[pct-l] Pct-L Digest, Vol 89, Issue 25

casey cox casey.cox at att.net
Mon May 25 12:42:32 CDT 2015


It's not uncommon to have a 2-3 day wet cold weather event in May, some years may even happen twice.  This season is very uncommon but it does appear to finally be over.  Remember when you get weather reports that say a 20% chance of rain that means 20% of the area is expected to get rain.   That 20% is almost always along the crest.

Sonora Pass Resupply
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 Date: Sun, 24 May 2015 11:12:55 -0700
 From: Brian Westlander <brian.westlander at gmail.com>
 To: pct-l at backcountry.net
 Subject: [pct-l] Is this weather typical? - Sierra City to
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 My wife and I (section hikers) just hiked from Sierra City
 to Quincy-La
 Porte Road over the last few days. We felt like we were
 unusually slammed
 by fairly constant rain and thunderstorms. These did not
 seem like your
 typical afternoon thunderstorms. We only saw sun for about
 an hour each day.
 We checked the weather reports before leaving so did expect
 rain/storms. But we felt the reports we saw underestimated
 the storms quite
 a bit.
 1) Does anybody know if this stormy weather, in this region,
 is typical for
 this time of year? In other words, can we expect more of the
 same weather
 as we continue?
 2) Or, is the weather very unpredictable in this region -
 i.e. Don't put
 much stock in the weather reports?
 3) Finally, does anyone have recommendations for lightweight
 rain gear? Our
 rain gear turned out to not be waterproof (Frogg Togg
 Dri-Ducks - they may
 have been too old to protect us) sending our soggy selves
 off the trail and
 into Quincy earlier than planned.
 Thanks so much for your help!
 - Strog and Bling
 (at a motel in Quincy rehashing our plans)

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