Summer skies continue to display their awesome power over the Smokies in recent days, and that trend is going to continue. The mountains are covered in varying cloud layers with views out and around dispersed among the gaps. Conditions will be calm the first half of today, but the atmosphere will ramp up the intensity during the afternoon and evening hours once again. Lightning and localized heavy rainfall are all expected for storm cells that have time to develop. Otherwise one can anticipate a mix of sun and clouds depending on where you are at and when. Temps are starting out in the mid 50s and we should enjoy the upper 60s later. Pay close attention to your surroundings if you happen to be on trail today in such stormy elements. With the mountains enduring a consistent state of saturation, some precariously standing trees can become more susceptible to uprooting from softer soils, especially if an isolated squall produces strong wind gusts. So best to take care of business early today and leave yourself plenty of time to get back down the mountain before the skies turn sour.