Temperatures, Sunrise, Sunset
Location & Climate
Homer is located on Kachemak Bay, tucked into the southern portion of Cook Inlet on the Kenai Peninsula. The Pacific Ocean moderates Homer’s climate, resulting in relatively warmer winters and cooler summers. Its location on the north shore of the Bay provides great solar exposure and breathtaking views of the Chugach Mountains to the southeast across Kachemak Bay. The Chugach Mountains provide more than an awesome view. They shelter Homer from high winds typical in the Gulf of Alaska, and provide somewhat of a rain shadow. Homer receives only about 25 inches of rainfall annually, arid compared to other Alaskan coastal communities.
Because the top of the earth is tilted toward the sun in the summer months, Alaska gets an abundance of daylight in mid-summer. On Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year, the sun rises in Homer at 4:45 am and sets around 11:30 pm for nearly nineteen hours of daylight. Keep in mind, though, this represents only the amount of time the sun is above the horizon. Twilight, when it is light enough to function outside is very long in Alaska, extending day length hours to twenty-two!
The opposite is true for winter. On the shortest day of the year, December 21, sunrise is at 10 am with sunset at 4 pm, giving us six hours of daylight. Twilight extends winter daylight hours, though soft, to eight hours.
For up to then minute weather: