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McCarthy is a tiny community of 28 residents, located in the Valdez-Cordova area of southeast Alaska. It lies at the foot of the Wrangell Mountains on the McCarthy Road spur of the Edgerton Highway. Travelers must pass through McCarthy on their way to Kennecott, which has access to the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve. The village of McCarthy almost became a ghost town with zero population in the 1970s, until people began arriving in Alaska to work the Trans Alaska Pipeline. Others came for the pure adventure of living in the wilderness. Slowly, the population began to grow once again. There are several old mine buildings and artifacts in McCarthy that attract tourists during the summer months. It's been ranked as "one of the United States' most endangered landmarks by the National Trust for Historic Places." McCarthy is small, but you will find lodging and dining in town, including fresh, wild-caught salmon. Wrangall-St. Elias National Park contains 9 of the 16 highest peaks in the United States, along with glaciers, rivers, an active volcano, historic mines and North America's largest sub polar ice field. Things to do in the park include backcountry hiking and camping, along with chartered flights into the park's wilderness.

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McCarthy Weather & Climate

South-central Alaska has a mild climate, at least by Alaska's standards. Temperatures are moderated by the Gulf of Alaska. Frigid winds are often blocked by the Alaska and Talkeetna Mountains. This region also doesn't get as much rain as other parts of southeastern Alaska, but it receives more snow. Most rain falls in July, August and September, especially along the Gulf coast. Snowfall mostly occurs between December and March with an average of 127 inches. Winter temperature reach lows of 15 degrees F., and the warmest summer temperatures are around 60 degrees F. Summer sunlight in this region lasts 19.5 hours at the June solstice. At the winter solstice, daylight lasts 5.5 hours.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 6°F -10°F 1.00 in. -
February 17°F -5°F 0.84 in. -
March 33°F 2°F 0.40 in. -
April 46°F 20°F 0.23 in. -
May 59°F 29°F 0.64 in. -
June 67°F 36°F 1.80 in. -
July 71°F 40°F 2.38 in. -
August 66°F 37°F 2.30 in. -
September 55°F 31°F 2.85 in. -
October 37°F 19°F 2.29 in. -
November 16°F -1°F 1.17 in. -
December 9°F -6°F 1.82 in. -

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