WARNING: THIS IS A LONG POST AND IT IS QUITE POSSIBLY BORING!
Disclaimer: Make your own decisions when you’re deciding whether to head out on a trip. There are so many more factors than just these to consider!
Sydney has been wet recently. I mean really wet. I mean crazy thunderstorms dumping 30-90mm of rain in an hour wet. With all of this weather the facebook group OzCanyons has been buzzing with discussions about whether it is safe to canyon and what canyons are best. While I can’t help with that info – as a few people like Tom mentioned it really is a decision for the group to make based on experience – I thought I would share a few thoughts on weather resources to help make decisions about whether or not to head out. Like all meteorological discussions remember that ‘the forecast is always correct, just a day or month out’ so take everything with a grain of salt and remember there is no substitute for knowledge or experience.
In summary my process for making a decisions would be the dot points below – the rest of the post will explain some of the resources I use in consideration.
- Check the forecast –if it is crazy I’ll call it.
- Check the radar – because I like the image and it is useful (but only at the last minute I guess)
- Check recent weather data – work out what has been happening recently in the area I am going to – if there has been a lot of rain or storms recently I’ll make a call.
- Check individual rain gauge data – because the popular weather stations aren’t always close by.
- Check the forecast maps and forecasts again with the background knowledge of what conditions are likely to be at the moment.
- If I still haven’t made a decision – check with an expert (like the OzCanyons Crew)