Oh, what a beautiful mountain morning. Things are toasty to kickoff this Sunday, with our breakfast temps already in the mid 50s. The summit should have no problem getting into the upper 60s today. Winds passing over the region will be much lighter than of late. This glorious pattern of sunny skies is going to continue the next few days.
Folks are likely noticing how much hazier the views are becoming, quite common as we roll into the warmer months. There is a code orange air quality alert in effect for today, which means heightened ozone concentrations in the lower elevations. This can also be common when we fo several days experiencing hot temps and no rain. Although the general public likely won’t notice a difference, it’s wise for anyone with respiratory issues to make note of before attempting a climb of Mount LeConte. For any first timers, the journey does require prolonged physical exertion in the outdoors, gaining anywhere from 2,500-4,000 feet of elevation depending on the approach trail chosen.