After 3+ years living in Salt Lake City, I finally decided to make an attempt on Mount Olympus. The weather had been unseasonably warm, and I didn't start hiking until around 2:00 p.m., so it was viciously hot.
Aside from the heat and the fact that the trail has almost no shade, I was a little nervous about the storm clouds developing above the peak. Afternoon thunderclouds typically form all around the valley in the summer. Normally they produce no storms and most often evaporate by the evening.
About halfway to the top, I heard thunder a few times coming from the now ominous-looking clouds above Mount Olympus. I decided to turn back. I suspected that the storm would dissipate as it got later in the day, but I didn't want to take any chances.
My suspicions about the storm clouds turned out to be correct. They had turned into wispy, harmless clouds by the time I returned to the trailhead, but based on the information at the time, I made the correct decision. Hopefully, I'll get another chance to hike Mount Olympus this fall.