It’s another brisk May morning starting things off in the mid 20s. Skies are supposed to be mostly sunny again today, with high temps crossing into the 40s. Conditions will continue to feel quite cool up top because the strong winds aren’t going away just yet. Gusts of 50mph are possible today and tonight. Thursday looks just as sunny, but warmer and calmer. Continue to watch for slick spots on trail, particularly in the upper elevations, when out and about early on these unseasonably chilly mornings.
The green blanket covering the lowlands is getting thick and dark from our vantage point atop East Tennessee. At mid elevations, there is a thin transition zone where the reds, oranges, and yellows of leaf buds are bursting with color, very much like a reverse autumn. Trees this high up will remain bare a few more weeks yet, but there’s plenty of action at ground level taking place. Several species of trillium continue to appear higher up the slopes, and late spring bloomers like yellow bead lily are beginning to form.