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Homer/Seward, Alaska

Fascinating facts about the Kenai Peninsula

High Mountain Lake.
Jeffrey takes horse for a swim.
Jeffrey with dog musher clothes on.
Kenai sunset over a valcano.

The exact derivation of the name "Kenai" is unclear, although it is likely to have come from words of the indigenous Deana'ina Athabaskan Indians. The most likely candidates are "ken'ey" meaning two big flats and a river cutback or "ken'e" representing trees and brush grown in a swampy marsh.

Sparsely populated, the Kenai Peninsula is 25,600 square miles, which averages out to be about 400 acres per person.

The longest day is June 21 and it's 19 hours and 21 minutes long!

The shortest day is December 22 and it's only 5 hours and 28 minutes long.

The tidal range here is the second largest in North America at 38.9 feet.

The Kenai's weather is relatively warm, due to the moderating effects of the surrounding bodies of water. From May until September the highs are in the mid-50's to 60's and lows are somewhere in the 40s.

Weather on the Peninsula varies greatly in not only each place, but between places. Temperatures vary from 80 degree F in the Summer to minus 30 degrees F in the winter. The southern part of the Kenai closest to the Gulf of Alaska enjoys the moderating affect of the relatively warm Pacific Ocean, while winter ice in the Cook Inlet causes temperatures to be much colder on the northern part of the Peninsula.

Homer on the southwestern tip receives an average of 25 inches of precipitation per year, while Seward backed by some mountainous terrain receives 67 inches. The town of Kenai on the downwind side of the Kenai Mountains only receives 19 inches. Oddly April has the most rainy days and the least amount of rain, while September has the least rainy days and the most rainfall.

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