• Nine men pose with gear at the Alaska-British Columbia border in the snow

    Klondike Gold Rush

    National Historical Park Alaska

Weather

Three people stand on a rocky area in the fog next to a metal tower

Researchers install a weather station on the Chilkoot Pass Summit.

NPS photo

Talk of the weather has been a hot topic of discussion in Skagway, AK since the Klondike Gold Rush in 1897-98. The weather was one of the many struggles that stampeders contended with on their epic journey to the Klondike Gold fields. People were so intrigued by the weather that they began to regularly record weather observations. These early recordings led to a long standing data set that spans more than 100 years. These observations have proven to be helpful to researchers who are currently studying the weather, climate, and global climate change.

The Southeast Alaska Inventory and Monitoring Network (SEAN) is collecting weather and climate data in an effort to continue this long term data set. Here at Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park (NHP) the program has placed a weather station on the Chilkoot Summit. This station, due to harsh winter weather, is active in the summer months only, However, SEAN collaborates with several organizations to collect weather information in other representative locations in Skagway, Dyea, and White Pass during the winter months. Plans are being made to install weather stations in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve as well.

For more information visit the SEAN Weather and Climate web page

or Download the one page PDF SEAN Weather and Climate Resource Brief

Did You Know?

Historic photo of a steamship surrounded by a crowd at the docks in Seattle

Over 100,000 people started off for the Klondike gold fields, but less than 30,000 actually made it to the gold fields in Dawson City, Yukon Territory. The difficulties of the Chilkoot and White Pass trails forced many to turn back. More...