How hot is it on Mt. LeConte in the Smoky Mountains?
Replies: 3 - Last Post: Jul 3, 2012 5:19 PM Last Post By: bowneline
Jul 3, 2012 7:15 AM
How hot is it on Mt. LeConte in the Smoky Mountains?If your'e planning on hiking up to Mt. Leconte in the Smoky Mountains, you won't find it as cool as normal. This past week's heat wave broke the all-time record on Mt. LeConte when the tems got up to 81.5 degrees.
Jul 3, 2012 3:36 PM
1It's strange that it stays so cool there, even despite its elevation. I wonder what is supressing the temperature?
It can't simply be the elevation, as at only 6500 feet, it is lower and cooler than many locations in the West (example: Santa Fe: at 7200+ feet averages 85 degrees in July, Mammoth Lakes, CA at about 8500 feet averages nearly 80 degrees, and Durango, CO, which is also at 6500 feet is in the low 90s for much of the summer).
Maybe its the humidity?
Jul 3, 2012 3:46 PM
2There are lot of micro climates in the Appalachians, and the Smokeys are no different, many of the valleys around there also cooler and abnormal. You know where in the USA has some of the most extreme weather, Hawaii. It has snow capped volcanoes and sizzling beaches with 1 hours drive or each other, with rainforest and arid plains in between...
Jul 3, 2012 5:19 PM
3I think the greatest temperature extremes must be in the Eastern Sierra region in California.
In July, Death Valley can top out in the 120's, and then just north in a places like Bodie, it is consistently down in the 30's at night, and up at the very high elevations it can be in the 20's (Mt. Whitney).
In other words, you can have a 100 degree temperature swing in the same 50 mile radius on the same day.
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