Sorry for the delay in the post. We have been in a thick blanket of clouds all day. The rain has come and gone and the sun is finally trying to find its way to the mountain. The colors are beautiful in the lower elevations. We can see glimpses of reds and yellows from our back deck. The high yesterday was 53º with a low of 47º. It was socked in most of yesterday as well. It has been a wet October so far. This weather pattern is different from most of our Octobers on the mountain. If this continues we could be in for some snow as the temperatures start to drop again. I, personally, will be happy if I don't see any more snow until I get off this mountain. I don't think my wish is going to be granted. I guess it would benefit Ruthie to learn the snow routine while we are up here. She will have to watch the water system like a hawk to keep it from freezing. Chris tears down the water pump every night when we get freezing temperatures and then puts it together the next day. She will have to watch the large water tanks to keep them from freezing. The flushing toilets will get turned off and the kitchen sink has to run all night. This is on top of helping guests make it up the mountain. We usually have to go out at least one time a day to help guests make to the lodge when there is snow on the ground. Some times there are more than one trip out in the snow. When the day is done, all the guests are here and warm in their bed, we get to go to bed and wake up to do it all over again. The good think about the snow, it makes for some spectacular photographs. So, right now I will enjoy the beautiful colors on the trees and hope rain is the worst of it the weather until November 26th.
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2017 Mt. LeConte Weather Data (Year-to-Date)