Wednesday was a beautiful day to spend on the mountain. Turned out to be one of the warmest days we’ve experienced in quite a while as we easily jumped into the lower 70s. Starting the day off with unabated sunshine for once will help do that. Conditions aren’t as clear to begin this day as clouds persist across varying levels of the atmosphere. A pleasant day is still expected for this area with hardly a chance for rainfall. Same story for much of a Friday. Temps are already in the upper 50s and should hover in the upper 60s this afternoon.
We continue to monitor Hurricane Laura closely. As it has intensified in recent days, the forecast track has continually pushed it further north as it sweeps across the states. The latest trajectory shows it weakening to a Tropical Low passing over Kentucky. For us here in the Smokies, there is still the potential for heavy but scattered rainfall as the southern bands of the storm sweep over the region. Winds shouldn’t be too intense either. Saturday appears to be the day it affects us the most, so hikers should expect rainy skies, wet trails, and come ready with the proper gear to keep one dry and comfortable.