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.
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2017 Mt. LeConte Weather Data (Year-to-Date)