Weather in the Foothills

“It will be celebrated with pomp and parade, bonfires and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other.” – John Adams

What’s the weather like in the USA on the 4th of July or, let’s just say, during the summer? Compared to other countries we are all over the map! Our country’s weather on one certain day can never be described in a few words. In comparison, other countries around the world seem simple and likely typical. Spain is warm and sunny. India is wet and humid.  England is cool and foggy. Mexico is hot and dry. The list goes on and on. Here in the U.S., due to size and varied climatic zones, there is no single word that can best describe typical American weather.

Starting on the first day of summer, heavy snow stacked up in southwest Colorado. Closer to home, there is so much snow in the Eastern Sierra that many campgrounds are inaccessible and remain closed. Also, within the same area, Mammoth Mountain ski area will remain open for skiing and snowboarding at least until today and conceivably into August. 

Mammoth Mountain ski area announced it will be staging a fireworks show from the top of Mammoth Mountain. At an elevation of 11,059 ft., the display is the highest fireworks show in the U.S.

In contrast Anchorage, Alaska is poised to reach its hottest temperature ever recorded. To the south, on the Kenai Peninsula, fires set by lightning storms continue to burn. In Washington, D.C. the threat of thunderstorms and sweltering temperatures loom over President Donald Trump’s 4th of July celebration, but our country’s 243rd birthday will take place – rain or shine.

Tonight’s firework forecast for LA County according to NWS (fingers crossed): Low clouds will again move into most coasts and valleys on the evening of the 4th of July not showing much in the way of rapid inland penetration by the marine layer stratus (fog) so areas away from the beaches should remain clear through at least mid-evening.”

Over the next week, temperatures are expected to climb, reaching well into the 90s by Friday. No lingering effects of spring remain unless you head to the Eastern Sierra.

Happy Birthday, America!


Sue Kilpatrick is a Crescenta Valley
resident and  Official Skywarn
Spotter for the National Weather Service. Reach her at