This report describes the typical weather at the Bardufoss Airport (Bardufoss, Norway) weather station over the course of an average year. It is based on the historical records from 1974 to 2012. Earlier records are either unavailable or unreliable.
Bardufoss has a humid subarctic continental climate with cool summers and no dry season. The area within 25 mi of this station is covered by tundra (73%), forests (14%), oceans and seas (8%), and shrublands (3%).
Over the course of a year, the temperature typically varies from 7°F to 64°F and is rarely below -13°F or above 74°F.
The warm season lasts from June 8 to September 5 with an average daily high temperature above 55°F. The hottest day of the year is July 25, with an average high of 64°F and low of 49°F.
The cold season lasts from November 15 to March 6 with an average daily high temperature below 29°F. The coldest day of the year is February 1, with an average low of 7°F and high of 21°F.
The length of the day varies significantly over the course of the year. The shortest day is December 21 with 0:00 hours of daylight; the longest day is June 20 with 24:00 hours of daylight.
Due to its extreme latitude, Bardufoss experiences polar day (also known as the midnight Sun) during summer and polar night during winter. The precise start and end dates of polar day and night vary from year to year and depend on the precise location and elevation of the observer, and the local topography.
In summer, the Sun is continuously above the horizon for 61 days, from May 21 to July 21.
In winter, the Sun is continuously below the horizon for 41 days, from December 1 to January 11.
Daylight savings time (DST) is observed in this location during 2012, starting in the spring on March 25 and ending in the fall on October 28.
The median cloud cover ranges from 77% (partly cloudy) to 89% (mostly cloudy). The sky is cloudiest on June 13 and clearest on January 7. The clearer part of the year begins around November 14. The cloudier part of the year begins around April 19.
On January 7, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 40% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 39% of the time.
On June 13, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast, mostly cloudy, or partly cloudy 74% of the time, and clear or mostly clear 16% of the time.
The probability that precipitation will be observed at this location varies throughout the year. Precipitation is most likely around September 22, occurring in 73% of days. Precipitation is least likely around April 1, occurring in 63% of days.
Over the entire year, the most common forms of precipitation are moderate rain, moderate snow, light rain, and light snow.
Moderate rain is the most severe precipitation observed during 37% of those days with precipitation. It is most likely around August 30, when it is observed during 52% of all days.
Moderate snow is the most severe precipitation observed during 37% of those days with precipitation. It is most likely around January 30, when it is observed during 49% of all days.
Light rain is the most severe precipitation observed during 12% of those days with precipitation. It is most likely around June 20, when it is observed during 17% of all days.
Light snow is the most severe precipitation observed during 12% of those days with precipitation. It is most likely around December 27, when it is observed during 14% of all days.
During the warm season, which lasts from June 8 to September 5, there is a 69% average chance that precipitation will be observed at some point during a given day. When precipitation does occur it is most often in the form of moderate rain (70% of days with precipitation have at worst moderate rain) and light rain (22%).
During the cold season, which lasts from November 15 to March 6, there is a 67% average chance that precipitation will be observed at some point during a given day. When precipitation does occur it is most often in the form of moderate snow (68% of days with precipitation have at worst moderate snow), light snow (19%), and moderate rain (9%).
The likelihood of snow falling is highest around February 1, occurring in 62% of days. The season in which it is relatively likely for snow to fall spans from October 6 to May 18.
During peak snow season, accumulation at this location on a given day is likely. The chances of there being snow on the ground are highest around February 18, occurring 71% of the time. The season in which snow is relatively likely to be on the ground spans from October 16 to May 8.
The snow is typically at its deepest on February 17, with a median depth of 19.3"; the depth exceeds 30.9" only one year out of ten.
The relative humidity typically ranges from 45% (comfortable) to 96% (very humid) over the course of the year, rarely dropping below 28% (dry) and reaching as high as 100% (very humid).
The air is driest around May 29, at which time the relative humidity drops below 54% (mildly humid) three days out of four; it is most humid around September 10, exceeding 93% (very humid) three days out of four.
Dew point is often a better measure of how comfortable a person will find the weather than relative humidity because it more directly relates to whether perspiration will evaporate from the skin, thereby cooling the body. Lower dew points feel drier and higher dew points feel more humid.
Over the course of a year, the dew point typically varies from 2°F (dry) to 52°F (very comfortable) and is rarely below -18°F (dry) or above 58°F (comfortable).
The time of the year between July 13 and August 13 is the most comfortable, with dew points that are neither too dry nor too muggy.
Over the course of the year typical wind speeds vary from 0 mph to 11 mph (calm to gentle breeze), rarely exceeding 20 mph (fresh breeze).
The highest average wind speed of 6 mph (light breeze) occurs around June 2, at which time the average daily maximum wind speed is 11 mph (gentle breeze).
The lowest average wind speed of 3 mph (light breeze) occurs around November 18, at which time the average daily maximum wind speed is 7 mph (light breeze).