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

34°
Feels like: 34°F

Clear

Satellite Cloud Coverage


Wind Calm
Humidity: 70%     Visibility: 10.0 miles
Sunrise: 6:59     Sunset: 16:27
Lunar illumination: 100%
Barometric pressure: 30.44 inches (rising)

 Monday

Clear
Mainly clear. Lows overnight in the upper teens.

 Monday Night

Clear
Mainly clear. Low 17F. Winds SSE at 5 to 10 mph.

Hourly Forecast

Mon
8 PM

26°
Clear

Mon
10 PM

23°
Clear

Tue
12 AM

23°
Clear

Tue
2 AM

21°
Clear

Tue
4 AM

20°
Clear

Tue
6 AM

18°
Clear

Tue
8 AM

23°
Clear

Tue
10 AM

37°
Clear

Tue
12 PM

45°
Clear

Tue
2 PM

48°
Clear

Tue
4 PM

44°
Partly
Cloudy



7-Day Forecast

Tuesday, January 2

Daytime - Clear

Overnight - Partly Cloudy


Sunny, along with a few afternoon clouds. High near 50F. Winds E at 5 to 10 mph.


Partly cloudy skies during the evening will give way to cloudy skies overnight. Low 16F. Winds SSE at 5 to 10 mph.


Wednesday, January 3

Daytime - Partly Cloudy

Overnight - Partly Cloudy


Considerable clouds early. Some decrease in clouds later in the day. High 54F. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph.


Partly cloudy. Low 23F. Winds S at 10 to 15 mph.


Thursday, January 4

Daytime - Clear

Overnight - Partly Cloudy


Mostly sunny skies. High 54F. Winds SSW at 10 to 15 mph.


A few clouds. Low near 25F. Winds S at 10 to 15 mph.


Friday, January 5

Daytime - Partly Cloudy

Overnight - Cloudy


Sunshine and clouds mixed. High 53F. Winds S at 10 to 15 mph.


Cloudy. Low 26F. Winds S at 10 to 15 mph.


Saturday, January 6

Daytime - Mostly Cloudy

Overnight - Partly Cloudy


A mix of clouds and sun in the morning followed by cloudy skies during the afternoon. High 49F. Winds SW at 10 to 20 mph.


A few clouds from time to time. Low 23F. Winds SSW at 10 to 15 mph.


Sunday, January 7

Daytime - Partly Cloudy

Overnight - Clear


Sunshine and clouds mixed. High 47F. SSW winds shifting to WNW at 10 to 15 mph.


Mainly clear skies. Low 23F. Winds SSE at 5 to 10 mph.


Monday, January 8

Daytime - Partly Cloudy

Overnight - Partly Cloudy


Partly cloudy. High 51F. Winds S at 5 to 10 mph.


A few clouds from time to time. Low around 25F. Winds SSE at 10 to 15 mph.


Updated on Monday, 1-January 7:45 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]