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!