In 1897, when Abner Weed was looking for a location to grow his lumber industry, the town that now bears his name was an attractive prospect. Gentle evening winds flowing down from Mount Shasta provided a natural way for Abner to dry out his fresh-cut lumber. At one point in time, his was the largest lumber mill in the world! Daytime highs average about 80° F, but it can cool off to around 50°F at night. Rain is unlikely, but... this is a caver convention so you should plan for extremes!
Typically, the City of Weed enjoys a warm-summer Mediterranean climate. That means cool, wet winters (with occasional snow), and hot, dry summers. Located just 50 miles south of the California-Oregon border, the area can be classified as much more alpine than lowland. (Some of the buildings on the college campus don't even need air conditioning.) The climate will be dry, but quite pleasant.
Wildfire in the west is serious business. In 2014, the Boles Fire destroyed over 165 houses and businesses in Weed. It took a month and a response team of 453 firefighters from 13 different agencies to get the fire contained.
Unfortunately, that "dry" part is why we can't allow open fires in the campground - it's just too dangerous! Camp stoves are ok, as long as you're nearby to watch them. The entire town nearly burned to the ground a few years ago. Fire is something we take quiet seriously out here. The same holds true for carbide cannons, fireworks or other incindary devices - leave them at home! Using such devices in California will probably get you arrested.
By the time convention rolls around, it probably won't have rained in this area for weeks. We know that cavers love campfires, but fires in our dry vegetation ignite quickly and spread rapidly. Open flames in the campground will make our security team very grumpy. Embers from campfires can travel up to a quarter mile before dying out. Please take no chances!
Today's Weather: Mount Shasta, CA
- Updated: Wednesday, February 24 at 9:53 pm
- Reporting Station: Mount Shasta (KMHS)
- Elevation: 3,540 ft.
- GPS: 41.31494;-122.31702
- Data provided by: National Weather Service
Barometer: 30.43 in.
Visibility: 8.0 miles
This Afternoon: Sunny, with a high near 47. North northeast wind around 6 mph.
Tonight: Mostly clear. Low around 26, with temperatures rising to around 28 overnight. South wind 1 to 7 mph.