GATLINBURG, Tenn. — Want to know what the weather is like in the Smokies before setting out on a hike?
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park has installed new webcams at Newfound Gap and Clingmans Dome that enables visitors to plan their trips based on the most current weather conditions.
The images are taken every 15 minutes and the site also includes the most updated information on temperature, humidity, wind speeds, precipitation and air quality throughout the region.
For the past few months, the park has been testing the cameras for reliability and accessibility so that guests can be prepared for temperature changes in higher elevations.
“We’re excited to have this opportunity to collect and share timely weather and air quality conditions with park visitors, as well as those who simply want to experience Smokies views from wherever they are in the country,” said Air Quality Specialist Jim Renfro.
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“We’re hearing from many people that these views and weather conditions help them feel connected to the park even if they are very far away or have never had a chance to visit in person," Renfro, said.
The Clingmans Dome webcam is operated seasonally from the end of March through early December, while Newfound Gap operates year-round.
The park also has webcam locations at Look Rock, Purchase Knob and Twin Creeks.
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