Weather report for Kaiserwinkl
Forecast for Kössen, Schwendt, Walchsee, Rettenschöss
Dry and partly sunny throughout the day, with cloudy periods from time to time.
Mostly sunny throughout the day, but a chance of snow showers towards evening.
Morning snow showers, then fairly sunny during the day.
Light snowfall in the early morning, but most of the day will be dry.
Snowfall in the early morning, then alternating snowfall and rain during the day.
Data provision by GeoSphere Austria
Being aware of the weather for mountain tours
In general there are two types of storms that involve different patterns:
These occur when the weather is good in the afternoon and evening and do not cause any lasting deterioration in the weather.
Characteristics: Convective storms are signalled by a change in the cumulus and cumulus humilis clouds; there is still quite a lot of time to react. When cumulus clouds start to billow up high, reckon on storms occurring later. When larger cloud towers develop, it is time to get to a safer location. If there is a fuzzy anvil head above the storm cloud, this points to the fact that a very considerable storm is on the way, mostly with heavy hailstorms.What to do: When there is a risk of convective storms it is best to only go out in the morning for a mountain tour.
These frequently occur with the passage of a cold front. They bring with them a sudden drop in temperature and often end with a period of fine weather.
Characteristics: Immediately before the onset of a cold front it is often still particularly fine, with few clouds. Matters are further complicated when a cluster storm is often not recognised in good time from the cloud picture – paying attention to the weather forecast in advance is especially important.
What to do: Since with the onset of a cold front the temperature can fall very quickly and considerably (in the high mountains it may even snow even in the height of summer!), mountain tours are to be avoided.
Tips for unsettled weather
- In summer it is recommended that you make an early start when hiking and climbing. Generally it is in the afternoon that the risk of storms increases.
- When there is a risk of convective storms heading out for a mountain tour in the morning is preferable, and when there is a risk of cluster storms/cold front, then avoid heading out on a mountain tour.
- Keep an eye on the cloud development
- If in spite of being well-prepared you find yourself in open terrain and are taken by surprise by stormy conditions, alpine inns and hotels with lightening protectors, a trough or dense woodland will offer protection from lightening strike
- In open terrain assume a crouching, huddled position with both feet side by side
- For larger groups, individuals should be spread far apart so they do not create an effect of being a compact elevation
- Avoid individual trees and groups of trees, mountain ridges and mountain summits, the edges of forested areas which have tall trees and unprotected look-out towers.
- Watch out for hollows and overhangs especially if you are in a wet, small and low area
- Leave water-bearing channels and steel safety cables immediately (via ferrata route!)
- Signs of imminent risk of lightening strike - tingling on your scalp, hair bristling, metal objects humming, gentle crackling and blue lights (St Elmo's fire) specifically on protruding metal objects (summit crosses etc.)