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What type of weather can we expect arount Nov. 21?

by blueswade Online Now Oct 2, 2011 at 7:45 PM

What type of weather can be expected around November 21st on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon? Will it be cold?...How cold?...Is snow a definite possibility?
Is the view of the canyon clear during this time of year?

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    Re: What type of weather can we expect arount Nov. 21?

    by ranger49 Online Now Oct 2, 2011 at 11:36 PM

    If anyone were able to give you a definitive answer they would probably be quite rich!
    Take a look at the Guide -
    nps.gov/grca/parknews/upload...

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    Re: What type of weather can we expect arount Nov. 21?

    by goodfish Online Now Oct 3, 2011 at 3:18 AM

    Barbara is right that predicting the weather is an exercise in futility. Besides the resource she gave you, here's the page from the NPS GRand Canyon Park website that charts averages for each month, and gives you an audio of current conditions each day: a useful thing to have as you can start checking trends before you leave:

    nps.gov/grca/planyourvisit/w...

    Snow is a very real possibility but can't say it's a definite. So is cold but it could also be in the 50's during the day. Clarity of views depends on current drift of air pollutants from far-off cities and/or smoke from brush/forest fires but generally you shouldn't see more than a light haze; this is true of many national parks in the west.

    I would bring layered winter clothing, boots, hats and mittens! :)

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    Re: What type of weather can we expect arount Nov. 21?

    by bocmaxima Online Now Oct 3, 2011 at 7:42 AM

    Thanksgiving is traditionally the start of the snow season in Flagstaff, but that's certainly not to say that it won't snow before Thanksgiving. It did last year and it has in many years past. That said, the Grand Canyon is actually lower in elevation than Flagstaff and subject to different weather patterns. Additionally, it's those weather patters (mostly stuff coming in from the Pacific) that dictate whether or not it will snow, how cold it will be, and how clear the view of the bottom will be from the rim.

    So, yeah, impossible to predict. If I was planning on heading up there then, I would bring warm, layered clothing and gloves, and good shoes.

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