• Devils Postpile Formation

    Devils Postpile

    National Monument California

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    The road to Devils Postpile has been closed for the season. This will be updated as soon as a 2014 opening date has been announced.

Weather

Devils Postpile National Monument is located at 7,560 feet above sea level just west of the Sierra Nevada crest. As such, it experiences typical Sierran summer weather.

Afternoon thunderstorms are possible in July and August. Daytime temperatures can range from the mid-70s to to mid-80s (degrees fahrenheit). Evening temperatures can drop into the low 40s (and even the low 30s in the months of September and October).
 
Frank Gehrke of the California Department of Water Resources Snow Surveys program puts the finishing touches on the Monument's new meteorological station.
In the fall of 2005, Scripps Institute of Oceanography, California Department of Water Resources, and the National Park Service cooperatively worked to install a new meteorologic (met) station in Soda Springs Meadow.  The station will provide important data for climate research and the management of California's water resources.
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SODA SPRINGS METEOROLOGICAL STATION

The meteorologic (met) station measures ambient air temperature, barometric pressure, relative humidity, surface radiation, wind speed, wind direction, and precipitation. In addition, it is equipped with snow pillows- instruments that can detect the amount of water content in the snow pack.

Data from the Soda Springs weather station is uploaded daily and can be viewed year-round in graph format by visiting Scripps' website. For more weather information, visit the California Department of Water Resources Website for Devils Postpile. This will lead you to daily readings from the monument's meteorological station.


Did You Know?

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The Devils Postpile that you see today is only a fraction of the size the original lava flow formation that filled this valley. Natural processes, especially glaciers, have eroded the rest.