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May 8, 2013
Hi everyone,

So i am going to Yosemite soon and have been looking at the weather forecast. Should we be concerned when it lists 5-7% chance of rain? Also, if it is raining in the valley, what options are there for climbing outside elsewhere that is close?
mac gilbert
Joined May 29, 2011
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May 8, 2013
A 5-7% chance of rain is nothing to worry about. I wouldn't change my plans with that low of a percentage. FrankPS
From Atascadero, CA
Joined Nov 19, 2009
129 points
May 8, 2013
Big Boulder, just a bit downhill from Temple of Ka...
That is like a 95 to 93% forcast for SUN...

Bail, and go hit ToullHouse
Guy Keesee
From Moorpark, CA
Joined Mar 1, 2008
189 points
May 8, 2013
Gotham Wall Owens
My rule of thumb:
-10% good to go
-20% check every hour but still plan on your climb
-30% it's gonna rain and I have a fear of lightning
Brian Biancardi
From Oakland
Joined Mar 22, 2013
10 points
May 8, 2013
First day of school
Tollhouse is the perfect place to go in a few weeks if you want to get sunburned , dehydrated , and possibly bit by a rattlesnake.

I'd pack it up and go to the Needles.
vincent L.
From Redwood City
Joined Jan 1, 2005
617 points
May 8, 2013
Thunderbolt Peak in the Palisades
Aren't the needles and shuteye ridge for that matter apart of the same weather pattern in the western sierra? I would assume the entire range would get similar rain during a system coming through.

Some other areas to consider:
Lover's Leap (Tahoe area)
Kern River (small crags here, maybe not the quality you're looking for.)
LA Area has a lot.
randy88fj62
Joined May 28, 2010
67 points
May 9, 2013
Birds and Beards
Grotto, goldwall and Jailhouse are nearby. kevin deweese
From Oakland, Ca
Joined Jan 14, 2007
264 points
May 9, 2013
Staying Warm on South Face of Washington Column
Brian Biancardi wrote:
My rule of thumb: -10% good to go -20% check every hour but still plan on your climb -30% it's gonna rain and I have a fear of lightning


Agree. I'll add that if the rain is thunderstorm related, then I'll go even if its 30-50% because the rain is usually short and predictable. Most thunderstorms come in the afternoon and are out by the evening, leaving a full morning/early afternoon of climbing and dry nights. Also, its even less likely that the thunderstorms penetrate past El Cap (the mouth of the Valley may stay dry).

Lightening isn't really an issue in the Valley like it is in the Meadows (cause you're not usually topping out on things)
aaron hope
From Walnut Creek, CA
Joined Nov 15, 2009
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