Forecasts for ‘Star Wars’ worlds found here on Earth

Hot and cold: Some Tatooine desert scenes were shot in Death Valley and the ice world of Hoth was filmed in Norway during a snowstorm

From worlds with two suns to ice planets with snowstorms, the "Star Wars" saga has a planet with just about every climate and weather pattern Earth has but to the extreme.

Weather plays a vital role in the franchise to reflect the mood and intensity of a scene. In honor of May 4, here's a look at worlds from the "Star Wars" franchise and what a forecast might look like on any given day.

The hot desert landscape of Tatooine

With twin suns, the world of Tatooine is going to be very hot. The desert planet appears in most Star Wars saga movies and the new spinoff "The Mandalorian."

Our solar system only has one star, but, according to NASA, there are planet systems beyond our own that are binary and include two stars orbiting each other.


A majority of the Tatooine desert scenes in "The Return of the Jedi" were filmed in California, Arizona and Tunisia. 

According to the U.S. National Parks, Death Valley National Park served as the set for Tatooine in Episode IV and Episode V.

You can visit several filming locations within the park, but plan your trip accordingly and bring water. The desert of Death Valley is just as barren as Tatooine.

The ice world of Hoth

Hoth, a world of swirling snow and ice, first appeared in "Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back."

The scenes, including the Battle of Hoth, were filmed in Finse, Norway, according to The Empire Strikes Back 40th Anniversary Special.

According to, the planet is almost unlivable because of its distance from the sun, with temperatures down to -140 degrees Fahrenheit. Scenes were filmed on an actual glacier in March 1979 during a violent snowstorm.

To get actor Harrison Ford to the set in Finse from Oslo, Norway, he had to take a train and two taxis and finish the journey by snowplow, according to

According to historical weather data from MET Norway, on March 5, 1979, the day production started in Finse, it was 2.9 degrees. 

The town also hosts an Ice Music Festival in February when temperatures are -24 degrees Celsius. 

Ancient forests of Batuu

Batuu is one of the few fictional Star Wars worlds you can physically visit. However, you won't see the planet in a "Star Wars" movie. Imagineers created the world for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida and at Disneyland in California. Both lands are set up as an outpost on the planet Batuu.

Batuu is a terrestrial planet not too different from Earth, with forests and oceans.

According to, the climate is temperate, and the terrain includes mountains, plains and river valleys. The mountain regions are remote on the Outer Rim.

While you certainly won't find the mountains of Batuu in Florida, the Imagineers at Disney certainly did a fantastic job of incorporating the landscape of the fictional world with plants, giant rock formations and ancient trees known as "spires."

Forest moon Endor

Endor is the home planet of the Ewok and to many critical moments in the "Star Wars" series.

California's redwoods national and state parks have played a role in movies in the franchise, including Grizzly Creek Redwoods, Prairie Creek Redwoods and Patrick’s Point state parks.

According to the state park website, Grizzly Creek Redwoods State Park provided a backdrop for "Return of the Jedi" in 1982 during the speeder chase on Endor.

During early May, it's not uncommon for rain to be in the forecast at Grizzly Creek. The summer months can average temperatures in the 70s and 80s.