We all know that weather can turn on a dime and can cause some serious issues when you are on the trails. That low river of creek that you crossed a few hours ago may be quickly filling with water making it all but impassible. Weather such as extreme heat or extreme cold can also play a part in dehydration and hot or cold weather injuries.
Make sure that you continually check the weather prior to leaving for the trail. If storms are expected to move in, ensure you are prepared and you do not plan on using any trails that may be affected by the rain water or run-off from hills and mountains. If the weather is going to be hot, make ensure that enough water is carried to reduce the risk of dehydration.
If you are out on the trail and notice a change in the clouds, this may be a sign of impending bad weather. Check out the information on different clouds on this page to learn more about clouds and what they may mean for future weather in your area.
Below are some good sources of weather information:
Weather.com – The Weather Channel and weather.com provide a national and local weather forecast for cities, as well as weather radar, report and hurricane coverage.
Weather.gov – The National Weather Service. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
AccuWeather.com – Weather forecast, local to international. World class weather radar plus your up to the minute weather report and current conditions.
CNN Weather – Get current conditions & 5-day forecasts plus radar, satellite, and temperature maps.