Yesterday began quite pleasantly and then turned sloppy as the hours rolled on. Clouds and intermittent rain showers dominated the afternoon and evening. August has seen it rain on Mt. LeConte on all but three days so far this month. Today will start with a mix of clouds but is supposed to improve steadily through the day. Should make for some great hiking to cap off the weekend. Temps are starting out in the upper 50s and will reach the upper 60s later on. Monday is showing abundant sunshine for the Smokies. A day with mostly clear skies will be a welcome change from this month’s norm. The purple gentian are in peak bloom along the upper reaches of Alum Cave, with the grass of Parnassus a couple more days behind. Around the lodge, the white snakeroot is filling in the gaps among the golden coneflower making for a lush and beautiful landscape. Great time to be on the mountain heading into the last few weeks of summer.