September brought us some much needed sunshine after a mostly wet and cloudy summer, but this first weekend of October didn’t quite catch the baton pass as remnants of Tropical Storm Ian fizzle out. Thankfully, its eastern track has kept the cyclone’s worst away from these mountains. After only tallying about a third of an inch of rain during the night, it’s the clouds and a light mist that have taken hold of the park’s higher peaks today. Winds should only gust as high as 25mph today while conditions gradually improve with each passing hour. Temps in these elements are going to feel chilly, hovering between 30s and 40s. Although Sunday calls for some lingering clouds and light rain opportunities, the forecast is much improved for safer and more enjoyable rambles in the woods.
Odds are that any leaves already changing atop the highest elevations will have been yanked from their trees with this wet and windy weather, but those which remain green should be holding firm. With cooler temps and clearer skies upcoming, we’re still on pace for a great autumn display over the coming weeks.