How to get a reliable weather forecast?
Getting a reliable weather forecast is essential during a hut hike. You’ll really want to know what the weather will look like before you start hiking, especially when you are hiking with children.
We all know however that getting reliable weather information is a difficult task. The weather sites like weatheronline and accuweather generally are not detailed enough. So where will you get our information?
We find the following weather sites are detailed and reliable enough to guide you on your hikes:
Yr.no – this Norwegian weather site will work well for locations all over the world. It has hourly information. This site works well if you want a quick general overview of the weather for the next day for a specific location.
Mountain-forecast.com – useful site with very detailed information
Windy.com – a very detailed website by a Czech company. It also has an app you can install on your phone.
MeteoSwiss – this site provides detailed forecasts for the whole of Switzerland. The precipitation radar provides minute-by-minute information about rainfall – a very useful tool.
Ask the hut keeper
The hut keeper is a valuable source of information. He’ll have detailed info about the routes you are planning to hike and will generally have a very good understanding of the weather. In most huts the hut keeper will give a speech about the weather forecast for the next day at the end of diner. The daily weather forecast will also be written down on a board somewhere in the bar area. If the hut keeper says it’s to dangerous to go up the mountain the next day, you’ll really want to listen to him. He’s probably right, even if the online weather forecast says otherwise.
When in doubt…
Keeping yourself and your children safe is essential. Our advice is: when in doubt about the weather, don’t hike. Especially when a thunderstorm is on the way. Just wait it out and stay another night in the hut. Play a game cards, eat some rösti and take an extra nap. Better be safe than sorry.