Guess we’re enjoying the calm before the storms to begin this weekend. Multiple layers of clouds at all ranges of the atmosphere have the early morning views rolling in and out. Just after lunch time today, the thunderstorms are expected to flare up and serve as a constant presence through what could be Monday judging by the percentages. Depending on where and how big they decide to form, the mountains could receive a couple inches of rainfall over these next few days. Winds will also pickup and could gust as high as 20mph at times. With the potential for flash flooding, pick your trails wisely, as some trails like Rainbow Falls can produce dangerous unbridged stream crossings at times of high water. We’re waking up to temps in the mid 50s today and should reach the mid 60s later. The rest of the weekend it appears we’ll be lucky to escape highs in the 50s once the rains move in.
Hikers should be wary, as even in mid July the unprepared can succumb to hypothermia. Waterproof jackets, hats, and pants, plus boots with gaiters can all work wonders in keeping your clothes and skin dry and warm in stormy elements. Thus a safer and more enjoyable experience on the trail. Tank tops, crop tops, leggings, sandals, blue jeans…not so much. And don’t forget to keep your body fueled up with water and a balanced attack of salts and sugars. Walking five miles in the flat of Florida isn’t the same as five miles up a 2,600’ ascent to Mount LeConte, and your body appreciates all the help it can get.
Have a great start to the weekend.