Well I wish I hadn't been right about this: we got snow! It is a beautiful morning atop this socked in mountain. Starting yesterday afternoon, we accumulated about 1" of snow. It is blustery and only 24 degrees right now. Up here, we do not have ice, just snow but some of the heavily traveled areas have been compacted and are starting to get slick. Be prepared for cold temperatures and if you have any ice walkers you may want to bring them. Be sure to drink plenty of water coming up. Even when it is this cold outside you can become dehydrated quickly. Be safe and we look forward to seeing you up here!
Meredith will be posting some pictures later, but the Lodge received about an inch of snow last night. At 8:30 this morning it was 21, with gusting winds. The mountain is under a high wind advisory through most of the day. Watch for patches of ice on the upper trails as any snow that occurred is getting packed and turning to ice. Also freezing rain occurred before the snow fell. Pack warm layers for the next few days.
I half expected to awaken to snow this morning; instead, I heard the pitter-patter of rain drops. The temperature overnight only dropped down to 44. We had a beautiful day yesterday. It was sunny and warm with a slight breeze. It reached 61 yesterday. I hope it is not the end of the warm, gorgeous days. However, I don't think we will be nearly as warm tonight. The temperature is supposed to drop steadily all day. We are currently at 45. If the weather man is correct, Laurie may wake up tomorrow to her winter wonderland! It will most assuredly be cold enough!
We may not get another sunset like this one tonight, but the impending snow may be just as exciting!
The bears were everywhere. Ok, maybe just one little one. Baby Hannah looked so adorable in her little bear outfit. We thought it would be funny to get some "bear pictures". Hannah is the daughter of Caitlin and Tab Bonds. Caitlin was our chaplin for three seasons. It is fun to see the crew and chaplins from years past bring their families up the mountain. Hannah was true mountain baby. She loved going to Myrtle Point for the sunrise service.
Chris and I are packing our packs and getting ready to hike off the mountain for a week. Sounds like we are heading down just in time. There seems to be some foul weather heading our way. May be some snow in the future. I guess we will have to depend on Meredith's nose to sniff it out. I don't know that her nose is as trained as mine. We shall see. I will be back in a week. I am excited to eat some sushi and see one of my favorite artists. We are going to see Justin Towns Earl. Yes, that is Steve Earl's son. See you in a week.
"Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower. " - Albert Camus
I was finally able to break away from the kitchen for a hike out to Myrtle Point. The views were fantastic. I love the crisp autumn days when you can see for miles. Chris and I gave a geography lesson to those curious hikers that wanted to know what they were looking at. We pointed out the states you could see. Yesterday we could see Georgia, North Carolina, Virginia, and Kentucky. It was so clear and the trees below us were bursting with color.
The mountain was full of hikers enjoying the amazing fall day. Fall breaks, around the south, have brought the families back to the mountain. The lodge is filled with laughing kids playing hide and seek. It has been a great fall. The cold weather is on its way.
With the mountain ash berries in full swing, our big friend has been visiting us for the past few days. He seems to be fond of the grass and the mountain ash berries. The sun is rising and giving the promise of another stellar day on top.
The rain poured down on the mountain all day yesterday and into the night. Today has cleared up and turned into a nice day. The low last night was 38. The high today is 39. Not much change in temperatures. The llamas made it up with our clean linens and mail for the crew. It should be a great weekend.
Yesterday started with an inversion and ended with an inversion. The lower valley stayed under cloud coverage all day. We had an amazing day up top. The high was 62 and the sun was out the entire day. It was a great day to be outside.
It is currently cloudy and raining. We received almost an inch of rain again last night.
I just wanted to say Happy 10th Anniversary to my husband. We have spent nine of the years on top of the mountain. It has been an spectacular adventure so far and I am sure the next ten will be just as amazing.
After a rainy day, with almost an inch of rain, it was nice to see the clouds below us. English Mountain is trying to peek through. I hear the trees are ablaze with color around the parking lot at Alum Cave Bluff trail head.
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2020 Mt. LeConte Weather Data (Year-to-Date)