I little different picture this morning. The clouds have moved in, threatening rain. Some one said something about cold weather moving in this next week. It could be a snowy day on the mountain for Halloween. As for the difference in temperature that was reported the other night, I am not sure what is going on. We use a thermometer from NOAA. It records the highs and lows for each 24 hour cycle. Speaking of, the high yesterday was 60 with a low of 44. Chris and I went for a run yesterday. We were commenting on the fact that the temperatures were outstanding for the last full week in October. It has been the perfect weather. The crew has been out and about trying to soak up the last of this amazing weather. We all know that cold and snow is lurking just around the bend.
Once again, another amazing day up top. The high yesterday was 62 with a low of 42. I am seeing dandelions pop up around camp. Poor little guys don't realize they could be covered in snow in a matter of a day. This time of year, the weather could change on a dime. It does not take much fluctuation for us to have a warm day and snow the next. I may be reporting about the warm temperatures we are having, but make sure you come prepared.
I love the fact that it is near the end of October and we are experiencing such warm weather for the season. The high yesterday was 60 with a low of 42. I am guessing it will be warmer today since the forecast is calling for the mid 80s down below. Yesterday was a great day for a run. The trails have died down a bit. I guess the fall breaks are over. The crew are anxiously awaiting the arrival of the pumpkins today. It has become a tradition for the crew to each carve a pumpkin and let the guests vote on the best one. The winner gets to sleep in late. That is a big deal around here. We are usually up and at 'em around 7:30 every morning. Looking at the forecast, it seems as though this beautiful weather is going to stick around a few days. This does not hurt my feelings. I can do with out a snow a little longer.
If you have been reading this blog for a while, you may remember when I ran down the trail to make it in time for my friend to give birth to a healthy baby boy. Fifteen months later, Hunter Hansen made his maiden voyage to the top of Mt. LeConte. It was great seeing my friends and getting hang out with "lil' man". I am sure this is the first of many trips. Who knows, maybe we have another LeConte crew member in the making. They had a great day for the hike down the mountain. The high was 60 degrees with a low of 40. It sounds as though today is going to be a repeat.
A perfect ending to a perfect day. I guess the Alabama fans went home. The mountain seemed a tad bit quieter. There were not as many folks milling around the mountain top. The colors in the lower elevations are still hanging on. I have seen some beautiful pictures from the Cades Cove end of the park. The leaves are still spectacular over there. We enjoyed a nice day yesterday. The high was 55 with a low of 36. It was actually comfortable enough to hang out on the back porch and see if I could see any more meteors. I was lucky enough to see two.
I am dreaming of a hammock on a beach with a fruity drink in a coconut. Days like yesterday make me appreciate my down time. I think every Alabama fan in the state hiked up yesterday. I think we broke a record for amount of hot cocoa consumed on the mountain. It was a great day for it. Everyone who came in told me how cold their hands were. Holding that warm mug made all the difference. The high was 51 with a low of 31. I am predicting a repeat today. The day has already started out in a spectacular fashion.
We were so excited to see a beautiful blue sky yesterday morning. As the morning progressed we began to notice a haze taking over our beloved mountain. After being up here for ten years, I can tell you that the weather patterns were not consistant to the having smog in the air. We had also been commenting on how clear it was yesterday morning. I first thought it was a wildfire. It is not uncommon for surrounding counties to have issues with forest fires during this time of year. After wondering about it for a while, it was interesting to discover the cause. Apparently our dear Smoky Mountains were being engulfed by the remnants of a dust storm blowing in from the great plains. Amazing how jet streams work. As of now, we are socked in with clouds. I will be interested to see if the air has cleared once the fog lifts. The high yesterday was 52 with a low of 30. It looks like a great day to play in the Smokies.
Super excited to watch the Orionid meteor shower this weekend. The forecast looks as though it is going to be cold but clear. Who knows, maybe the northern lights will make an appearance as well. I hope the leaves are hanging on in the lower elevations. We have had some blustery winds over the past day.
I know this is going to be a busy weekend in the Sevier county areas. I am sure there are a lot of Alabama fans making their way for the game. Being a UT alum, I just have say "Go Vols". I usually don't add my two cents about sports, but having spent the better part of my early twenties roaming the UT campus, I felt compelled to add it today. I am sure I will hear from all of my Alabama relatives for posting this.
Now, on to the weather report. The high yesterday was 53 with a low of 32. The forecast for the weekend is looking great. It will be a great time to hit the trails and look at the leaves before they make their way to the forest floor.
Oooeee..... It is a wet and blustery morning on the mountain. The rain has moved in. I thought I would share a photo I took from Rocky Spur a couple of days ago and bring some cheer to this dismal morning. Yesterday was a repeat of the day before. Bright blue skies were a gorgous backdrop for the fall colors. The high yesterday was 53 with a low of 35. I am glad it didn't get as cold as the previous nights or we would have awoken to a winter wonderland. Now, time to take the laundry off the line before it ends up in Pittman Center.
The poetry of the earth is never dead. ~John Keats
The ending to a picture perfect day. The high was 50 followed by a low of 28. The sky was clear and blue all day long. It was a great day to finally get out of camp and check out the color in the lower elevations, but you will have to check back for those photos. The lower elevations are exploding in color. I guess that explains why I have heard stories of two hour rides from Newfound Gap road to the visitor center. This is the time of year I am happy to be on the mountain and not have to depend on my car.
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2020 Mt. LeConte Weather Data (Year-to-Date)