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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 chance of snow showers today through Sunday on Mt Whitney.

Latest Trail Conditions as of February 12th
Heavy snow and ice cover the trail and very few (if any) are making it to the summit at this time. Those attempting it (for the most part) are turning back The quota period has ended, so permits are there for the asking at the Ranger Station in Lone Pine.

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

Thursday  2/29  A 10 percent chance of snow after 4pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 39. Strong and damaging winds, with a west southwest wind 26 to 36 mph increasing to 39 to 49 mph. Winds could gust as high as 70 mph.
 
Thursday Night 2/29  A 30 percent chance of snow, mainly after 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 27. Strong and damaging winds, with a west southwest wind 41 to 48 mph, with gusts as high as 65 mph. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.
 
Friday 2/30  A 50 percent chance of snow. Partly sunny, with a high near 36. Strong and damaging winds, with a west southwest wind 38 to 48 mph increasing to 50 to 60 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 80 mph. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.
 
Friday Night 2/30  Snow likely, mainly after 10pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 26. Strong and damaging winds, with a southwest wind 45 to 50 mph decreasing to 37 to 42 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 70 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New snow accumulation of 3 to 5 inches possible.
 
Saturday 2/31  Snow. The snow could be heavy at times. High near 31. Strong and damaging winds, with a southwest wind 39 to 44 mph increasing to 50 to 55 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 85 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow accumulation of 6 to 10 inches possible.
 
Saturday Night 2/31  Snow, mainly before 4am. Low around 20. Very windy. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of 3 to 5 inches possible.
 
Sunday 2/32  A 30 percent chance of snow showers, mainly before 10am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 33. Breezy. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.
 
Sunday Night 2/32  Mostly clear, with a low around 19.
 
Monday 2/33  Mostly sunny, with a high near 34.
 
Monday Night 2/33  Partly cloudy, with a low around 23.
 
Tuesday 2/34  Mostly sunny, with a high near 36.
 
Tuesday Night 2/34  A slight chance of snow showers. Partly cloudy, with a low around 24.
 
Wednesday 2/35  A slight chance of snow showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 34.


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.

Thursday  2/29  A 10 percent chance of snow after 4pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 20. Wind chill values as low as -10. Strong and damaging winds, with a west southwest wind 41 to 46 mph increasing to 50 to 55 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 75 mph.
 
Thursday Night 2/29  A 30 percent chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 11. Wind chill values as low as -16. Strong and damaging winds, with a west southwest wind 55 to 60 mph, with gusts as high as 70 mph. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.
 
Friday 2/30  Snow likely, mainly after 4pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 18. Wind chill values as low as -16. Strong and damaging winds, with a southwest wind 50 to 55 mph increasing to 60 to 65 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 75 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.
 
Friday Night 2/30  Snow likely. The snow could be heavy at times. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 11. Wind chill values as low as -16. Strong and damaging winds, with a southwest wind 55 to 65 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New snow accumulation of 7 to 11 inches possible.
 
Saturday 2/31  Snow. The snow could be heavy at times. High near 13. Strong and damaging winds, with a southwest wind 60 to 70 mph, with gusts as high as 90 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow accumulation of 12 to 18 inches possible.
 
Saturday Night 2/31  Snow before 10pm, then snow showers likely between 10pm and 4am, then a chance of snow after 4am. The snow could be heavy at times. Some thunder is also possible. Low around 5. Strong and damaging winds. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of 6 to 10 inches possible.
 
Sunday 2/32  A 30 percent chance of snow showers, mainly before 10am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 15. Breezy. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.
 
Sunday Night 2/32  Mostly clear, with a low around 4. Breezy.
 
Monday 2/33  Mostly sunny, with a high near 18.
 
Monday Night 2/33  Partly cloudy, with a low around 8.
 
Tuesday 2/34  Mostly sunny, with a high near 19.
 
Tuesday Night 2/34  A slight chance of snow showers. Partly cloudy, with a low around 8.
 
Wednesday 2/35  A chance of snow showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 18.
Whitney Summit Hut

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

Thursday  2/29  A 10 percent chance of snow after 4pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 13. Wind chill values as low as -17. Strong and damaging winds, with a west southwest wind 49 to 54 mph increasing to 55 to 60 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 80 mph.
 
Thursday Night 2/29  A 30 percent chance of snow, mainly after 7pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 5. Wind chill values as low as -23. Strong and damaging winds, with a west southwest wind 60 to 70 mph, with gusts as high as 80 mph. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.
 
Friday 2/30  Snow likely, mainly after 4pm. Partly sunny, with a steady temperature around 7. Wind chill values as low as -24. Strong and damaging winds, with a west southwest wind 60 to 65 mph increasing to 65 to 70 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 80 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.
 
Friday Night 2/30  Snow likely. The snow could be heavy at times. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 4. Wind chill values as low as -24. Strong and damaging winds, with a southwest wind 65 to 70 mph decreasing to 55 to 60 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 75 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New snow accumulation of 7 to 11 inches possible.
 
Saturday 2/31  Snow. The snow could be heavy at times. High near 7. Strong and damaging winds, with a southwest wind 65 to 70 mph, with gusts as high as 90 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow accumulation of 12 to 18 inches possible.
 
Saturday Night 2/31  Snow before 10pm, then snow showers likely between 10pm and 4am, then a chance of snow after 4am. The snow could be heavy at times. Some thunder is also possible. Low around 0. Strong and damaging winds. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of 6 to 10 inches possible.
 
Sunday 2/32  A 30 percent chance of snow showers, mainly before 10am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 8. Breezy. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.
 
Sunday Night 2/32  Mostly clear, with a low around -2. Breezy.
 
Monday 2/33  Mostly sunny, with a high near 11.
 
Monday Night 2/33  Partly cloudy, with a low around 2.
 
Tuesday 2/34  Mostly sunny, with a high near 12.
 
Tuesday Night 2/34  A slight chance of snow showers. Partly cloudy, with a low around 3.
 
Wednesday 2/35  A chance of snow showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 10.


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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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