In June the average amount of daylight is nineteen hours. While the sun briefly dips below the horizon, its glow illuminates the sky until it reappears a few hours later. This makes for long, beautiful evenings with plenty of light. About the time the leaves begin to turn their brilliant fall colors, we experience a rapid decrease in light. December has an average of five hours of daylight. With the passing of the winter solstice, the cycle begins again.
While most people expect Alaska to be cold, our summers have weather many dream of with an average high in the mid sixties, humidity around 50% and less than two inches of precipitation per month. Winter temperatures can be extreme, but The Kenai is one of the mildest winter climates in the state with average highs in the twenties and snowfall rarely accumulating more than four feet.
All of the incorporated communities on The Kenai have banking facilities available. First National Bank of Alaska, Wells Fargo Bank, Key Bank, Alaska USA Federal Credit Union, Credit Union One and more financial institutions may be found within the communities on the Kenai. ATM machines can be found in most grocery and convenience stores.
Currently three different companies offer cellular phone service; ACS, AT&T and GCI. Your phone ought to work well in most areas of The Kenai, possibly in roaming mode. Check with your provider for rates.
One of the most predictable aspects of Alaska is that the weather is unpredictable. It is not uncommon to have temperature shifts of 10 to 20 degrees within a day. During the spring, summer, and fall, dressing in layers is the key to being comfortable. A light shirt, short or long sleeved, makes an excellent first layer. Over that, something for warmth like a sweatshirt, wool sweater or fleece pullover. The ideal outer layer is light waterproof jacket. Layers should be lightweight and easy to remove depending on weather changes or your activity. Don't forget shorts or sleeveless shirts for those warm days! Comfortable footwear is a must, and if you plan to be out on the beach or hiking in the woods, waterproof boots are the best choice.
Traveling through Canada:
Local visitor information centers can be found in the communities of Anchor Point, Cooper Landing, Homer, Kenai, Seward, and Soldotna.
| You may carry firearms for protection or hunting in Alaska.
Airline passengers must declare their firearms and check them as baggage.
Unloaded rifles may be mailed to Alaska, if sent to a federal firearm licensee (check with the U.S. Postal Service for shipping requirements). Mailing handguns or ammunition is prohibited.
For further information contact the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, or call (907) 271-5701.
Central Peninsula Hospital
Providence Seward Medical Center
South Peninsula Hospital
|All Major U.S. holidays are observed on The Kenai, as well as, Seward's Day on the last Monday in March, and Alaska Day on October 18.|
UPS, Federal Express, and the US Postal Service all provide rapid parcel delivery service into and out most Kenai Peninsula communities. Fish processing stores are abundant and will process, freeze and ship your fish for you on the date you specify.
The tides of Cook Inlet have the second greatest tidal range in the world, with a maximum range approaching forty feet. While these tides are impressive to watch they can also be very dangerous. They boast powerful currents, some as fast as 20 miles per hour, and they come in very fast. The tidal flats are usually composed of gray clay that acts as a binding quicksand. DO NOT WALK OUT ONTO TIDAL FLATS IT IS EXTREMELY DANGEROUS.
A state the size of Alaska needs it own time zone, called Alaska Time. We are one hour behind the Pacific Time Zone and four hours behind the East Coast Time Zone. When it is 12 noon in New York, then it is 8:00 am on The Kenai.
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