this humidity, especially if you’re working hard on the ascent. With such a stellar forecast and summer breaks winding down for some, expect the Smokies and its gateway communities to be packed. When it’s this hot, the higher peaks and cool creeks beckon.
Have a great day.
July 21, 2022
It’s a soaking wet start to this Thursday. A decent sized storm rolled into town during the night and has been dumping rain for hours over the region. There is a Flood Advisory in effect through this morning until the bulk of the storm dissipates and moves out. There is still the possibility of scattered showers later this afternoon, so the waterproof layers will be a must all day today. Winds are expected to be a bit stronger than they’ve been as well, gusting up to 30mph at times. Temps should hover in the 60s, but count on the steady presence of wind, rain, and clouds keeping it cool outside. Friday looks like it’ll make up for today’s sloppiness, bringing the return of some delightful sunshine.
Stay dry and have a great day.
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