GATLINBURG, TN – Aug. 29, 2019 – Great Smoky Mountains National Park recently installed webcams at Newfound Gap and Clingmans Dome, providing visitors with near real-time access to weather conditions and views from the highest elevations in the park. The park also has webcams at Look Rock, Purchase Knob, and Twin Creeks.
The public can access images taken every 15 minutes, along with hourly information on temperature, humidity, wind speeds, precipitation, and air quality.
The new webcams at Clingmans Dome and Newfound Gap were installed in 2018 and staff have been testing the reliability and accessibility over the last several months. The data is easily available online, providing visitors an opportunity to better prepare themselves for a park visit at high elevations where temperatures can be 10 to 20 degrees cooler than experienced at low elevations. Visitors can also check visibility and precipitation conditions to better determine viewing and traveling conditions.
Digital images, weather, and air quality information from monitoring locations in the park are part of the National Park Service air quality web camera network, the National Ecological Observatory Network and the PhenoCam Network, providing valuable long-term monitoring data.
The Clingmans Dome webcam is operated seasonally from late March through early December, weather depending, while the other cameras are operated throughout the year.
Funds to support the installation and annual operations for the webcams at Clingmans Dome and Newfound Gap are provided by Friends of the Smokies, the National Park Service Air Resources Division. Other park partners helping to provide weather data and communication are Great Smoky Mountains Association, Tennessee Valley Authority, National Weather Service, North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality, Environmental Protection Agency, and Air Resource Specialists, Inc.
For more information, visit www.nps.gov/grsm/learn/photosmultimedia/webcams.htm.
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