The best times to visit Chiniak for ideal weather are
July 2nd to September 2nd
based on average temperature and humidity from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Read below for more weather and travel details.
Chiniak Travel Guide
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Weather in Chiniak
Average temperatures in Chiniak vary greatly. Considering humidity, temperatures feel cold for most of the year with a chance of rain or snow throughout most of the year. The area is far less temperate than some — in the 5th percentile for pleasant weather — compared to tourist destinations worldwide. Weeks with ideal weather are listed above. If you’re looking for the very warmest time to visit Chiniak, the hottest months are August, July, and then June. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally mid July where highs are regularly around 64.7°F (18.2°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 49.3°F (9.6°C) at night.
Chiniak Temperatures (Fahrenheit)
Chiniak Temperatures (Celsius)
The way we experience weather isn’t all about temperature. Higher temperatures affect us much more at higher humidity, and colder temperatures feel piercing with high winds. Our perceived temperatures factor in humidity and wind chill to better represent how hot or cold the day feels to a person.
Chiniak Perceived Temperature (F)
Chiniak Perceived Temperature (C)
Average Chiniak Temperatures by Month
Daily highs (averaged for the month) usually give the best indication of the weather. A significantly lower mean and low generally just means it gets colder at night.
|Month||Avg. High (°F)||Avg. Mean (°F)||Avg. Low (°F)|
|Month||Avg. High (°C)||Avg. Mean (°C)||Avg. Low (°C)|
Precipitation (Rain or Snow)
If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in Chiniak are July, June, and then August. Note that we define “significant precipitation” as .1 inches or more in this section. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around early to mid July. For example, on the week of July 9th there is 1 day of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in mid January with an average of 4 days of significant precipitation the week of January 15th.
When can you find snow in Chiniak? Weather stations report very large amounts of snow likely to be deepest around January, especially close to early to mid April. The best time to ski (if at all) in Chiniak is often around around December 17th when fresh powder is deepest. Please note that a value of 0 for snow in the graph below may either mean there was no snow, or that snow is unreported.
Chance of Precipitation
The graph below shows the % chance of rainy and snowy days in Chiniak.
Snow on the Ground
The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Chiniak (in).
Average Rain and Snow by Month
|Month||Daily Chance of Rain||Average Snow Depth (in)||Total Precipitation (in)|
|Month||Daily Chance of Rain||Average Snow Depth (cm)||Total Precipitation (cm)|
Humidity and Wind
Chiniak has some very humid months, and above average humidity throughout the year. The least humid month is March (62.3% relative humidity), and the most humid month is July (74.7%).
Wind in Chiniak is usually moderate. The windiest month is December, followed by March and February. December’s average wind speed of around 10 knots (11.5 MPH or 18.5 KPH) is considered “a gentle breeze.” Maximum sustained winds (the highest speed for the day lasting more than a few moments) are at their highest in late December where average top sustained speeds reach 21.9 knots, which is considered a fresh breeze.
Relative Humidity (%)
The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in Chiniak.
The graph below shows wind speed (max and average) in knots.
Average Wind Speeds
Show Wind Speeds
All wind speeds are in knots. 1 knot = 1.15 MPH or 1.85 KPH.
|Month||Avg. Wind||Avg. Wind Feel||Sustained High Wind||High Wind Feel|
|Jan||9.6||Gentle breeze||18.7||Strong breeze|
|Feb||9.8||Gentle breeze||19.1||Strong breeze|
|Mar||9.8||Gentle breeze||18.1||Strong breeze|
|Apr||9.4||Gentle breeze||16.7||Significant breeze|
|May||8.3||Gentle breeze||14.5||Strong breeze|
|Jun||6.8||Light breeze||12.6||Significant breeze|
|Jul||5.9||Light breeze||11.7||Strong breeze|
|Aug||6.4||Light breeze||12.8||Significant breeze|
|Sep||7.5||Gentle breeze||15.1||Strong breeze|
|Oct||8.2||Gentle breeze||16.2||Significant breeze|
|Nov||9.6||Gentle breeze||18.7||Strong breeze|
|Dec||10||Gentle breeze||19.4||Strong breeze|
Show Relative Humidity by Month
|Month||Avg. Relative Humidity|
Is it Safe to Travel to Chiniak?
Our best data indicates this area is generally safe. As of Oct 07, 2019 there are no travel advisories or warnings for the United States; exercise normal security precautions. Check this page for any recent changes or regions to avoid: Travel Advice and Advisories. This advisory was last updated on Sep 23, 2019.
The Busiest and Least Crowded Months
The busiest month for tourism in Chiniak, AK, US is July, followed by August and June. Prices for hotels and flights will be most expensive during these months, though you can save if you purchase well in advance. Tourists are unlikely to visit Chiniak in November. Those willing to visit at these times will likely find it the least expensive month.
Estimated Tourism by Month
Most Popular Months to Visit
Overall Chiniak Travel Experience by Season
Spring (March through May)
Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel moderately cold. Highs range from 54°F (12.2°C) and 34.7°F (1.5°C) with warmer temperatures in the later months. Rain is very common with roughly 11 days of significant precipitation per month. Spring is the second busiest for tourism, which makes it a good time for those looking for things to do.
Summer (June through August)
The middle-year months have cold weather with high temperatures that are brisk. These months see the least precipitation with 8 to 9 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the busiest season for tourism in Chiniak, so lodging and other accommodations may cost more than usual.
Fall (September through November)
Fall daily highs range from 60.2°F (15.7°C) and 39.4°F (4.1°C), which will feel chilly given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a good amount: 10 to 12 days per month. Tourism is the slowest during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be affordably priced.
Winter (December through February)
Weather is far too cold this time of year in Chiniak to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 40.3°F (4.6°C) and 34.4°F (1.3°C). On average, it rains or snows a great amount: 12 to 14 times per month. These times of year are fairly slow with tourists.