While on a trip back to Pennsylvania this past weekend to visit my parents, I had an itch to scratch. Lately, I've been yearning for the trails of my youth. I've been wanting to pedal through the deciduous, dense forest and never-ending hilly terrain that makes up northeastern Pennsylvania.
Fortunately, I reconnected with a local and got to experience again the singletrack I grew up riding. In my hometown of Mountain Top, PA there is no trail organization like MORC to help maintain trails. These heavily wooded trails are made and kept up by some of the local guys that ride them day in and day out. Their efforts are noticeable but the trails are still very rugged and rocky as hell. My butt is still sore from the multitude of rock gardens we traversed on our 20+ mile ride. Let's just say I've scratched the itch...
Looking forward to getting back on our well-groomed MORC trails here in Minnesota! MSP hit 94° on Monday making it day #3 with highs in the 90's. Typically we get 1 day in the 90s in September. Could this be summer's last hurrah? Cooler conditions do make an entrance late this week. Drier, more comfortable riding weather settles in for the weekend.
Wednesday: Sunny. Cooler. H: 82° Wind: NW 5-10
Wednesday Night: Clear. L: 57° Wind: N 4
Thursday: Low dewpoints (40s), comfortably cooler. H: 71° L: 52° Wind: NW 5
Friday: Awesome riding weather! Sunny & dry. H: 71° L: 51° Wind: NE 4
Saturday: Clouds increase. Rain overnight ~0.25" H: 70° L: 55° Wind: SW 10
Sunday: Lingering clouds & showers. Cool. H: 69° L: 55° Wind: N 5-10
September is one of the best months for outdoor recreation. Over 50% of our time in September is spent in "cool" conditions with temperatures ranging from 50°F to 65°F...a temperature range that I think is ideal for riding in Minnesota.
Woollybear and Weather Forecasting
Before the use of supercomputers many weather observers looked to nature to predict the weather. For the most part, predicting future seasons through changes in nature have turned into folklore but many people still use these observations every day. As a young girl growing up in eastern Pennsylvania, we would capture the woollybear caterpillar and use their markings as a sign of either a harsh or mild winter to come. According to weather-lore, the narrower the brown band the harsher the upcoming winter. What natural signs have you seen on the trail?
Summer brings warm afternoons perfect for biking, but the summer heat and humidity can also spark thunderstorms and severe weather. Be prepared for any type of adverse weather headed your way with Aeris Pulse.
NWS Twin Cities Weather Story