The temperatures ranged from a high yesterday of 42 degrees and a low last night of 25 degrees The current temperature this morning is 28 degrees. We had no new precipitation.
The snow is hanging on we currently have 1.25 inches of snow still on the ground. Here is the official report from The National Weather Service
TodayMostly sunny, with a high near 45. South wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.
TonightA 50 percent chance of showers, mainly after 10pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 38. Windy, with a south wind 20 to 30 mph, with gusts as high as 45 mph. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.
MondayA 50 percent chance of showers, mainly before 3pm. Cloudy, with a high near 50. Windy, with a south wind around 30 mph, with gusts as high as 50 mph. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.
Monday NightA chance of showers, mainly between 7pm and 1am, then a chance of rain after 1am. Cloudy, with a low around 46. Windy, with a southwest wind 20 to 30 mph, with gusts as high as 45 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%.
TuesdayRain. High near 47. Breezy, with a southwest wind 20 to 25 mph becoming northwest in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 40 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%.
With the warmer temperatures and the clear skies we saw a significant increase in the numbers of hikers making their way up to the lodge yesterday. The earliest arriving around 7am. Now that’s an early start.
As for me I spent part of my day exploring, well actually searching, for what I’ve been told is a “Christmas Tree” that legend has, is decorated with hand made wooden ornaments and is tucked away somewhere close but not on the trail somewhere on Boulevard between the Lodge and Myrtle Point.
Now I consider myself quite an accomplished searcher but I have to admit after three tries it doesn’t appear that I’m any closer to finding the elusive legendary tree.
In my efforts though, what I did find was what I considered a natural wonder. It’s my photo of the day. It’s a fallen tree that is sort of suspended with a cluster of spruce trees growing on top of it. Reminded me of a table top Christmas tree but this one was compliments of Mount LeConte.
You know guys Its amazing the things we find when we don’t find what we’re looking for.
Here’s to not always finding what we like but liking what we find. Hoping to see you up top soon. Take care and stay safe. Steve