Windy Weather Expected For TODAY’s 45th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage, 2014 Manzanar At Dusk

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The National Weather Service forecast for the 45th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage on Saturday, April 26, 2014 calls for a 20 percent chance of showers before 11:00 AM, with partly sunny skies and a high temperature near 58. Northwest winds from 9 to 14 miles per hour (MPH) are also expected, becoming north-northeast in the afternoon with gusts as high as 21 MPH.

For the 2014 Manzanar At Dusk program, which begins at 5:00 PM on Saturday at Lone Pine High School, those planning to attend should be prepared for cool weather. Skies will be partly cloudy, with the low temperature near 42 degrees. 7-10 MPH winds will be out of the east-northeast, shifting to coming out of the west.

Should conditions warrant, small group discussions during the Manzanar At Dusk program will be moved into the gymnasium and auditorium.

Please note that the forecast information above was current as of 1:08 AM PDT on April 26, and is likely to change.

Also as of 1:08 AM PDT on April 26, a high wind advisory for high-profile vehicles was in effect for U.S. Highway 395, from the San Bernadino/Kern County line, all the way north to the Nevada State Line.

Those attending today’s Manzanar Pilgrimage and/or the 2014 Manzanar At Dusk events should keep a close eye on the wind conditions along your route. On Friday, during the Manzanar Committee’s drive north on U.S. 395 into Lone PIne (just south of Manzanar National Historic SIte), three semi-truck-trailers were seen overturned between Pearsonville and Lone Pine. Also, U.S. 395 was closed to high-profile vehicles between Lone Pine and the California 14/U.S. 395 junction for a few hours in the late afternoon/early evening due to the high winds.

If you are planning to attend the 45th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage, PLEASE DRIVE SAFELY! 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.

As such, the Manzanar Committee advises all Pilgrimage attendees to be prepared for all kinds of weather, warm, cold, rainy, windy or snowy. Dressing in layers is recommended and always have a hat, sunscreen lotion (even in cool weather) and lip balm, as there is little to no cover at the Manzanar cemetery (where the Pilgrimage is held), and the air in the desert of the Owens Valley is very dry. Staying hydrated is also a must! Drink lots of water (drinking water will be provided at the Pilgrimage free of charge, thanks to the generosity of Crystal Geyser).

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

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One Response to Windy Weather Expected For TODAY’s 45th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage, 2014 Manzanar At Dusk

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