Category Archives: Weather

90 Second Escape: Shoo, winter!

Monday — never an easy time for the outdoors enthusiast. After a weekend of adventure, returning to the humdrum work-a-day world can make one melancholy. To help ease the transition, every Monday we feature a 90 Second Escape — essentially, a 90-second video or slide show of a place you’d probably rather be: a trail, a park, a greenway, a lake … anywhere as long as it’s not under a fluorescent bulb. read more

90 Second Escape: Spring

Monday — never an easy time for the outdoors enthusiast. After a weekend of adventure, returning to the humdrum work-a-day world can make one melancholy. To help ease the transition, every Monday we feature a 90 Second Escape — essentially, a 90-second video or slide show of a place you’d probably rather be: a trail, a park, a greenway, a lake … anywhere as long as it’s not under a fluorescent bulb. read more

‘Miserable’? Depends upon your perspective

Two days ago, the weekend forecast for across the land (“the land” being North Carolina) called for mostly sunny skies and highs in the low 70s. Perfect weather for just about every outdoor pursuit.
Today, the word “miserable” is in the forecast for Saturday. (WRAL.com: “ … We should have a miserable day with wind and rain playing a prominent role in the forecast. .. .”
It’s a meteorologist’s prerogative, I reckon.
New forecast in hand, we have two thoughts.
One, a little rain — and a little wind and below-normal temperatures — shouldn’t keep you from enjoying the outdoors in some fashion. I’ve long been a fan of hiking in the rain, an intimate experience with a shot of adrenaline if you hike along a normally placid creek infused with an inch or two of rain. You simply have to go prepared. You can do that in one of two ways. If you’re an avid hiker, it’s worth your while to spring for good rain gear. (A jacket we’re particularly covetous of is the Patagonia Super Cell.)  Or, for as little as 99 cents you can buy a surprisingly effective poncho.
For more on the topic, check out this post from 2012.
Two, if it simply is too miserable for your sensibilities, this weekend could be a good opportunity to check out your neighborhood climbing gym; a list of which you will find here.  Never been climbing but intrigued? Here’s a post on the intro to climbing class offered by the Triangle Rock Club.
So, “miserable”?
The forecasting, maybe. But not the prospects for weekend fun. read more

90 Second Escape: Southern Snowy Trails

Monday — never an easy time for the outdoors enthusiast. After a weekend of adventure, returning to the humdrum work-a-day world can make one melancholy. To help ease the transition, every Monday we feature a 90 Second Escape — essentially, a 90-second video or slide show of a place you’d probably rather be: a trail, a park, a greenway, a lake … anywhere as long as it’s not under a fluorescent bulb. read more

Weekend update: a revised plan

Morrow Mountain in snow (an earlier snow, not this one). Photo courtesy North Carolina State Parks

Here’s the weekend dilemma: you want to get out and experience the snow, but will you be able to get there? And once you get there, can you even get in?

If your destination is Mount Mitchell State Park, the Shining Rock/Middle Prong wilderness areas, or anywhere else along the Blue Ridge Parkway, the answer to the first question is probably not. The entire Parkway, all 469 miles, is essentially closed, mostly due to snow and ice, in parts because of construction. (For the latest BRP status, go here.) read more