SEASONAL SENSE

By Rebecca Mitchell

SEASONAL SENSE

While hosting a wedding on either side of the Tetons guarantees beauty and splendor, it can also bring unpredictable weather. Weather conditions differ around our mountain valleys and peaks, and temperatures often vary by ten degrees or more from one part of the valley to another.

For reasons more than weather predictability, summer continues to be the most popular season for weddings. If you are considering a wedding in the Tetons during June, July, or August, keep in mind that millions of visitors pass through the area during the summer months, which translates to full hotels, busy restaurants and caterers, and fewer available wedding and reception sites.

Although the weather is less predictable, spring, fall, and winter weddings in the Tetons offer natural beauty equal to summer’s, and with fewer tourists, more vendor availability, and often lower prices. Regardless of the wedding date you choose, be sure your location can accommodate your needs given inclement weather.

THE FOLLOWING DATA SHOWS WEATHER AVERAGES FOR THE JACKSON HOLE AREA.

JAN

FEB

MAR

APR

MAY

JUN

JUL

AUG

SEP

OCT

NOV

DEC

Avg.Max Temp (F) 27 33 40 52 62 72 81 80 71 59 40 28
Avg. Min Temp (F) 5 8 16 25 31 37 41 39 31 23 15 6
Avg. Total Precip (in.) 1.5 1 1.15 1.15 2 2 10 1 1 1 1.5 1.5
Avg. Total Snowfall (in.) 2 12.5 9.1 3.9 0.8 0.1 0 0 0.1 0.9 9.4 17.7
Avg. Snow Depth (in.) 12 14 10 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 7

Information obtained from the Western Regional Climate Center, www.wrcc.dri.edu.

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