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Mt Whitney
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Weather on Mt Whitney varies greatly during the year and can certainly be unpredictable at times. Temperatures at the lower elevations are generally warm. At higher elevations in the night, even in the summer months temperatures can fall below freezing. Typical winter temperatures above 9,500 feet range from -14 degrees F to 12 degrees at night and from 15 - 50 degrees F during the day.

Ninety five percent of total precipitation (which includes both rain and snow) falls between the months of October and May, with more than half falling in January, February, and March. The frequency of summer showers increase at higher elevations and correspondingly there are more cloudy days. But even though these thundershowers are of short duration they are still a danger to the hiker/climber on the summit or high ridges on Mt Whitney and other Sierra Peaks. That being said, if you detect a thunderstorm developing, vacate the summit and high ridges at once. The first recorded fatality on Mt Whitney was due to lightning.

Snow is one of the most spectacular features in the Sierra Nevada (the second snowiest mountain range on the continent) but due to the fact that Mt Whitney resides in the southern portion of the Sierra Nevada, it does not get nearly the amount of snow pack that the Palisade or Mammoth Lakes region do.

Quick summary of Mt Whitney weather and road access for the next 7 days:
Mostly showers and thunderstorms this week on Mt Whitney except for a possible break on Thursday and Friday. The Whitney Portal Road is now open.

Latest Trail Conditions as of 7/11:
Trail mostly clear at this point especially with the warm temperatures we have been having on Mt Whitney. Some lingering snow and ice in the cables section above Trail Camp.
The Whitney Portal Road is open. As far as Permits are concerned they are now required until the end of November.

MT WHITNEY AERIAL VIEW- We are proud to have the following link added to our Mt Whitney lineup. It is a mixed slide-show showing many key features of Mt Whitney and the surrounding areas from both the ground and the air. So click on the following link, turn up the music, use the biggest monitor you got in full screen video mode, and enjoy high resolution photos of Mt Whitney.
Mt Whitney Aerial Slide-show

THE FOLLOWING IS THE WEATHER FORECAST FOR THE WHITNEY PORTAL AREA AT 8,300 FT
The Whitney Portal Hosts the Trail-head for Hikers, Backpackers and Climbers on Mt Whitney

July 28 Monday Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 71. Light and variable wind becoming east 5 to 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%.
 
July 28 Monday Night Scattered showers and thunderstorms before 11pm. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 50. Northwest wind around 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%.
 
July 29 Tuesday A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Partly sunny, with a high near 75. Northwest wind around 7 mph becoming southeast in the morning.
 
July 29 Tuesday Night A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 52. Northwest wind 7 to 11 mph.
 
July 30 Wednesday A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 77. South southwest wind around 8 mph becoming east in the morning.
 
July 30 Wednesday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 52.
 
July 31 Thursday Mostly sunny, with a high near 80.
 
July 31 Thursday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 52.
 
August 1 Friday Mostly sunny, with a high near 81.
 
August 1 Friday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 53.
 
August 2 Saturday A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 80.
 
August 2 Saturday Night A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 54.
 
August 3 Sunday A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 79.
Mt Whitney Trail Camp

Photo to the Left shows

Trail Camp on Mt Whitney at an elevation of 12,000 ft.

Most backpackers/climbers on Mt Whitney use this as a base camp for Summit day.

Plenty of great sites already established so it makes for easy setup.2,496 feet of elevation left to gain before reaching the top!

THE FOLLOWING IS THE WEATHER FORECAST FOR WHITNEY TRAIL CAMP AT 12,000 FT
As mentioned above, most backpackers/climbers set up camp here before going for the summit.

July 28 Monday Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 11am. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. Cloudy, with a high near 51. Calm wind becoming east southeast around 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.
 
July 28 Monday Night Scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 11pm. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 39. West wind around 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%.
 
July 29 Tuesday A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 11am. Partly sunny, with a high near 56. North northwest wind around 8 mph becoming south in the afternoon.
 
July 29 Tuesday Night A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 40. West wind 9 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph.
 
July 30 Wednesday A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 55. South southeast wind around 9 mph.
 
July 30 Wednesday Night A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 40.
 
July 31 Thursday Mostly sunny, with a high near 55.
 
July 31 Thursday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 39.
 
August 1 Friday Mostly sunny, with a high near 55.
 
August 1 Friday Night A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 40.
 
August 2 Saturday A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 55.
 
August 2 Saturday Night A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 41.
 
August 3 Sunday Showers and thunderstorms likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 55.
Mt Whitney North Slope
Mt Whitney Summit Hut 
Fresh Air Traverse 

THE FOLLOWING IS THE WEATHER FORECAST FOR WHITNEY'S SUMMIT AT 14,505 FT

July 28 Monday Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 11am. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. Cloudy, with a high near 44. South wind 5 to 10 mph becoming light and variable in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 70%.
 
July 28 Monday Night Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly before 11pm. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 32. West wind around 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.
 
July 29 Tuesday A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 48. North northwest wind around 8 mph becoming south southeast in the afternoon.
 
July 29 Tuesday Night A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 33. Southwest wind 10 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.
 
July 30 Wednesday A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 47. South wind around 9 mph.
 
July 30 Wednesday Night A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 33.
 
July 31 Thursday A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 47.
 
July 31 Thursday Night A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 32.
 
August 1 Friday A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 48.
 
August 1 Friday Night A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 33.
 
August 2 Saturday A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 48.
 
August 2 Saturday Night A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 35.
 
August 3 Sunday Showers and thunderstorms likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 47.

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Matt 7:24-27

"Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts
them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on
the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds
blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because
it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these
words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a
foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down,
the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that
house, and it fell with a great crash."