We have another sunny but hazy day ahead of us. Our region is still on the outskirts of the wildfire junk blowing down from Canada, putting our air quality concerns at moderate. So be mindful if you are someone with respiratory limitations seeking to exert themselves in an outdoor activity today. Temps will continue to be cool up top, only tapping the upper 50s today along with light winds. Tomorrow will be slightly warmer, and hopefully the winds shift enough to blow this haze and smoke elsewhere. Because it’s set to be another sunny Saturday in the Smokies, expect the park to be bustling with crowds.
The Catawba Rhododendron continue to bloom at higher elevations with each passing week. Aside from what’s more protected in the shade, most blooms at Inspiration Point have wilted. But from just below the bluffs on up to what we locals refer to as Monotony Ridge they are going strong. The Mountain Laurel and fragrant Dwarf Rhododendron are beginning to work their way in down low as well. Plenty of color to offset the greenery as we march toward summer.
Have a great day.