Recognise the signs of nature
‘If Mount Dachstein wears a ‘hat’, the weather improves. If Mount Dachstein wears a ‘sabel’ the weather gets really bad’. No kidding! These old weather sayings apply to countless local mountains in the Alps. A ‘cloud hat’ hence usually guarantees good, stable weather conditions without rain or thunderstorms. Generally a glance at the sky is not a bad idea – even the tiniest changes can give you an indication of the weather. Anvil clouds building higher and higher in the sky and becoming wider at the tips of it as well as feathery clouds indicate a bad weather front.
Are you carrying an altimeter with you? Then we recommend you check it before you go to bed. If the indication clearly rises in the early morning hours (approx. 30m in altitude), that means air pressure has decreased and this usually indicates a cold front and bad weather. Be warned!