Yes, you read the title of this blog post correctly. I not only felt the earth move, I heard the pots rattle, and felt the counter shake. I experienced my first ever earthquake on top of LeConte. I have heard stories of other crew experiencing them, but this was my first. I have seen it being talked about by friends in Lexington, Knoxville, Gatlinburg, and Asheville. It was a 4.3 and the epicenter was near Whitesburg, KY. As of now, the buildings are shaking for another reason. We are experiencing some crazy wind. I was about blown off the deck when I went out to capture the sunrise. I am sure the folks who made it out to sunrise at Myrtle were hanging on for dear life. We were just informed by the park service that there is a high wind advisory going into effect this evening. Are they sure there is not one already in effect? The good news is the snow is melting. We are down to a mere 9". The high yesterday was 56 with a low of 35. These higher temperatures and wind will help to melt the snow quicker. In the meantime, I will put on my ruby red shoes, just in case. I want to make sure I can make it home to LeConte.
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2017 Mt. LeConte Weather Data (Year-to-Date)