Weather for the week of September 17th

The week of September 17th began with a sunny Sunday with highs for the day in the low 70’s. Monday was warmer with highs in the low 80’s, high humidity and bright and sunny skies. Look for mostly cloudy skies on Tuesday with highs in the low 70’s. On Wednesday if will be partly sunny and pleasant with highs in the mid 70’s. Thursday will be a repeat of Wednesday with highs a degree or two warmer. The same weather will continue into Friday. Saturday will be the warmest day of the week with unseasonable highs reaching intro the low 80’s. There will be plenty of sun. Remember that getting a sunburn or an overexposure to the sun’s UV rays is possible even as fall approaches. Protect t yourself at all times. Getting wet in a shower may be refreshing but getting caught in a thunderstorm is no joke. When lightning begins to strike seek shelter under a rock overhang or in a lean-to or other building if possible. When the weather conditions are constantly changing, be sure you are dressed appropriately in clothing which will wick away moisture to allow further moisture to evaporate and cool your body. Layering should be with non-cotton materials as cotton tends to hold moisture. Keeping hydrated as the weather heats up can but hydrating properly will allow you to hike longer and in greater comfort. Be sure to carry plenty of 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 September 10th

The week of September 10th began with a sunny Sunday with highs for the day in the mid 60’s. Monday will be pleasant and mostly sunny with highs in the low 70’s. The temperature will rise in the high 70’s under sunny skies on Tuesday. On Wednesday there will be sun in the morning giving way to some showers in the afternoon with highs in the low 70’s. Thursday will be mostly cloudy with highs again in the low 70’s. The clouds will continue into Friday with highs in the low 70’s and a chance of showers. The sun will break through again on Saturday with highs climbing slightly but still in the low 70’s. There will also be a possibility of showers. Getting wet in a shower may be refreshing but getting caught in a thunderstorm is no joke. When lightning begins to strike seek shelter under a rock overhang or in a lean-to or other building if possible. When the weather conditions are constantly changing, be sure you are dressed appropriately in clothing which will wick away moisture to allow further moisture to evaporate and cool your body. Layering should be with non-cotton materials as cotton tends to hold moisture. Keeping hydrated as the weather heats up can but hydrating properly will allow you to hike longer and in greater comfort. Be sure to carry plenty of 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!

Round Top Loops

gps_pictalltrailscaltopomapmyhikeOn Monday, September 4th I decided I wanted to get out and hike before attending a family reunion in the afternoon. Rather than spend time driving somewhere, I decided to simply go across the street to Round Top and hike some loops for an hour or so. It was 70 degrees at the house and a little humid when I put Sheila on her leash and started down the driveway. I elected to leave my pack behind but to take my hiking poles to prevent “sausage fingers”. We crossed the street and the field by the church and started up the hill to the top of the cemetery. Sheila was willing to pull so I let her help me up the steep but short hill. At the trailhead we turned left into the forest and after a few feet I let Sheila off her leash. It was a little cooler out of the direct sun but not much cooler. Continue reading

Weather for the week of September 3rd

The week of September 3rd began with a rainy Sunday from the remnants of Hurricane Harvey sweep through the area. Highs for the day mat just break into the 60’s. The rain should pass by Monday brining warmer and pleasant conditions with sunny skies and highs in the mid 70’s. On Tuesday the temperatures will remain in the mid 70’s but rain will be present throughout the day with thunderstorms in the afternoon. Look for more of the same on Wednesday but with highs only in the mid 60’s. It will rain most of the day with some periods of heavy rain. Thursday will also see temperatures in the low 60’s with some showers throughout the day. Friday will be cloudy with some sun and highs in the low 70’s. Expect showers any time during the day. Saturday the temperatures will drop back into the high 60’s with the possibility of a shower. Getting wet in a shower may be refreshing but getting caught in a thunderstorm is no joke. When lightning begins to strike seek shelter under a rock overhang or in a lean-to or other building if possible. When the weather conditions are constantly changing, be sure you are dressed appropriately in clothing which will wick away moisture to allow further moisture to evaporate and cool your body. Layering should be with non-cotton materials as cotton tends to hold moisture. Keeping hydrated as the weather heats up can but hydrating properly will allow you to hike longer and in greater comfort. Be sure to carry plenty of 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!