Rathdrum Area Climate


Even though Rathdrum is located over 300 miles from the Pacific Ocean and 2,250 feet above sea level, the weather is influenced by maritime air blown eastward on the prevailing westerly winds. Particularly in winter, the maritime influence is noticeable in the more than average cloudiness, greater frequency of precipitation, and mean temperatures, which are above those at the same latitude and altitude in mid-continent. The main barrier to free-flowing air is the rugged chain of Bitterroot Mountains forming much of the boundary between Idaho and Montana.

The annual average percentage of sunshine ranges from about 30% in the winter, with frequent periods of cloudy weather, to average percentages in the 80%’s during July and August as the crystal-clear days may linger well into fall for perfect golfing and boating weather.


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