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Air Quality: June-July, 2009

Issue 4 > Resource Roundup > Air Quality


A soggy summer

A rainy spring led into a rainy, and somewhat cooler-than-average summer. As of the end of July, precipitation at Mt. LeConte was 2.18 inches above average, or 4% above normal. Precipitation at the Elkmont station was 2.29 inches above average, or 6% above normal.

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Barn at the Mountain Farm Museum at Oconaluftee Visitor Center.

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