May is another
month when weather can vary significantly from one day
to the next. We've all replanted our gardens in late May
after an unexpected freeze. Though a paddle outing
probably won't turn into a showshoe, temperatures in the
teens are not unheard of and neither are highs of 90.
June's weather being generally pleasant is a pretty
safe bet, though it can be cool and wet, electrical
storms become more likely and some clouds are black
When going on any outing, keep a close eye on
weather forecasts specific to where you plan to go.
Look closely at hourly details of at least two
forecasts. It pays to be good at reading and
comparing location / time specific forecasts, observing
differences between them and remembering that the
forecast you read is based on the best knowledge
available at the time it was written and can quickly
change, especially with regard to timing. Use them as
general guide along with your knowledge of an area's
weather patterns and your intuition. At home, in your car or on the trail, plan for and be ready
for the worst!
Get Ready For Warm Weather!!!
But keep in mind, winter conditions can and do occur
Though May and June signal the beginning of consistently
warmer weather, winter conditions can still occur,
especially at higher elevations. It can be 10
degrees one day and 80 the next. Thunder storms
are pretty sure to occur. It's time to think
seriously about - and prepare for - warm weather safety
and comfort on our outings. It's time to check your
boats, pfds, paddles, bikes, insect repellant, sun
screen, warm weather clothing, footwear and hydration
gear. Refresh your knowledge of warm weather
illness symptoms, treatment and avoidance. You or
someone you know may appreciate your help one day.
Warm & Hot Weather Illness
Trails may be slippery, rocky, steep, wet, icy, debris covered
and may run along or over cliffs. Bushwhacks have more hazards.
Lakes, streams, swamps and rivers have variable water levels,
flow rates and ice conditions from hour to hour, day to day and
from place to place. There may be extreme heat, lightning, hail, rain, flash
flooding, snow, freezing rain, severe cold and dangerous wind.
Adequate water may be scarce.
Always have a reasonable plan, determine as accurately as
possible as many details as you can and be sure someone else
knows your plan. At all times of the year, the window of
survivability outdoors is reduced by adverse weather. As
conditions change (anticipated or not) be prepared with
appropriate gear. Whatever the hazard, every participant always
assumes full responsibility for his/her own safety during a
Crooked Canes outing.
Always carry maps and a compass and
know how to use them!