Salt Lake City has the greatest weather of any big city in the country. I have lived spent years in states
in all the other regions of this country, and Sugar House is the easy weather winner among places
that have seasons. I won't argue with Southern Californians who love their year-round temperate
weather, because I can't change personal taste. But if you like four distinct seasons, Sugar House
Utah is your place.
Winter: This winter has had a lot more snow in the Salt Lake Valley than we are accustomed to. I spent
several winters in my 30 years here during which I only had to shovel snow a couple of times the
whole season. Since early December this season, we've been shoveling a couple of times a week.
This is great for skiers (Click here for ski conditions), but I'm sick of it. Luckily, this is an anomaly. It
rarely gets very cold here. The average daily highs in the winter are in the upper 30s. The lows
typically are in the 20s. We can get inversions here, during which cold polluted air is trapped in the
valley by a lid of warm air, but they usually don't last very long.
Spring: How about turquoise skies with big puffy clouds and a high of about 75. That's spring in Sugar
House Utah. We can get some showers, but the total annual precipitation in this second-driest state in
the nation is only about 16 inches.
Summer: Don't expect a lot of rain during summer in Sugar House, but that helps keep down the
humidity. So even though temperatures top 100 a few times each season and average in the 90s all
summer long, you can get out and do things in it. I have jogged at noon on 100-degree days here and
felt more comfortable than 85 degrees in muggy Atlanta. And if the heat does get to you, hop in the car
and take a 30-minute drive up to 8,000 feet in one of the nearby canyons.
Fall: It's a lot like spring, except that the leaves are more colorful. Last fall we had mild temperatures
until Thanksgiving. Most years, the weather turns cool and wet closer to Halloween.
Below are average temperatures for the Salt Lake City International Airport
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Extreme Daily Maximum
63 69 78 89 99 104 107 106 100 89 75 69
Average Daily Maximum
37 43 53 61 71 82 91 89 78 64 49 38
Average Daily Minimum
21 26 33 39 47 56 63 62 52 41 30 22
Extreme Daily Minimum
-22 -30 2 14 25 35 40 37 27 16 -14 -21
|Mostly Mild Weather in
Salt Lake City's Sugar House
|4 Distinct Seasons,
And All 4 Are Nice
It's 15 degrees with 18 inches of new snow in Sugar House on Jan. 12, 2013.