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Offline Wgattis

good months for the southern route
« on: December 17, 2017, 12:07:21 pm »
I have a week off in February, and was thinking of flying out from my icebox (Colorado) and biking from Mobile to Austin, TX.  Does anyone know what weather conditions I might be likely to encounter?  I was going to do the last week in February to maximize light and temperatures.

Offline DarrenBnYYC

Re: good months for the southern route
« Reply #1 on: December 18, 2017, 01:55:19 pm »
I know nothing about the weather in Texas in February, but in case you haven't seen it, WeatherSpark.com does a great job summarizing climate normals for most major centers in North America. For example, here are the annual and typical February conditions for Austin:

https://weatherspark.com/y/8004/Average-Weather-in-Austin-Texas-United-States-Year-Round

https://weatherspark.com/m/8004/2/Average-Weather-in-February-in-Austin-Texas-United-States

Offline staehpj1

Re: good months for the southern route
« Reply #2 on: December 20, 2017, 08:40:14 am »
I have a week off in February, and was thinking of flying out from my icebox (Colorado) and biking from Mobile to Austin, TX.  Does anyone know what weather conditions I might be likely to encounter?  I was going to do the last week in February to maximize light and temperatures.
I rode a modified ST from San Diego to Pensacola from mid February to mid March and thought it was the perfect time of year for the route.  I had frost quite a few nights, but the temperatures got at least to the 50s every day and the riding was pleasant.  I much prefer that to hot weather.  I did have one very cold night (18 F) on top of a pass, but I don't think you are as likely to have that on the section you are planning.  I also saw a little snow by the side of the road on a couple passes, but again not on the section you are asking about.

On the other hand, I rode with a guy from south Florida and he complained about the cold.

Bottom line...  If going again I'd probably pick the same time of year.

Offline Pavel

Re: good months for the southern route
« Reply #3 on: January 29, 2018, 07:01:29 pm »
My daughter lives just south of Austin and february is a month that changes a lot.  Temps are kind of all over the place in early Feb and by late Feb it tends to be pretty reliable good weather for cycling, at least as far as my few trips to the area have been around that time of year. 

But if you have a choice, I'd personally wait a while and go in late march early April when all those gorgeous wild flowers are blooming all over that area.