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    Smoky mountain smog

    Hey everybody, i've been planning a trip to the smokies for a few months now. My only chance to go is in july. 4 days, 3 nights, 70 miles. I am worried about smog, as i will be going in july. I don't want my views restricted, and i know winter would be the best but i have no choice. Can any1 who has encountered the smog comment on it during july? thanks, heading to the "smoggies".

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    Quote Originally Posted by ikemouser View Post
    Hey everybody, i've been planning a trip to the smokies for a few months now. My only chance to go is in july. 4 days, 3 nights, 70 miles. I am worried about smog, as i will be going in july. I don't want my views restricted, and i know winter would be the best but i have no choice. Can any1 who has encountered the smog comment on it during july? thanks, heading to the "smoggies".
    Actually, you're miss-informed. That isn't smog, it's the thin shroud of vapour that forms due to the high humidity, especially during the summer months.

    From Wikipedia:
    The name "Smoky" comes from the natural fog that often hangs over the range and presents as large smoke plumes from a distance. This fog, which is most common in the morning and after rainfall, is the result of warm humid air from the Gulf of Mexico cooling rapidly in the higher elevations of Southern Appalachia.

    So enjoy!

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    Im not talking about that im talking about smog:

    http://www.aldha.org/smokey02.htm

    “In the Great Smoky Mountains, our most polluted national park, ozone pollution exceeds that of Atlanta and even rivals Los Angeles,” said Harvard Ayers, chairman of Appalachian Voices.

    The study uses an air-pollution index, developed by Appalachian Voices for two earlier studies, to rank the five most-polluted national parks based on haze, ozone and acid precipitation. The index compares data collected from 1991 through 2001 at 10 national parks with the most extensive monitoring programs. It assesses progress made during the decade since passage of 1990 amendments to the Clean Air Act, the most recent changes to the law.

    http://www.post-gazette.com/healthsc...moky0908p2.asp

    http://articles.sfgate.com/2000-07-2...rce-specialist

    "I live on a ridgetop, and I tend to stay in on those really bad days," said Renfro, air resource specialist at Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Gatlinburg, Tenn. "I can tell I'm not getting a full breath of fresh air like I should. I can smell the difference, I can feel the difference."

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    Quote Originally Posted by ikemouser View Post
    Hey everybody, i've been planning a trip to the smokies for a few months now. My only chance to go is in july. 4 days, 3 nights, 70 miles. I am worried about smog, as i will be going in july. I don't want my views restricted, and i know winter would be the best but i have no choice. Can any1 who has encountered the smog comment on it during july? thanks, heading to the "smoggies".
    Pray for a weather front to come through while you're there.
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    have you been there beep?

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    http://www.volunteertv.com/health/he.../92353294.html

    In the latest study issued by the American Lung Association, Knox County's air simply isn't good or healthy. 14th in the nation for having the worst ozone pollution, and 21st for particle pollution. In both categories, we grade an F.

    "That comes from a lot of the power plants especially the TVA system that's blowing that ozone created smog into the Knoxville area. into the Great Smokey Mountains especially."

    And according to the American Lung Association, other factors are making Knox County residents breath an unhealthy sigh of non-relief.

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    Even if there is no smog you really run the risk of whiteouts in the Smokies. I hiked from Davenport to Newfound Gap last October and at least half of my trip I couldn't see more than a hundred feet.
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    I'd enjoy the air in the Smokes over most any other place ...

    ... of course you could carry a respirator

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    Quote Originally Posted by ikemouser View Post
    have you been there beep?
    Not for many years, but I grew up in the Carolinas. My first-ever backpacking trip (excluding boy scout trips) was on the AT south of Hot Springs.

    My aging memory tells me that in July it'll be muggy...no, that's MUGGY!!...and quite warm during the day, even at mountain elevations, though the nights will be comfortable. I have no valid input based on current pollution conditions, but even in the ancient pre-pollution times when I was hiking in that area, I didn't often get "big" views because of trees & bushes that block views or because of the famous "smoke"/water vapor from which the Smokies take their name.
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    Quote Originally Posted by beep View Post
    Not for many years, but I grew up in the Carolinas. My first-ever backpacking trip (excluding boy scout trips) was on the AT south of Hot Springs.

    My aging memory tells me that in July it'll be muggy...no, that's MUGGY!!...and quite warm during the day, even at mountain elevations, though the nights will be comfortable. I have no valid input based on current pollution conditions, but even in the ancient pre-pollution times when I was hiking in that area, I didn't often get "big" views because of trees & bushes that block views or because of the famous "smoke"/water vapor from which the Smokies take their name.
    Ouch...doesn't sound good.

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