PADDLERsmart! USA Knowledge Base
Module 03 - Trip Planning and Preparation
Check the forecast before you go paddling and also keep an ‘eye to the sky’ during your paddle trip. Watch out for the development of any of these dangerous conditions:
Fog, dark clouds and lightning.
A falling barometer (if the barometer falls, you should expect rain to fall!).
A noticeable halo around the sun or moon (this usually indicates rain).
Changes in the direction and temperature of the wind (a temperature drop indicates a storm).
Puffy, vertically rising clouds (these are storm clouds).
Watch out for the west—foul weather usually arrives from the west, but storms rolling in from the east tend to hit the hardest!