Anytime is a Good Time!
Adventure doesn't wait, but there is always an adventure to be found here!
When you visit is really dependent upon what you want to do while you are in Alaska. Our summer season runs May 10 to September 15 with average temperatures in the 60’s to low 70’s, 16–20 hrs of daylight, leaves and flowers in bloom, rushing rivers, and the best wildlife viewing. Peak season is June to August. By June the weather is as warm as it is going to get, and as the summer goes on the weather tends to get wetter.
There are four factors to consider: Temperature, Rain, Daylight, and Bugs. Here is a fun resource that compares your home weather with weather in Alaska (use Anchorage, King Salmon, or Kodiak for comparison to LPB villages)
This video explains weather in Alaska well.
Daytime highs range 60°F - 80°F. Nighttime lows are refreshingly cool, dipping into the 40's - 50's. In May and September, expect temperatures to be 5°- 10° cooler. May is our driest month with a 25% chance of rain on any given day. It gets rainier as summer progresses, to a 50% chance in September.
Here is a fun resource that compares your home weather with weather in Alaska (use Anchorage, King Salmon, or Kodiak for comparison to LPB villages)
Gear is an important part of your visit to Alaska. Not only do you need to consider weather, but bugs, wildlife, travel delays, accessibility to supplies, and communication should all be part of your plans.
Alaskans love our long summer days. Imagine fishing at midnight, or hiking a mountain at 2 am? It's easy to see why this place is also know as the Land of the Midnight sun! Most of the complaints from Alaskans are about not having enough long days, but we do know the value of black-out blinds!
ABOUT THE BUGS...
The water makes everything green. The water is home to the fish we enjoy and the provides for the wildlife. Water is life. That same water is also the ideal breeding ground for bugs. Those bugs also feed the fish and the birds and contribute to our amazing ecosystem. But let's not kid ourselves, those bugs can also really bug a person!
In the northern villages (Lakes Area of Lake and Peninsula Borough) the bugs can be significant in June through September. The southern villages tend to get a good breeze from the ocean so they may have fewer insects. Mosquitos get the bad rap, but they aren't the only ones. White socks, no-see-ums, and biting flies can make for a long season of swatting bugs.
The bugs don't have to be a problem. Bugs don't like hot weather or wind, so seek out a windy knoll or a sunny spot. Alaskans say, "It isn't bad weather (or bugs), you just don't have the right gear." A head-net, a bug shirt, and keeping covered are the answers to bug woes.
Whatever the weather or conditions, be prepared. Educate yourself, plan ahead, and be aware.