Thanks to Alf Skrastins for alerting me to a new website that forecasts the weather for specific mountains around the world including a good selection of Kananaskis Country peaks. The information below is quoted from Alf’s email
Alf says. “I’ve been using Snow-Forecast.com for the past few years, to get weather information for skiing. I have found their forecasts to be more accurate, especially with respect to snowfall amounts, than Environment Canada or The Weather Network. The best thing, from my perspective, is that the forecasts are specific to individual ski resorts or backcountry ski lodges.” Now the same folks have introduced a new website: mountain-forecast.com
This site does the following:
- You can search by entering the name of a specific peak (like Mount Sparrowhawk). It will then give you a choice of 2 or 3 elevations (base, middle or summit) and the weather forecast for each elevation.
- If you don’t enter the name of a peak, it starts by giving you a list of the 20 peaks closest to the IP address you are currently using!
- It provides a detailed 6-day weather forecast (in 8 hour increments) for specific peaks anywhere in the world.
- The forecast includes: sky condition, max & min temperature during each 8 hour period, wind speed and direction, precipitation type and amounts, freezing level, wind chill and a 3-day synopsis.
- The site also includes a photo of the peak, a basic description of the kind of peak it is (hiking, scrambling, climbing, skiing), the best season to do the peak, etc.
- Then the site lists the 10 nearest peaks in their data base
- There is also a road/access map, with the peak location highlighted
- And there is a basic Topo Map showing the contours, ground cover, water elements and nearby peaks.
- You can select from a list of adjacent peaks to jump to the weather forecasts for those peaks.
It’s a new site, so they are very open to suggestions of additional peaks or any corrections and updates to the information. Still, they already have an incredible amount of information.