What a beautiful beginning to this last Saturday in July. Waking up to fairly clear and pleasant skies high above East Tennessee. Temps aren’t nearly as oppressive and even the humidity seems to have been dialed back a bit. Conditions should be partly cloudy much of the day with the possibility of rain showers increasing by mid afternoon. Sunday looks very much copy and paste. Mountain top temps should once again hang out in the 60s.
Recent visitors to the lodge may have noticed an increase in moth activity. It goes by the name of White-Striped Black, and has been known to gravitate to the top of the mountain during the hottest of summers. With the last couple weeks bringing the highest consistent temps across Tennessee in quite a few summers, it makes sense that we’re witnessing such a surge in the moth’s population. The last memorable rush of this particular moth came in 2012. This only solidifies the hot summer theory, as that was when the lodge surpassed 80° temps, and on three consecutive days. Fortunately, that doesn’t happen often.