Mild, But Windy Weather Expected For 42nd Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage (UPDATED)

Photo: Gann Matsuda

The Owens Valley, in the vicinity of the Manzanar National Historic Site, has mostly fair skies, a temperature of 46 degrees, and fairly gusty winds out of the north-northwest as of 9:50 PM PDT on Friday, April 29. Low temperatures are expected to dip to 35 degrees.

The National Weather Service forecast for the 42nd Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage on Saturday, April 30, calls for sunny skies with a high near 63 degrees, with winds out of the north between 9-16 MPH, and gusts up to 22 MPH.

Low temperatures on Saturday night are forecast to drop to around 36 degrees on Saturday night, with winds out of the north between 8-10 MPH.

Please note that the forecast information above was current as of this writing, but is very likely to change.

Despite the what the weather forecast says, DO NOT make the mistake of being unprepared for bad weather! Be advised that the weather in the Owens Valley/Eastern Sierra can be highly unpredictable. It can be bright and sunny with clear, blue skies and comfortable temperatures and then, ten minutes later, storm clouds will darken the sky and drop heavy rain or even snow. High winds are always a threat and we have seen temperatures in the 90’s a bit more in recent years.

As such, the Manzanar Committee advises all Pilgrimage attendees to be prepared for all kinds of weather, hot, cold, rainy, windy or snowy. Dressing in layers is recommended and always have a hat, sunscreen lotion and lip balm, as there is no cover at the Manzanar cemetery (where the Pilgrimage is held) and the air in the desert of the Owens Valley is rather dry.

Those planning to attend the Manzanar At Dusk program, which begins at 5:00 PM that evening, should be prepared for cool weather, as some of the small group discussions will be held in the outdoor courtyard at Lone Pine High School.

Click here to get the latest forecast for the region from the National Weather Service here: NWS Forecast: 11 Miles NNW Lone Pine CA.

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2 Responses to Mild, But Windy Weather Expected For 42nd Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage (UPDATED)

  1. Tadashi Kishi says:

    I read your posting about the Manzanar Pilgrimage but I didn’t see Bruce Embrey mentioned anywhere. Is he still active on the annual pilgrimage? Last year I donated a 100 books of “Ringo-en” about my years at Manzanar in care of Bruce. I hope my story is still relevant. Good luck to the annual event.

    • Gann Matsuda says:

      Yes, Bruce is still our co-chair, and yes, your story remains relevant. Can’t see that changing anytime soon! Thank you for donating all those books!

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