I discovered this site yesterday, and had to write a quick post on it to share it. I am planning a hike into the Osceolas this weekend in the White Mountain National Forest in New Hampster. With the weather looking great a few days ago, and today showing rain and possible thunderstorms, the latter would cancel my trip, I am keeping a close eye on the weather.
In doing so, I stumbled across a great site – Mountain Forecast.
The site’s description is noted as
“Dedicated mountain weather forecasts for more than 11200 (and growing) major summits for climbers and mountaineers, provided for up to 5 different elevations.”
This is highly useful information. When you get to the site, you can search for a mountain directly, with result suggestions:
Or, you can navigate by Range, Subrange, and Mountain:
Then, once you get into the mountain’s page, you are presented with some basic information, and if it is not there, you can submit updates
It even contains climbing notes – I will definitely add mine once I have completed the mountain.
You are also presented with two maps, one a road map with the peaks noted:
As well as a relief map:
And finally a listing of the 10 closest mountain peaks:
But the main information I want to point out, is the weather forecasts. On the navigation at the top of the page for the mountain, there is a section for forecasts. Not only a general forecast for the area, but, forecasts for two elevations!
One for the peak, and the other for the lowest elevation of the trail. Looking at the peak elevation (top image below), I can see that it is going to be about 10+ degrees colder at the top than at the bottom (bottom image below).
This is crucial information. Looking at Weather Underground for the area does not give me this detail. This also iterates that I need a warmer layer with me once I get to the summit, and that it is not going to be a calm 65 degrees when I get there.
This is a fantastic tool, and I am glad I stumbled upon it! I hope it is useful for you as well. I have added this under Resources in the Links page on this site.