Starting off the new week under fairly open skies with a bit of haze on the horizon. In the coming days we are expected to make the slow climb out from mild afternoons and cool nights up to more summer-like conditions. One can already feel the humidity making its return to the region, something hikers will now get to cope with the next several months. Temps are beginning in the low 40s this morning and with help of the sun we should rise into the upper 50s. There is a chance for light afternoon showers each of the next few days, and with them a chance for some increased wind action gusting in the 20mph range. Keep an umbrella or rain shell handy in case a pop-up storm makes a sly entrance. Reminder that this is the second of two weeks where Rainbow Falls Trail is closed to the public Mon-Thur for bridge repairs. Still plenty of great trails open elsewhere for visitors to ascend Mt. LeConte.