North Idaho is famous for her weather. Making it
simple, we have (4) seasons that are fully legitimate, fall
FEELS like fall, spring FEELS like spring. Heres how
they break down:
for us starts sometime in June, at that time, we get what
is called a Pacific High that sets up over
our area, and keeps us in sunshine until sometime in October.
Temp wise, summer will be lows in the high 50s to
low 60s at night, daytime from 75-90, typically.
Best thing is that humidity wise, its low, 15-25%,
so you dont sweat much.
Fall here is superb; my personal favorite. We have long
indian summers most every year, the first times I ever
remember it being cold are at Halloween, and even then
its not cold every year at Halloween. Well
start getting rains sometime in the end of October, typically,
and in a normal year you wont see snow on the ground,
snow that can stay because its cold enough to get
it TO stay, until mid December. The Ski Resorts here are
all at 5-6,000 feet in elevation, so theyre a lot
higher than any houses are. They all dream about opening
for Thanksgiving, and I think Ive seen them open
at Thanksgiving once in 16 years.
really starts in mid December, we typically get a single
cold snap between mid December & New Years Day. Typical
temps are nighttime lows of 26-29 degrees, and 33-39 degrees
in daytime. We get our water in the form of rains &
snows from late October to sometime in May. If you come
from a place where its sunny all the time, you may
not like it here, as we do have clouds & weather,
but its mixed with brilliantly sunny days, so its
a wash, to me. (I also like sitting in front of a warm
wood stove on a cold windy day, Im weird that way).
Spring starts to break sometime in February, mid to end
of month. Thats when, to me, you can feel it, the
creeks start rising, days start getting a lot longer,
things in town start to show some green colors. Its
not like spring has sprung, but for me, I
know its right there, and I can sense it.
Area wise, here, most all of the homes are within 1,000
feet of the valley floors, for good reason. Above that
the snows are just too deep in most places. Bonners Ferry,
to the North of Sandpoint, is WARMER than Sandpoint, the
coldest area of North Idaho, to me, is NE of Sandpoint.
Snowiest area is north of Priest River, on Hwy 57.
Elevations are 2100 or so at the valley floor in Coeur
d'Alene, and just under 2,000 feet in Bonners Ferry.
We have no tornadoes, forest fires, hurricanes, tsunamis,
or earthquakes. :-)
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