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Mt Whitney

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.

Whitney Portal Sign Quick summary of Mt Whitney weather:
A slight chance of showers today through Monday, then off and on throughout the week on Mt Whitney.

Latest Trail Conditions as of July 12th
Trail is clear from the Portal all the way to the Summit.

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 also check out our Mt Whitney Aerial Flight Video (a moving view completely around Mt Whitney and its surrounding neighbors).

TRAIL GUIDE - for an in-depth write up on hiking from the Trailhead at Whitney Portal to the Summit, please check out our page on the Mt Whitney Trail.


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

Sunday  7/14  Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly before 3pm. Widespread haze before 8am. Increasing clouds, with a high near 75. Southwest wind 5 to 9 mph becoming east southeast in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 60%.
 
Sunday Night 7/14  Mostly clear, with a low around 58. West wind 6 to 8 mph.
 
Monday 7/15  A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 76. West northwest wind 6 to 8 mph becoming east southeast in the afternoon.
 
Monday Night 7/15  Mostly clear, with a low around 59. West wind 6 to 9 mph.
 
Tuesday 7/16  Sunny, with a high near 80. West northwest wind 6 to 13 mph becoming southeast in the morning.
 
Tuesday Night 7/16  Mostly clear, with a low around 58.
 
Wednesday 7/17  Sunny, with a high near 79.
 
Wednesday Night 7/17  Mostly clear, with a low around 60.
 
Thursday 7/18  A slight chance of showers after 11am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 80.
 
Thursday Night 7/18  Mostly clear, with a low around 62.
 
Friday 7/19  A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 80.
 
Friday Night 7/19  Mostly clear, with a low around 63.
 
Saturday 7/20  A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Sunny, with a high near 82.


The Photo Above 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

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.

Sunday  7/14  Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly before 4pm. Widespread haze before 9am. Increasing clouds, with a high near 52. South wind 6 to 13 mph, with gusts as high as 22 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.
 
Sunday Night 7/14  A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 8pm. Mostly clear, with a low around 38. West wind 6 to 8 mph.
 
Monday 7/15  A slight chance of rain and snow showers before 7am, then a chance of rain showers. Some thunder is also possible. Mostly sunny, with a high near 53. West wind 6 to 9 mph becoming east northeast in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 30%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.
 
Monday Night 7/15  Mostly clear, with a low around 39. West wind around 8 mph.
 
Tuesday 7/16  Sunny, with a high near 56. West northwest wind 8 to 14 mph becoming south southeast in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 21 mph.
 
Tuesday Night 7/16  Mostly clear, with a low around 39.
 
Wednesday 7/17  Mostly sunny, with a high near 56.
 
Wednesday Night 7/17  Mostly clear, with a low around 40.
 
Thursday 7/18  A slight chance of showers after 11am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 58.
 
Thursday Night 7/18  Partly cloudy, with a low around 43.
 
Friday 7/19  A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 58.
 
Friday Night 7/19  Mostly clear, with a low around 44.
 
Saturday 7/20  A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 59.
Whitney Summit Hut

THE FOLLOWING IS THE WEATHER FORECAST FOR WHITNEY'S SUMMIT AT 14,508 FT

Sunday  7/14  Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly before 4pm. Widespread haze before 9am. Increasing clouds, with a high near 42. South wind 7 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 22 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.
 
Sunday Night 7/14  A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 8pm. Mostly clear, with a low around 32. West wind 6 to 9 mph.
 
Monday 7/15  A slight chance of snow showers before 10am, then a chance of rain showers. Some thunder is also possible. Mostly sunny, with a high near 45. West wind 7 to 9 mph becoming east southeast in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 30%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.
 
Monday Night 7/15  Mostly clear, with a low around 33. West wind around 9 mph.
 
Tuesday 7/16  Sunny, with a high near 46. West northwest wind 9 to 14 mph becoming southeast in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph.
 
Tuesday Night 7/16  Mostly clear, with a low around 33.
 
Wednesday 7/17  Mostly sunny, with a high near 47.
 
Wednesday Night 7/17  Mostly clear, with a low around 34.
 
Thursday 7/18  A slight chance of showers after 11am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 48.
 
Thursday Night 7/18  Partly cloudy, with a low around 36.
 
Friday 7/19  A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 48.
 
Friday Night 7/19  Mostly clear, with a low around 38.
 
Saturday 7/20  A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 49.


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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."


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