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Climate of Crater Lake National Park

The old saying among weather forecasters is that "Climate is what you expect; weather is what you get." Looking out your window will tell you what the weather is and watching the weather over a long period of time (weeks, months, years, decades) and keeping track of data will tell you what the climate is.

The climate of Crater Lake National Park is characterized by cool summers and moist winters with heavy snowfall. The park lies astride the backbone of the Cascade Mountains near the southern extremity of their higher elevations with the general topography dropping 1,000 to 1,500 feet a short distance to the south. The crest of the mountains acts as a barrier to the prevailing frontal systems which approach the area from the North Pacific Coast.



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