NSS 75th Anniversary Convention

Weather in the Great Basin

Spoiler: It's not as hot as you think!


Nevada enjoys several very distinct climatic zones. Visitors can experience a wide range of temperatures - from the cool alpine areas around Lake Tahoe to the extreme environments of the Mojave Desert in the south.

The region around Ely sits in the heart of the Great Basin Desert - but before that scares you away, let's talk about deserts... You might be surprised to know that Ely is only 35 miles from the nearest glacier!

Most of northern Nevada is considered a high desert. At 6,437 feet, Ely is almost 700 feet higher in elevation than Glenwood Springs, Colorado. Sure, we call it a desert, but the environment is defined more by the lack of rainfall than it is by temperature.

Ely's average daytime high in July is only 87°F. At night, it quickly cools down to about 48°F. The region's low humidity makes for some very nice summer days, but bring warm clothing for the evenings. You'll thank us later.

Nevada is the driest state in the United States. Most of the state falls in the rain shadow of the Sierra Nevada Range. On average, Ely's annual precipitation is just under 10 inches. At the 75th Anniversary Convention, you'll certainly notice our efforts to conserve water whenever possible. Water is a valued commodity out here.

Fire is also a significant concern. We know that cavers love campfires (and we'll have a few for you to enjoy!) But fires in our dry vegetation ignite quickly and spread rapidly. Irresponsible fires in the campground will make our security team very grumpy. Embers from your campfire can travel up to a quarter mile before dying out. Be careful! Got a carbide cannon? Leave it at home! Using it in Nevada will get you arrested.

On a lighter note, if you want to visit a glacier, just drive on over to Great Basin National Park and look at the base of Mount Wheeler!



Current conditions...


Ely, Nevada

Current Conditions

71°
Feels like: 71.4°F

Clear

Satellite Cloud Coverage


Wind Calm
Humidity: 17%     Visibility: 10.0 miles
Sunrise: 5:16     Sunset: 19:57
Lunar illumination: 15%
Barometric pressure: 30.02 inches (steady)

 Sunday

Clear
A few clouds. Lows overnight in the mid 30s.

 Sunday Night

Clear
Mostly clear. Low around 35F. Winds SSE at 5 to 10 mph.

Hourly Forecast

Sun
7 PM

70°
Clear

Sun
9 PM

58°
Clear

Sun
11 PM

49°
Clear

Mon
1 AM

44°
Clear

Mon
3 AM

39°
Clear

Mon
5 AM

36°
Clear

Mon
7 AM

45°
Clear

Mon
9 AM

61°
Clear

Mon
11 AM

69°
Clear

Mon
1 PM

73°
Clear

Mon
3 PM

76°
Clear



7-Day Forecast

Monday, May 29

Daytime - Clear

Overnight - Partly Cloudy


Sunny. High 77F. Winds ENE at 5 to 10 mph.


Partly cloudy skies. Low 39F. Winds SSE at 5 to 10 mph.


Tuesday, May 30

Daytime - Clear

Overnight - Partly Cloudy


Generally sunny despite a few afternoon clouds. High 82F. Winds SSE at 10 to 15 mph.


A few clouds. Low near 45F. Winds S at 10 to 15 mph.


Wednesday, May 31

Daytime - Partly Cloudy

Overnight - Partly Cloudy


Partly cloudy and windy. High around 80F. Winds S at 20 to 30 mph.


Partly cloudy skies. Low 44F. Winds SSW at 10 to 20 mph.


Thursday, June 1

Daytime - Clear

Overnight - Partly Cloudy


Sunny along with a few clouds. High 77F. Winds SSW at 10 to 20 mph.


Partly cloudy skies. Low 42F. Winds SW at 10 to 15 mph.


Friday, June 2

Daytime - Clear

Overnight - Clear


Sunny, along with a few afternoon clouds. High around 80F. Winds SW at 10 to 15 mph.


Mostly clear skies. Low 46F. Winds SSW at 10 to 15 mph.


Saturday, June 3

Daytime - Clear

Overnight - Partly Cloudy


Generally sunny despite a few afternoon clouds. High 82F. Winds S at 10 to 15 mph.


Partly cloudy. Low 47F. Winds S at 10 to 15 mph.


Sunday, June 4

Daytime - Partly Cloudy

Overnight - Partly Cloudy


Mostly cloudy skies early will become partly cloudy later in the day. High 81F. Winds S at 10 to 15 mph.


A few clouds. Low 46F. Winds S at 10 to 15 mph.


Updated on Sunday, 28-May 6:45 pm




Climate data for Ely Airport, Ely, Nevada, (1981–2010 normals, extremes 1893–present)

Month

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Year

Average high °F (°C)

39.5
(4.2)
42.5
(5.8)
50.2
(10.1)
57.8
(14.3)
67.8
(19.9)
79.0
(26.1)
87.6
(30.9)
85.3
(29.6)
75.8
(24.3)
62.5
(16.9)
48.6
(9.2)
39.5
(4.2)
61.3
(16.3)

Average low °F (°C)

11.2
(-11.6)
15.5
(-9.2)
22.4
(-5.3)
27.1
(-2.7)
33.6
(0.9)
40.9
(4.9)
48.1
(8.9)
47.0
(8.3)
37.8
(3.2)
28.0
(-2.2)
18.7
(-7.4)
11.0
(-11.7)
28.4
(-2)

Record high °F (°C)

68
(20)
67
(19)
76
(24)
83
(28)
95
(35)
99
(37)
101
(38)
97
(36)
93
(34)
86
(30)
78
(26)
68
(20)
101
(38)

Record low °F (°C)

-27
(-33)
-30
(-34)
-13
(-25)
-5
(-21)
7
(-14)
18
(-8)
28
(-2)
24
(-4)
15
(-9)
-3
(-19)
-20
(-29)
-29
(-34)
-30
(-34)

Average precipitation inches (mm)

0.70
(17.8)
0.75
(19)
0.93
(23.6)
0.95
(24.1)
1.10
(27.9)
0.67
(17)
0.64
(16.3)
0.90
(22.9)
0.83
(21.1)
1.00
(25.4)
0.70
(17.8)
0.59
(15)
9.76
(247.9)

Average snowfall inches (cm)

9.1
(23.1)
7.9
(20.1)
8.3
(21.1)
5.2
(13.2)
2.3
(5.8)
0.1
(0.3)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0.4
(1)
3.0
(7.6)
6.1
(15.5)
8.4
(21.3)
50.8
(129)

Avg. precipitation days (= 0.01 in)

6.9 7.2 7.6 7.9 7.3 4.8 5.3 5.9 4.9 5.4 5.7 6.3 75.2

Avg. snowy days (= 0.1 in)

6.0 5.8 5.9 4.1 1.7 0.2 0 0 0.2 1.7 4.4 5.7 35.7

Mean monthly sunshine hours

213.9 211.8 263.5 288.0 328.6 363.0 365.8 334.8 309.0 266.6 201.0 198.4 3,344.4
Source: NOAA,[11] HKO (sun only, 1961-1990),[12] Weather.com[13]