We’re expecting another dose of sunny skies today, although this haze of late seems to be sitting tight. Until we get ourselves a steady rain and some winds to clear the air, odds are high that the views across the Smokies will continue to be limited with sunshine veiled. Temps up top are going to be mild again today with highs only in the upper 50s. Beginning tomorrow we start to see slight chances for brief afternoon showers, but we’ll consider ourselves lucky if we catch a drip at this point. It also appears that conditions will be on the cool side for the holiday weekend. That will certainly make it suitable for hiking in the woods in the coming days, less so for those folks eager to get their boats out on the water for the first time. Flowers continue to bloom higher up the mountain, and what few plants put out leaves around the lodge, namely mountain ash and fire cherry, have started to do so.