Pinetop enjoys a varied four-season climate, with temperatures ranging from winter lows in the mid-teens to mild summer highs in the mid-eighties. Annual precipitation averages 20-30 inches, much of it in the form of winter snows — a boon to downhill and cross-country ski enthusiasts alike.
In the July-August rainy season, the area receives roughly 3 inches of rain per month from storms that drift off the Mogollon Rim to become the desert valley's monsoons. This same rainy season triggers the White Mountains’ late summer explosion of colorful wildflowers.
A smaller rainy season in February and March — averaging around 2 inches per month — combines with the spring snowmelt and summer rains to produce the myriad crystal lakes and streams found throughout the region.