Trail Talk Thursdays: Weather Resources
Each Thursday I feature a person, organization, or resource that benefits or impacts our hiking community. In honor of Thanksgiving, I wanted to share some amazing weather and trail resources I am thankful to have!
Being a hiker in the 21st century definitely has its perks. Before any hike I always visit the following sites to make sure I will be hiking in safe conditions. The availability of these resources are invaluable for those wanting to get outdoors, especially in the winter.
For anyone looking for the worst case scenario, look no further than Mount Washington’s Weather Center! The observatory is atop New Hampshire’s highest peak and has the ability to accurately record the weather unlike a generic weather site. A crew provides the current summit conditions as well as a weather forecast. You can also view the conditions on their webcam page!
Mountain forecast is a site I discovered in the past year. It is extremely helpful as you can see the forecast for the trailhead and summit elevations. Most major summits around the world are listed. I check this site before every hike and it is usually very accurate. There have been a couple times where the weather was a little better than posted on the site.
Temperature, wind speed, windchill, precipitation, and cloud coverage are just some of the features available!
Are you wondering if you’ll have to pack out a trail yourself this winter or if the trails are icy? New England Trail Conditions (NETC) will help you out. Fellow hikers write a quick report of the condition of the trails. The topics covered are surface conditions, recommended equipment, water crossing notes, trail maintenance notes, and dog-related notes. There is also a lost and found section as well as a place for comments. The quickest way to access NETC and other trip reports is through TrailsNH.com
Don’t be surprised when you drive to the Whites and the road leading to the trail head is closed! This is the Forest Service list of forest road closures. In winter a hike to the summit of Carrigain adds a four mile roundtrip hike. Fourteen miles versus ten is a pretty big deal! Check this site before you go!