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Knothead
09-03-2010, 02:00 PM
I read Byron's fishing report just about every day. I enjoy (and envy) hearing about the somewhat cooler weather in the mountains. I have a question: The Weather Channel gives a getaway report and the Park is included. Temps given there are somewhat cooler than what Byron is giving. Are they taking temps for one of the mountains, like Clingman's Dome?:confused:

Jim Casada
09-03-2010, 02:09 PM
John--I think there are weather data collection points at maybe a half dozen places in the Smokies--Mt. LeConte, Sugarlands, Oconaluftee, the research station over in Hawywood County (can't recall the name), and some others. I know my brother accesses them regularly in connection with his long-distance hikes in the Park. He also used data from these stations, if I am not mistaken, in doing some of the graph work on average temperatures and rainfall, month-by-month, which appears in my book.
Beyond that, the fact that Townsend is at a lower elevation than virtually anywhere in the Park (I'm pretty sure lower Abrams Creek would be about the only major exception on the Tenn. side) has to be a factor.
I'll be interested to see if someone provides a detailed answer, but I think your surmise is likely right.
Jim Casada
www.jimcasadaoutdoors.com (http://www.jimcasadaoutdoors.com)

Rog 1
09-03-2010, 02:28 PM
I have also noticed this as well...I have about three weather web sites that I access for long range forecasts when I am getting ready to come up to the park for camping/fishing..the weather channel's forecasts are always the coolest by about 5 degrees on each side....usually just take an average of all of them and hope for the best...also think most of the predictions on more than a couple of days are educated guesses....the weather systems that are causing the weather always seem to loose steam the farther south they get.

sammcdonald
09-03-2010, 04:00 PM
purchase knob over by catalooch....and on top of cove mountain and also blanket mountain

sammcdonald
09-03-2010, 04:03 PM
abrams is 800 feet at the campground

pineman19
09-03-2010, 04:08 PM
I read Byron's fishing report just about every day. I enjoy (and envy) hearing about the somewhat cooler weather in the mountains. I have a question: The Weather Channel gives a getaway report and the Park is included. Temps given there are somewhat cooler than what Byron is giving. Are they taking temps for one of the mountains, like Clingman's Dome?:confused:

Posted below are links online weather stations in the Park and a NOAA Smokies weather site. I use them quite frequently as I live north of Knoxville.

http://raws.wrh.noaa.gov/cgi-bin/roman/meso_base.cgi?stn=CSFT1&unit=0&time=LOCAL

http://mesowest.utah.edu/cgi-bin/droman/meso_base.cgi?stn=CCVT1

http://mesowest.utah.edu/cgi-bin/droman/meso_base.cgi?stn=COWN7

http://mesowest.utah.edu/cgi-bin/droman/meso_base.cgi?stn=CBYT1

http://mesowest.utah.edu/cgi-bin/droman/meso_base.cgi?stn=IGGT1

http://mesowest.utah.edu/cgi-bin/droman/meso_base.cgi?stn=NFGN7

http://raws.wrh.noaa.gov/cgi-bin/roman/meso_base.cgi?stn=TOSN7&time=GMT

http://www.srh.noaa.gov/productview.php?pil=RTPMRX

Jim Casada
09-03-2010, 04:18 PM
Sam--Purchase Knob--that's it, the one in Haywood County which would not come to mind. Thanks.
Jim Casada
www.jimcasadaoutdoors.com (http://www.jimcasadaoutdoors.com)

flyman
09-05-2010, 10:59 AM
Those are some good ones Pineman, the only one I had been using was for a 24 hour periods. I like to know rainfall and temperature.

http://www.weather.gov/view/validProds.php?prod=RTP&node=KMRX

pineman19
09-05-2010, 12:30 PM
Flyman,

I have one on the forest where I work, I use it to keep track of rainfall when I am not around (nights & weekends). Very useful for land mgt. and really important stuff like flyfishing time mgt:biggrin:

Neal