i will be in skagway, junea and ketchikan next may 11 to the 18th. can someone tell me, if they have experienced the weather at this time of year, if it was the rainy season then or just the normal sketchy weather pattern? i am thinking about tours and am wondering if i should book the saxman/totom village tour when i get off the ship. i dont want to lock into something and then have a bad tour because of the likely hood of rain.
i know it is very unpreditable there and there is no guarentees. but are there rainy months and drier months? thanks so much.
Alaska is considered a rain forest. Expect the unexpected. Ketchikan has the most rainfall.
We were in Alaska May 2003 and the weather was fantastic, but Ketchikan it did pour rain the whole time. All flight-seeing excursions were canceled.
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In last week of May, first week of June 2002, we only had one day of rain on drive back from denali to Anc. It was even dry in Ketchikan, misty in Sitka. But we did have grey skies and overcast most of the time except in anc and our last day in to Vanc. Weather mostly in the 60's. Blue sky was hard to find. I hope late Aug-early Sept are not going to be wetter this year!!!
We were there the first week in May, 2003 w/sunny skies the whole time, temps 50-60's. But everyone we talked to in Alaska commented about the GREAT WEATHER. So we figured it was the exception rather than the rule. As an above poster said, expect anything and you won't be disappointed.
I did an Alaskan Cruise in May 2000 and we didn't see a drop of rain the entire seven days - some friends cruised the year before 1999 and it rained most days and the following year 2001 it was a mix - so be prepared for almost anything weather wise - use one of the many internet weather sites and start checking the long range forecast about a month before departure this will give you some ideas of what it might be like.
One of the things about sailing early in the season other than better pricing is that many of the mountains still have there winter snows and if you get a nice sunny day that can provide a more dramatic bacdrop for your photos etc.
I am on my way for the fifth Alaska trip tomorrow!
I went once in May of 2001 and it was very cold most of our trip. We loved it ......cold is why we go to Alaska. Also more elderly and less kids in May. And planning the whole thing months in advance is a big part of the fun!