Weather for the week of November 20th

The week of November 20th began with an overnight snowfall of 6 to 9 inches in Sullivan County. By Sunday morning the snow was still making driving hazardous. The road crews worked to clear the snow and the sun came out briefly to make driving conditions better from midday to early evening. As the sun set and the winds picked up the temperatures dropped below freezing making the roads even more dangerous. There were several accidents precipitated by drivers unprepared for the road conditions and oblivious to the forecast. The snow is expected to continue overnight and into Monday tapering to snow showers. The wind is expected to continue all day on Monday with temperatures staying below freezing for the entire day. Tuesday will see highs hovering around the freezing mark with additional snow showers. By Wednesday the sun should be peeking through the clouds and the temperatures will rise into the high 30’s. Rain will move in for Thanksgiving Day on Thursday with highs barely reaching the high 30’s. By Friday the precipitation should pass but the skies will be cloudy with highs in the low 40’s. There may be some sun mixed with clouds on Saturday with highs again in the low 40’s. Be sure you are dressed appropriately in clothing which will wick away moisture to keep you from developing a chill in cooler temperatures. It is time to break out the winter clothing including gloves and a hat. Clothes that have pit zips are great and layering with non-cotton materials are a must for the varying temperatures. Keeping hydrated in cooler weather can sometimes be tricky as you do not feel as thirsty but hydrating properly will allow you to hike longer and in greater comfort. Be sure to carry water with you as local water sources can be unreliable and may be contaminated. Once you are thirsty, you are already dehydrated! Remember, the weather forecast is only a prediction and always contains percentages. Be prepared and have a plan for the most likely and least likely forecast! Are you prepared to stay out overnight on a trail? Conditions in the morning can change drastically by afternoon. Conditions at the trailhead do not always reflect the conditions on the peaks! Variable trail and weather conditions are a hallmark of these mountains. BE CAREFUL AND BE PREPARED!

Weather for the week of November 13th

The forecast for the week of November 13th began with a cool but sunny Sunday with gorgeous skies. The sun made it feel like the 60’s even though the air temperature was in the mid to high 50’s throughout the day. Monday will partly sunny with highs in the high 50’s. On Tuesday the highs will be in the low 50’s with clouds in the sky and a chance of rain throughout the day. Wednesday the highs will drop into the low 50’s with mostly cloudy skies. By Thursday the sun will appear with highs still in the low 50’s and a chance of showers. On Friday the skies will be sunny with high temperatures into the low 60’s! On Saturday the highs will reach into the mid 50’s with sun in the morning and a chance of showers in the afternoon. Be sure you are dressed appropriately in clothing which will wick away moisture to keep you from developing a chill in cooler temperatures. It is time to start wearing or carrying a light jacket and maybe even light gloves and a hat for the earlier morning hikes. A light rain jacket may also be a good idea. Keeping hydrated can sometimes be tricky but hydrating properly will allow you to hike longer and in greater comfort. Be sure to carry water with you as local water sources can be unreliable and may be contaminated. Once you are thirsty, you are already dehydrated! Remember, the weather forecast is only a prediction and always contains percentages. Be prepared and have a plan for the most likely and least likely forecast! Are you prepared to stay out overnight on a trail? Conditions in the morning can change drastically by afternoon. Conditions at the trailhead do not always reflect the conditions on the peaks! Variable trail and weather conditions are a hallmark of these mountains. BE CAREFUL AND BE PREPARED!

Weather for the week of November 5th

The forecast for the week of November 6th began with a cool but sunny Sunday with gorgeous skies. The sun made it feel like the 50’s even though the air temperature was in the mid to high 40’s throughout the day. Monday will have plenty of sun with highs in the mid 50’s. On Tuesday the highs will creep into the low 60’s with a few clouds in the sky. Wednesday the highs will drop into the low 50’s with mostly cloudy skies and a breeze. The trend will continue into Thursday at the temperatures will only reach into the high 40’s and the skies will be very overcast. Friday will be breezy with sun and clouds. The highs will be in the low 50’s On Saturday look for highs dropping to 40 degrees with the possibility of some rain and snow showers! Be sure you are dressed appropriately in clothing which will wick away moisture to keep you from developing a chill in cooler temperatures. It is time to start wearing or carrying a light jacket and maybe even light gloves and a hat for the earlier morning hikes. A light rain jacket may also be a good idea. Keeping hydrated can sometimes be tricky but hydrating properly will allow you to hike longer and in greater comfort. Be sure to carry water with you as local water sources can be unreliable and may be contaminated. Once you are thirsty, you are already dehydrated! Remember, the weather forecast is only a prediction and always contains percentages. Be prepared and have a plan for the most likely and least likely forecast! Are you prepared to stay out overnight on a trail? Conditions in the morning can change drastically by afternoon. Conditions at the trailhead do not always reflect the conditions on the peaks! Variable trail and weather conditions are a hallmark of these mountains. BE CAREFUL AND BE PREPARED!

Weather for the week of October 30th

The forecast for the week of October 30th began with a coolcloudy and wet Sunday with periods of downpours and showers in the afternoon. On Monday the high temperature will reach only into the high 40’s with some sun and clouds. On Tuesday this pattern will repeat but the high will reach into the low 50’s with very little wind. Moving in into Wednesday the highs will reach the high 60’s with sun and clouds. It will be cloudy on Thursday with a chance of showers but the highs will be in the low 60’s. The skies will clear on Friday but the highs will drop into the high 40’s. With mostly sunny skies. Saturday will be sunny but there may be some passing showers and the highs will be in the low 40’s. Be sure you are dressed appropriately in clothing which will wick away moisture to keep you from developing a chill in cooler temperatures. It is time to start wearing or carrying a light jacket and maybe even light gloves and a hat for the earlier morning hikes. A light rain jacket may also be a good idea. Keeping hydrated can sometimes be tricky but hydrating properly will allow you to hike longer and in greater comfort. Be sure to carry water with you as local water sources can be unreliable and may be contaminated. Once you are thirsty, you are already dehydrated! Remember, the weather forecast is only a prediction and always contains percentages. Be prepared and have a plan for the most likely and least likely forecast! Are you prepared to stay out overnight on a trail? Conditions in the morning can change drastically by afternoon. Conditions at the trailhead do not always reflect the conditions on the peaks! Variable trail and weather conditions are a hallmark of these mountains. BE CAREFUL AND BE PREPARED!

Weather for the week of October 23rd

The forecast for the week of October 23rd began with a cool but sunnyY Sunday with blustery winds and highs reaching into the mid 50’s. There is a chance of showers which should end by the morning. On Monday the high temperature will reach only into the high 40’s with some sun and clouds. Double digit wind speeds will make it feel more like the mid 30’s! On Tuesday this pattern will repeat vu the high will reach only into the low 40’s and the wind will still be keeping the “feels like” temperature in the low 30’s. Moving in into Wednesday the highs will only be in the low 40’s with sun and clouds and wind chills in the high 20’s and low 30’s. It will be cloudy on Thursday with highs in the low 40’s and the possibility of afternoon showers. The temperatures begin to rise on Friday with highs in the high 40’s but with the chance of showers. By Saturday the temperatures will rise into the low 50’s with some sun and clouds. Be sure you are dressed appropriately in clothing which will wick away moisture to keep you from developing a chill in cooler temperatures. It is time to start wearing or carrying a light jacket and maybe even light gloves and a hat for the earlier morning hikes. A light rain jacket may also be a good idea. Keeping hydrated can sometimes be tricky but hydrating properly will allow you to hike longer and in greater comfort. Be sure to carry water with you as local water sources can be unreliable and may be contaminated. Once you are thirsty, you are already dehydrated! Remember, the weather forecast is only a prediction and always contains percentages. Be prepared and have a plan for the most likely and least likely forecast! Are you prepared to stay out overnight on a trail? Conditions in the morning can change drastically by afternoon. Conditions at the trailhead do not always reflect the conditions on the peaks! Variable trail and weather conditions are a hallmark of these mountains. BE CAREFUL AND BE PREPARED!

Weather for the week of October 16th

The forecast for the week of October 16th began with an SUNNY Sunday with A FEW CLOUDS AND highs reaching into the high 60’s. Overnight temperatures should not get below 50 degrees but there is a chance of showers which should end by the morning. On Monday the temperature will begin to climb into the low 70’s but there will be more clouds than sun. The temperatures will continue to climb on Tuesday reaching intin the high 70’s with plenty of sun. The warm weather continues on Wednesday with partly sunny skies and highs topping out in the mid 70’s. By Thursday the highs will drop back into the mid 60’s under Cody skies and there may be some afternoon showers. Rain rolls in for Friday but it should be brief showers in most places. The highs on Friday will be in the low 60’s. Some rain may stick around on Saturday with some sun and highs dropping back into the high 50’s. Be sure you are dressed appropriately in clothing which will wick away moisture to keep you from developing a chill in cooler temperatures. It is time to start wearing or carrying a light jacket and maybe even light gloves and a hat for the earlier morning hikes.  A light rain jacket may also be a good idea. Keeping hydrated can sometimes be tricky but hydrating properly will allow you to hike longer and in greater comfort. Be sure to carry water with you as local water sources can be unreliable and may be contaminated. Once you are thirsty, you are already dehydrated! Remember, the weather forecast is only a prediction and always contains percentages. Be prepared and have a plan for the most likely and least likely forecast! Are you prepared to stay out overnight on a trail? Conditions in the morning can change drastically by afternoon. Conditions at the trailhead do not always reflect the conditions on the peaks! Variable trail and weather conditions are a hallmark of these mountains. BE CAREFUL AND BE PREPARED!

Bear Spring: Eastern Trails Road Loop

bearspringoct2016_01camera32gps_pictalltrailscaltopomapmyhike On Friday, October 14th I had decided to hike somewhere to see if I could find some more fall leaf colors. I had not been to Bear Spring WMA in some time and decided that was the place to go. Cindy had a morning appointment but said she would like to go if I could wait until a little after noon. I agreed and when she returned home we set out from Livingston Manor at about 12:30 PM. The temperature was in the low 50’s as I drove north on Route 17 to Roscoe where I took Route 206 through Downsville toward Walton and almost to the top of Bear Spring Mountain. I parked in the large “bus turnaround” just south of East Trout Brook Road. Cindy and I both decided to keep on our light jackets as a breeze was blowing and the temperature was still in the mid 50’s. I set all my electronics and we started out at 1:00 PM. Sheila had on her blaze orange bandana and Cindy was wearing a red/orange jacket so I felt we were pretty safe from bow hunters if we should encounter any. Continue reading

Giant Ledge

giantledgeoct2016_01camera32gps_pictalltrailscaltopomapmyhikeOn Wednesday, October 12th I had decided to do some work around the house and rest after a 12 mile hike on the Finger Lakes Trail the day before. I go to bed VERY late and then was awakened by an ambulance call at 5:30 AM. When we returned from that call another one came in. The ambulance calls and the cool and very overcast morning which reinforced, in my mind, my decision to stay home. As the morning developed the skies cleared and the sun came out. The temperature started to rise and I began to think about going somewhere to see if I could get some “fall colors” pictures. I decided to head for Giant Ledge since it is a short hike and I assumed that there would not be many people there since it was Wednesday. I got my gear together and pout Sheila in the back seat as we headed out the DeBruce Road around 10:30 AM. The temperature was in the low 50’s as I drove along DeBruce Road. Continue reading

Finger Lakes Trail: Rt 13 to Winding Stair Road

rt13windingstairrdoct2016_09camera32gps_pictalltrailscaltopomapmyhikeOn Tuesday, October 11 I wanted to continue to hike Map 12 on the Finger Lakes Trail near Bath and Hammondsport, NY after doing the first section from Sand Pit Road to Route 13. I decided I would park on Route 13 near Mitchellsville where I had left Access 5 and then hike north and east to Winding Stair Road just south of Hammondsport at Access 7. The hike out on the trail would be around 6.4 miles but I knew we could hike back on local roads and probably cut the distance some with a less difficult hike making the round trip between 12 and 13 miles. The drive is almost 3 hours but there was no rain in the forecast. Even so, I knew I wanted to get an early start so I set my alarm for 6:00 AM. When my alarm woke me I looked at the thermometer and is was 30 degrees. I delayed my start a little so that I would arrive at my destination around 10:00 AM when the temperature had risen some. I had gotten my gear ready the night before so I was ready to leave by 6:45 AM with Sheila in the backseat. We had not been out for a few days so she was more than ready to go. She almost seemed to sense we were in for a long ride and settled down immediately. Continue reading

Weather for the week of October 9th

The forecast for the week of October 9th began with an overcast Sunday with highs reaching into the low 60’s. There were sustained winds and a few showers in some areas.  Overnight temperatures are now dipping into the mid to mid 30’s and lingering through the early morning. Monday will be sunny, breezy and cool with highs in the mid 50’s. By Tuesday the temperature will rise into the low 60’s and will will be sunny and warmer. On Wednesday it will be partly sunny with highs reaching into the mid 60’s. Thursday will be a repeat of Wednesday but with the chance of passing showers in the afternoon. Friday will be mostly sunny but the highs will reach only into the high 50’s. Saturday will be much the same but slightly cooler. Be sure you are dressed appropriately in clothing which will wick away moisture to keep you from developing a chill in cooler temperatures. It is time to start wearing or carrying a light jacket and maybe even light gloves and a hat for the earlier morning hikes.  A light rain jacket may also be a good idea. Keeping hydrated can sometimes be tricky but hydrating properly will allow you to hike longer and in greater comfort. Be sure to carry water with you as local water sources can be unreliable and may be contaminated. Once you are thirsty, you are already dehydrated! Remember, the weather forecast is only a prediction and always contains percentages. Be prepared and have a plan for the most likely and least likely forecast! Are you prepared to stay out overnight on a trail? Conditions in the morning can change drastically by afternoon. Conditions at the trailhead do not always reflect the conditions on the peaks! Variable trail and weather conditions are a hallmark of these mountains. BE CAREFUL AND BE PREPARED!