February 20th, 2019
It’s currently 36 degrees on Mount Le Conte. The mountain has been experiencing extreme winds for the last 10 hours. As of right now, the road (Hwy 441) is closed to all traffic, including park employ
We received .96” inches of precipitation which has turned into .5” inches of ice/ snow combo on the ground.
24 hour temperature range | High: 39 Low: 27
Wind howled like I have never heard. A constant assault of high velocity air hammered Mt. LeConte from dusk till dawn. As I transformed my thoughts into words, the wind continued to shake the Great Smoky Mountains for all they were worth.
Warm and cozy in my loft, I stared in admiration from the convenient perch. Dry, happy, and humble - I picked up a new book and settled in. It wouldn’t be a day to venture out; but rather, a day to nestle into the words of another.
“That’s the thing about books.
2/20/2019 02:25:09 pm
Like those rare all day rain days we get occasionally in Florida, it's a good day to just stay in bed! Enjoy your book.
2/20/2019 08:59:20 pm
And what was that book my friend of the mountains
2/21/2019 12:35:14 am
Yeah, we got the same crazy winds all night, south of you down here in Hiawassee. We've never seen such constant gale force winds nor heard such a howling. And it continued until almost noon. Luckily we only had some limbs down around our house, but a number of trees came down by our creek.
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