Weather is a central concern to those planning to visit Cape Krusenstern National Monument at any time of year. Summer temperatures on the coast are usually in the mid 50°'s F, with mid 60’s to 70° F for highs. Some days in July may reach 80° F. Average January lows are 5°F with possible lows of -50°F. Annual averages are not always good guidelines, however. In summer, visitors can experience snow, near freezing temperatures, and long periods of clouds, wind, and rain. For backcountry hiking and camping, wear plenty of warm clothing, dress in layers, and use rain gear. Wear sturdy hiking boots and waders for wet terrain.
Did You Know?
The Chukchi Sea is ice-covered from November until May. Ice formation begins in October, with the ice edge from the permanent polar ice pack extending progressively southward until late March. The northward retreat of the ice edge begins in April and continues until late September.