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Average Weather in October at Atqasuk Edward Burnell Sr. Memorial Airport Alaska, United States

Daily high temperatures decrease by 16°F, from 29°F to 13°F, rarely falling below -2°F or exceeding 37°F.

Daily low temperatures decrease by 18°F, from 21°F to 3°F, rarely falling below -13°F or exceeding 30°F.

For reference, on July 13, the hottest day of the year, temperatures at Atqasuk Edward Burnell Sr. Memorial Airport typically range from 41°F to 58°F, while on January 22, the coldest day of the year, they range from -23°F to -11°F.

Average High and Low Temperature in October

The daily average high (red line) and low (blue line) temperature, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands. The thin dotted lines are the corresponding average perceived temperatures.

The figure below shows you a compact characterization of the hourly average temperatures for the quarter of the year centered on October. The horizontal axis is the day, the vertical axis is the hour of the day, and the color is the average temperature for that hour and day.

Average Hourly Temperature in October

Average Hourly Temperature in October at Atqasuk Edward Burnell Sr. Memorial Airport18152229112233445566778899101011111212131314141515161617171818191920202121222223232424252526262727282829293030313112 AM4 AM8 AM12 PM4 PM8 PM12 AMSepNovfrigidfreezingvery cold
frigid 15°F freezing 32°F very cold 45°F cold 55°F cool 65°F comfortable 75°F warm 85°F hot 95°F sweltering
The average hourly temperature, color coded into bands. The shaded overlays indicate night and civil twilight.

Terskol, Russia (4,521 miles away); Tosontsengel, Mongolia (3,399 miles); and McMurdo Station, Antarctica (10,362 miles) are the far-away foreign places with temperatures most similar to Atqasuk Edward Burnell Sr. Memorial Airport (view comparison).

Clouds

The month of October at Atqasuk Edward Burnell Sr. Memorial Airport experiences rapidly increasing cloud cover, with the percentage of time that the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy increasing from 70% to 85%.

The clearest day of the month is October 1, with clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy conditions 30% of the time.

For reference, on January 6, the cloudiest day of the year, the chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 88%, while on June 28, the clearest day of the year, the chance of clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy skies is 42%.

Cloud Cover Categories in October

Cloud Cover Categories in October at Atqasuk Edward Burnell Sr. Memorial Airport1815222911223344556677889910101111121213131414151516161717181819192020212122222323242425252626272728282929303031310%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%SepNovOct 130%Oct 130%Oct 3115%Oct 3115%Oct 1125%Oct 1125%Oct 2120%Oct 2120%clearpartly cloudymostly cloudyovercastmostly clear
0% clear 20% mostly clear 40% partly cloudy 60% mostly cloudy 80% overcast 100%
The percentage of time spent in each cloud cover band, categorized by the percentage of the sky covered by clouds.

Precipitation

A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. At Atqasuk Edward Burnell Sr. Memorial Airport, the chance of a wet day over the course of October is decreasing, starting the month at 10% and ending it at 5%.

For reference, the year's highest daily chance of a wet day is 25% on August 8, and its lowest chance is 2% on March 19.

Over the course of October at Atqasuk Edward Burnell Sr. Memorial Airport, the chance of a day with only rain decreases from 3% to 0%, the chance of a day with mixed snow and rain remains an essentially constant 1% throughout, and the chance of a day with only snow remains an essentially constant 6% throughout.

Probability of Precipitation in October

Probability of Precipitation in October at Atqasuk Edward Burnell Sr. Memorial Airport1815222911223344556677889910101111121213131414151516161717181819192020212122222323242425252626272728282929303031310%2%4%6%8%10%12%14%16%18%20%SepNovOct 110%Oct 110%Oct 315%Oct 315%Oct 118%Oct 118%Oct 217%Oct 217%snowmixedrain
The percentage of days in which various types of precipitation are observed, excluding trace quantities: rain alone, snow alone, and mixed (both rain and snow fell in the same day).

Rainfall

To show variation within the month and not just the monthly total, we show the rainfall accumulated over a sliding 31-day period centered around each day.

The average sliding 31-day rainfall during October at Atqasuk Edward Burnell Sr. Memorial Airport is essentially constant, remaining about 0.1 inches throughout, and rarely exceeding 0.5 inches or falling below -0.0 inches.

Average Monthly Rainfall in October

The average rainfall (solid line) accumulated over the course of a sliding 31-day period centered on the day in question, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands. The thin dotted line is the corresponding average liquid-equivalent snowfall.

Snowfall

We report snowfall in liquid-equivalent terms. The actual depth of new snowfall is typically between 5 and 10 times the liquid-equivalent amount, assuming the ground is frozen. As with rainfall, we consider the liquid-equivalent snowfall accumulated over a sliding 31-day period centered around each day.

The average sliding 31-day liquid-equivalent snowfall during October at Atqasuk Edward Burnell Sr. Memorial Airport is essentially constant, remaining about 0.3 inches throughout, and rarely exceeding 0.8 inches or falling to 0.0 inches.

The highest average 31-day liquid-equivalent accumulation is 0.3 inches on October 7.

Average Monthly Liquid-Equivalent Snowfall in October

Average Monthly Liquid-Equivalent Snowfall in October at Atqasuk Edward Burnell Sr. Memorial Airport1815222911223344556677889910101111121213131414151516161717181819192020212122222323242425252626272728282929303031310.0 in0.2 in0.4 in0.6 in0.8 in1.0 inSepNovOct 70.3 inOct 70.3 inOct 310.2 inOct 310.2 inOct 210.2 inOct 210.2 in
The average liquid-equivalent snowfall (solid line) accumulated over the course of a sliding 31-day period centered on the day in question, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands. The thin dotted line is the corresponding average rainfall.

Sun

Due to its extreme latitude, Atqasuk Edward Burnell Sr. Memorial Airport experiences polar day (also known as the midnight Sun) during the summer and polar night during the winter. These are periods of time in which the sun is continuously above or below the horizon for more than one day. 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.

Neither polar day nor polar night occur during the month of October.

Over the course of October at Atqasuk Edward Burnell Sr. Memorial Airport, the length of the day is very rapidly decreasing. From the start to the end of the month, the length of the day decreases by 4 hours, 41 minutes, implying an average daily decrease of 9 minutes, 22 seconds, and weekly decrease of 1 hour, 5 minutes, 31 seconds.

The shortest day of the month is October 31, with 6 hours, 23 minutes of daylight and the longest day is October 1, with 11 hours, 4 minutes of daylight.

Hours of Daylight and Twilight in October

Hours of Daylight and Twilight in October at Atqasuk Edward Burnell Sr. Memorial Airport1815222911223344556677889910101111121213131414151516161717181819192020212122222323242425252626272728282929303031310 hr24 hr4 hr20 hr8 hr16 hr12 hr12 hr16 hr8 hr20 hr4 hr24 hr0 hrSepNovOct 111 hr, 4 minOct 111 hr, 4 minOct 316 hr, 23 minOct 316 hr, 23 minOct 168 hr, 49 minOct 168 hr, 49 min
The number of hours during which the Sun is visible (black line). From bottom (most yellow) to top (most gray), the color bands indicate: full daylight, twilight (civil, nautical, and astronomical), and full night.

The earliest sunrise of the month at Atqasuk Edward Burnell Sr. Memorial Airport is 8:46 AM on October 1 and the latest sunrise is 2 hours, 15 minutes later at 11:01 AM on October 31.

The latest sunset is 7:50 PM on October 1 and the earliest sunset is 2 hours, 26 minutes earlier at 5:24 PM on October 31.

Daylight saving time is observed at Atqasuk Edward Burnell Sr. Memorial Airport during 2019, but it neither starts nor ends during October, so the entire month is in daylight saving time.

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time in October

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time in October at Atqasuk Edward Burnell Sr. Memorial Airport1815222911223344556677889910101111121213131414151516161717181819192020212122222323242425252626272728282929303031312 AM4 AM6 AM8 AM10 AM12 PM2 PM4 PM6 PM8 PM10 PM12 AM2 AMSepNov8:46 AM8:46 AMOct 17:50 PMOct 17:50 PM11:01 AM11:01 AMOct 315:24 PMOct 315:24 PM9:49 AM9:49 AMOct 166:38 PMOct 166:38 PMSolarMidnightSolarMidnightSolarNoon
The solar day over the course of October. From bottom to top, the black lines are the previous solar midnight, sunrise, solar noon, sunset, and the next solar midnight. The day, twilights (civil, nautical, and astronomical), and night are indicated by the color bands from yellow to gray.

Humidity

We base the humidity comfort level on the dew point, as it determines whether perspiration will evaporate from the skin, thereby cooling the body. Lower dew points feel drier and higher dew points feel more humid. Unlike temperature, which typically varies significantly between night and day, dew point tends to change more slowly, so while the temperature may drop at night, a muggy day is typically followed by a muggy night.

The chance that a given day will be muggy at Atqasuk Edward Burnell Sr. Memorial Airport is essentially constant during October, remaining around 0% throughout.

For reference, on July 23, the muggiest day of the year, there are muggy conditions 0% of the time, while on January 1, the least muggy day of the year, there are muggy conditions 0% of the time.

Humidity Comfort Levels in October

Humidity Comfort Levels in October at Atqasuk Edward Burnell Sr. Memorial Airport1815222911223344556677889910101111121213131414151516161717181819192020212122222323242425252626272728282929303031310%10%20%30%40%50%60%70%80%90%100%SepNovOct 160%Oct 160%Oct 10%Oct 10%Oct 310%Oct 310%drydry
dry 55°F comfortable 60°F humid 65°F muggy 70°F oppressive 75°F miserable
The percentage of time spent at various humidity comfort levels, categorized by dew point.

Wind

This section discusses the wide-area hourly average wind vector (speed and direction) at 10 meters above the ground. The wind experienced at any given location is highly dependent on local topography and other factors, and instantaneous wind speed and direction vary more widely than hourly averages.

The average hourly wind speed at Atqasuk Edward Burnell Sr. Memorial Airport is essentially constant during October, remaining within 0.1 miles per hour of 9.9 miles per hour throughout.

For reference, on April 30, the windiest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 11.2 miles per hour, while on September 4, the calmest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 9.5 miles per hour.

Average Wind Speed in October

The average of mean hourly wind speeds (dark gray line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.
The hourly average wind direction at Atqasuk Edward Burnell Sr. Memorial Airport throughout October is predominantly from the east, with a peak proportion of 50% on October 31.

Wind Direction in October

Wind Direction in October at Atqasuk Edward Burnell Sr. Memorial Airport1815222911223344556677889910101111121213131414151516161717181819192020212122222323242425252626272728282929303031310%100%20%80%40%60%60%40%80%20%100%0%SepNovwesteastsouthnorth
northeastsouthwest
The percentage of hours in which the mean wind direction is from each of the four cardinal wind directions, excluding hours in which the mean wind speed is less than 1.0 mph. The lightly tinted areas at the boundaries are the percentage of hours spent in the implied intermediate directions (northeast, southeast, southwest, and northwest).

Water Temperature

Atqasuk Edward Burnell Sr. Memorial Airport is located near a large body of water (e.g., ocean, sea, or large lake). This section reports on the wide-area average surface temperature of that water.

The average surface water temperature at Atqasuk Edward Burnell Sr. Memorial Airport is gradually decreasing during October, falling by 3°F, from 34°F to 31°F, over the course of the month.

Average Water Temperature in October

The daily average water temperature (purple line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

Growing Season

Definitions of the growing season vary throughout the world, but for the purposes of this report, we define it as the longest continuous period of non-freezing temperatures (≥ 32°F) in the year (the calendar year in the Northern Hemisphere, or from July 1 until June 30 in the Southern Hemisphere).

The growing season at Atqasuk Edward Burnell Sr. Memorial Airport typically lasts for 1.7 months (53 days), from around June 18 to around August 10, rarely starting before June 3 or after July 5, and rarely ending before July 19 or after September 9.

The month of October at Atqasuk Edward Burnell Sr. Memorial Airport is reliably fully outside of the growing season.

Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in October

Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in October at Atqasuk Edward Burnell Sr. Memorial Airport1815222911223344556677889910101111121213131414151516161717181819192020212122222323242425252626272728282929303031310%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%SepNov-0%Oct 16-0%Oct 16Sep 910%Sep 910%0%Nov 190%Nov 19frigidfreezingvery coldcold
frigid 15°F freezing 32°F very cold 45°F cold 55°F cool 65°F comfortable 75°F warm 85°F hot 95°F sweltering
The percentage of time spent in various temperature bands. The black line is the percentage chance that a given day is within the growing season.

Growing degree days are a measure of yearly heat accumulation used to predict plant and animal development, and defined as the integral of warmth above a base temperature, discarding any excess above a maximum temperature. In this report, we use a base of 50°F and a cap of 86°F.

The average accumulated growing degree days at Atqasuk Edward Burnell Sr. Memorial Airport are essentially constant during October, remaining around 138°F throughout.

Growing Degree Days in October

The average growing degree days accumulated over the course of October, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

Solar Energy

This section discusses the total daily incident shortwave solar energy reaching the surface of the ground over a wide area, taking full account of seasonal variations in the length of the day, the elevation of the Sun above the horizon, and absorption by clouds and other atmospheric constituents. Shortwave radiation includes visible light and ultraviolet radiation.

The average daily incident shortwave solar energy at Atqasuk Edward Burnell Sr. Memorial Airport is gradually decreasing during October, falling by 0.9 kWh, from 1.0 kWh to 0.2 kWh, over the course of the month.

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in October

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in October at Atqasuk Edward Burnell Sr. Memorial Airport1815222911223344556677889910101111121213131414151516161717181819192020212122222323242425252626272728282929303031310.0 kWh0.5 kWh1.0 kWh1.5 kWh2.0 kWh2.5 kWh3.0 kWh3.5 kWhSepNovOct 11.0 kWhOct 11.0 kWhOct 310.2 kWhOct 310.2 kWhOct 160.5 kWhOct 160.5 kWh
The average daily shortwave solar energy reaching the ground per square meter (orange line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

Topography

For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Atqasuk Edward Burnell Sr. Memorial Airport are 70.468 deg latitude, -157.431 deg longitude, and 62 ft elevation.

The topography within 2 miles of Atqasuk Edward Burnell Sr. Memorial Airport is essentially flat, with a maximum elevation change of 79 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 65 feet. Within 10 miles is essentially flat (105 feet). Within 50 miles also contains only modest variations in elevation (354 feet).

The area within 2 miles of Atqasuk Edward Burnell Sr. Memorial Airport is covered by grassland (34%), herbaceous vegetation (27%), and water (21%), within 10 miles by grassland (40%) and herbaceous vegetation (36%), and within 50 miles by grassland (45%) and herbaceous vegetation (22%).

Data Sources

This report illustrates the typical weather at Atqasuk Edward Burnell Sr. Memorial Airport year round, based on a statistical analysis of historical hourly weather reports and model reconstructions from January 1, 1980 to December 31, 2016.

Temperature and Dew Point

Atqasuk Edward Burnell Sr. Memorial Airport has a weather station that reported reliably enough during the analysis period that we have included it in our network. When available, historical temperature and dew point measurements are taken directly from this weather station. These records are obtained from NOAA's Integrated Surface Hourly data set, falling back on ICAO METAR records as required.

In the case of missing or erroneous measurements from this station, we fall back on records from nearby stations, adjusted according to typical seasonal and diurnal intra-station differences. For a given day of the year and hour of the day, the fallback station is selected to minimize the prediction error over the years for which there are measurements for both stations.

The stations on which we may fall back are Wiley Post-Will Rogers Memorial Airport and Wainwright Airport.

Other Data

All data relating to the Sun's position (e.g., sunrise and sunset) are computed using astronomical formulas from the book, Astronomical Tables of the Sun, Moon and Planets , by Jean Meeus.

All other weather data, including cloud cover, precipitation, wind speed and direction, and solar flux, come from NASA's MERRA-2 Modern-Era Retrospective Analysis . This reanalysis combines a variety of wide-area measurements in a state-of-the-art global meteorological model to reconstruct the hourly history of weather throughout the world on a 50-kilometer grid.

Land Use data comes from the Global Land Cover SHARE database , published by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

Elevation data comes from the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) , published by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Names, locations, and time zones of places and some airports come from the GeoNames Geographical Database .

Time zones for aiports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .

Maps are © Esri, with data from National Geographic, Esri, DeLorme, NAVTEQ, UNEP-WCMC, USGS, NASA, ESA, METI, NRCAN, GEBCO, NOAA, and iPC.

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