Oh, what a beautiful day Thursday was atop the mountain. Superbly sunny skies as Mt. LeConte continues to bask in autumn glory. It was our warmest day in a while, nearly tapping 69° here at the lodge, and looking ahead it could be the highest temp we see for quite some time. As the evening dragged on, clouds began to move in high above. That trend is expected to continue today, even though the twinkling lights of civilization far below are still visible. It was a most delightful streak of unbroken sunny days.
Hurricane Delta should make US landfall today, although rain associated with the storm is already making its push toward Tennessee. Beginning late tonight and lasting clear through early Monday, our region could see a slow and steady dose of rainfall. About 1-2” is expected, but as we know, locally higher amounts are always possible in the mountains. Wind gusts of 20-30 mph are also anticipated throughout the weekend. With all of this warm air and moisture bubbling up from the south, temps should remain mild for this time of year. Stay alert on the trail and use caution at any and all wet creek crossings that appear during excessively rainy weather.