The best times to visit Great Basin for ideal weather are
May 28th to October 7th
based on average temperature and humidity from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Read below for more weather and travel details.
Great Basin Travel Guide
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Weather in Great Basin
Average temperatures in Great Basin vary an incredible amount. Considering humidity, temperatures feel cold for about half of the year and otherwise nice with a very low chance of rain or snow throughout the year. The area is somewhat temperate — in the 42nd 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 Great Basin, the hottest months are July, August, and then June. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally mid July where highs are regularly around 94.8°F (34.9°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 53.8°F (12.1°C) at night.
Great Basin Temperatures (Fahrenheit)
Great Basin 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.
Great Basin Perceived Temperature (F)
Great Basin Perceived Temperature (C)
Average Great Basin 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 Great Basin are July, September, 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 late June. For example, on the week of June 25th there are no days of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in mid December with an average of 2 days of significant precipitation the week of December 17th.
When can you find snow in Great Basin? Weather stations report large amounts of snow likely to be deepest around February, especially close to early February. The best time to ski (if at all) in Great Basin is often around around January 15th 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 Great Basin.
Snow on the Ground
The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Great Basin (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
Great Basin has some humid months, with some very dry months. The least humid month is July (17.3% relative humidity), and the most humid month is January (62.2%).
Wind in Great Basin is usually calm. The windiest month is April, followed by May and June. April’s average wind speed of around 6 knots (6.9 MPH or 11.1 KPH) is considered “a light breeze.” Maximum sustained winds (the highest speed for the day lasting more than a few moments) are at their highest in late March where average top sustained speeds reach 17.9 knots, which is considered a fresh breeze.
Relative Humidity (%)
The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in Great Basin.
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||3.8||Barely noticeable||9.9||Gentle breeze|
|Feb||4.7||Light breeze||12.2||Significant breeze|
|Mar||5.5||Light breeze||15||Gentle breeze|
|Apr||6||Light breeze||16.3||Significant breeze|
|May||5.8||Light breeze||16.3||Gentle breeze|
|Jun||5.6||Light breeze||16||Significant breeze|
|Jul||5||Light breeze||15.5||Gentle breeze|
|Aug||4.7||Light breeze||14.3||Significant breeze|
|Sep||4.3||Light breeze||12.8||Gentle breeze|
|Oct||4.2||Light breeze||12||Significant breeze|
|Nov||4.2||Light breeze||11||Gentle breeze|
|Dec||4.3||Light breeze||11.5||Significant breeze|
Show Relative Humidity by Month
|Month||Avg. Relative Humidity|
Is it Safe to Travel to Great Basin?
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 Great Basin, the United States is May, followed by June and April. 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 Great Basin in December. 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 Great Basin Travel Experience by Season
Spring (March through May)
Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel moderately cold. Highs range from 77.3°F (25.2°C) and 47°F (8.3°C) with warmer temperatures in the later months. Rain is rare with roughly 3 days of significant precipitation per month. Spring is the 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 very comfortable weather with high temperatures that are quite warm. These months see the least precipitation with 1 to 2 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the second busiest season for tourism in Great Basin, so lodging and other accommodations may cost slightly more.
Fall (September through November)
Fall daily highs range from 86°F (30°C) and 45.5°F (7.5°C), which will feel chilly given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a normal amount: 1 to 3 days per month. Tourism is fairly slow during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be lower priced.
Winter (December through February)
Weather is far too cold this time of year in Great Basin to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 47.7°F (8.7°C) and 33.5°F (0.8°C). On average, it rains or snows a smalll amount: 3 to 4 times per month. These times of year are the slowest with tourists.