“Caldera Climate” at Crater Lake National Park

Chuck Gardner

Veneta, United States

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If you look to at the right hand corner of this picture you will see a sign titled “Caldera Climate” that gives you information about what you are looking at when drive this part of the scenic Rim Drive around Crater Lake National Park. The left hand side of it reads as fallows;
“You have reached the highest elevation on Rim Drive – 7865 feet (3397 m). Here at Cloudcap Overlook you have an almost aerial view of the steep-sided caldera of the fallen Mt. Mazama and the lake it holds.
You are now looking west the direction from which winter storm approach the caldera. Each year they blanket the park with an average of more than 500 inches(1270 cm) of snow. However , the lake rarely freezes over.
During the short summer, rainfall in the park is minimal. Clouds give us most of their moisture on the western slopes of the caldera; the eastern slopes on this side are noticeably drier. Summer temperatures in the park are moderate, with highs seldom exceeding 85°F (29°C). At these high elevations, temperatures drop below freezing nearly every night of the year.”
The rest of the sign shows you, the key land marks around the rim, a picture showing you the depth of the snow in the winter months. Also about the whitebark pines on the slops and a 35ft. tree trunk known as “The Old Man of the Lake” that since 1929 and probably longer that has been voyaging around Crater Lake propelled by the wind and currents.
This picture was taken on a guided tour around Crater Lake National Park in the state of Oregon on September 9, 2009 with a Canon SX10 IS. Shot In Panoramic (Stitch Assist) Mode. Used Canon PhotoStitch software.

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