Intellicast's Climate Guide To Salt Lake City, Utah

Utah is composed of scenic mountains that rise to more than 10,000 feet, buttes, and plateaus, the highest reaching over 13,000 feet. The entire state captures the beauty of the Pacific Northwest. Salt Lake City is the capital city of Utah and sits amidst a backdrop of majestic mountains, founded by group of Mormon pioneers led by Brigham Young. It is also headquarters for the 10,000,000+ member Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Religious attractions include the Salt Lake Temple and the Salt Lake Tabernacle (home of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir).

Salt Lake City attracts the recreation-spirited person and the businessperson alike. Convention Centers include Salt Palace Convention Center and Gallivan Plaza. The city boasts three major shopping malls, and a train provides north-south service over a 15-mile route from downtown through the Salt Lake valley. The Salt Lake City International Airport is served by 11 airlines and is a major hub-city for Delta Air Lines.

The Great Salt Lake is one of the most popular attractions in this area. It covers over 2,000 square miles and is several times saltier than the ocean. It is located 16 miles west of Salt Lake City on I-80. Antelope Island, the largest island in the lake, is accessible by traveling north of Salt Lake City on I-15 to Exit 335 and west on state route 106/127 over the causeway to Antelope Island State Park.

As far a s snow is concerned, skiers relish with the fact that 500 inches of the lightest, driest, and fluffiest snow found anywhere in the world falls at the ski resorts in Utah. 11 of Utah's 14 resorts are all located within a one-hour drive of Salt Lake City!

SEASONAL SUMMARY

Salt Lake City has a semi-arid, continental climate with four distinct seasons.

WINTER
Winters are relatively cloudy and snowy and moderately cold but usually not severely so. The Rockies to the east act as a barrier to many of the arctic air masses that drop into the center of the nation in the winter. When cold arctic air spills into the Basin in winter, it may get trapped resulting in relatively long spells of cold and cloudy days and often, with strong low-level inversions, poor air quality in the valley areas

Snows come from Pacific storms and fronts. While these storms may drop a half to foot of snow in Salt Lake City, snowfall is usually measured in feet in the higher elevations to the east.

The Great Salt Lake does not freeze in winter because of its high salt content. This water body also tends to moderate the temperatures when winds blow from the west and northwest.

February, the month when the Winter Olympics of 2002 is scheduled, is past the coldest part of winter. Average lows in Salt Lake City are in the mid 20s and average highs in the mid 40s. It has been as warm as 69°F in February and as cold as -14°F. On average, less than 4 days in a typical February stay below freezing all day and less than 1 day drops below 0°F. Snowfall in Salt Lake City averages 10 inches of snow in February. The average snowdepth is 2 inches and the maximum depth is 17 inches.

At the venue at Park City, the average lows are in the mid teens and highs in the mid 30s.Temperatures have been as warm as 57°F and as cold as -20°F. On average about 7 days stay below freezing all day and 2 drop below 0°F. At Park City, the average February snowfall is 18 inches, the average snowdepth is 18 inches and the maximum depth is 48 inches.

Sunshine is at the annual minimum in December with 44% of the possible sunshine and slowly improves to 64% by March.

SPRING
Spring is usually the wettest season as storms from the Pacific are most frequent then. Wet snow may accompany these storms in April and even into May especially over the mountains. Despite the wet storms, the percentage of possible sunshine increases to 66% in April and 73% in May.

SUMMER
Salt Lake City experiences on average about 84% of the possible sunshine in the summer months. Summers are usually warm to hot and dry. Thunderstorms develop in the heat of the afternoon on about a quarter of the days, but the actual precipitation tends to be light, except in the mountains. The wettest summers occur when the southwest monsoon is strongest and farthest west.

FALL
The dry weather of summer often continues into the early fall. On occasion however, a strong Pacific trough can bring early season snowfall to the valley as well as the mountains. Salt Lake City has had 4 inches of snow in September and been as cold as 27°F. Warmer temperatures usually return quickly. On the other extreme, it has been as hot as 96°F in September. Though early falls can be very fickle, most years by November, the clouds and chill of winter is already usually in place.

Of course, the region is very popular with skiers since the ski season lasts from November to April. If you are not a skier or winter sports enthusiast, a visit to Salt Lake City in the summer or early fall will get you to this beautiful location during the sunniest, driest time of year.

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Average
MaxT°F
37 44 52 62 72 83 92 90 80 66 50 39 64
Extreme
High
62 69 78 86 95 104 107 106 100 89 75 69 107
Average
Min T°F
20 25 32 38 46 54 63 61 51 40 30 22 40
Extreme
Low
-22 -14 2 15 25 35 40 37 27 16 -14 -15 -22
Average
Precip
(in)
1.38 1.30 1.77 2.06 1.82 0.91 0.73 0.82 1.08 1.33 1.32 1.32 15.83
Average
Snowfall (in)
14.4 10.4 9.8 5.8 0.8 0 0 0 0.1 1.6 6.9 12.9 62.6
Percent
Sunshine
47 55 64 66 73 78 84 83 84 73 54 44 70

PARK CITY, UTAH

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Average
MaxT°F
33 37 43 55 63 75 82 80 71 60 43 33 56
Extreme
High
56 57 66 74 87 92 93 90 89 80 65 55 93
Average
Min T°F
12 17 22 31 36 44 50 50 41 32 21 13 31
Extreme
Low
-20 -20 -6 7 19 25 33 34 20 14 -11 -30 -30
Average
Precip (in)
2.76 1.59 2.13 1.19 1.64 1.13 1.85 1.60 1.76 1.48 1.68 2.65 21.44
Average
Snowfall (in)
30.8 18.4 19.0 9.0 2.6 0.3 0 0 1.1 4.0 23.2 29.5 138.1
Advertisements
At Last! Intellicast now available for iPhone and Android