Average Weather in February at Fairbanks International Airport Alaska, United States
Daily high temperatures increase by 11°F, from 6°F to 17°F, rarely falling below -21°F or exceeding 34°F.
Daily low temperatures increase by 5°F, from -11°F to -6°F, rarely falling below -37°F or exceeding 14°F.
For reference, on July 3, the hottest day of the year, temperatures at Fairbanks International Airport typically range from 54°F to 74°F, while on January 18, the coldest day of the year, they range from -14°F to 2°F.
Average High and Low Temperature in February
The figure below shows you a compact characterization of the hourly average temperatures for the quarter of the year centered on February. 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 February
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Yeniseysk, Russia (3,369 miles away); Vidim, Russia (3,278 miles); and Mogzon, Russia (3,347 miles) are the far-away foreign places with temperatures most similar to Fairbanks International Airport (view comparison).
The month of February at Fairbanks International Airport experiences gradually decreasing cloud cover, with the percentage of time that the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy decreasing from 60% to 56%.
The clearest day of the month is February 28, with clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy conditions 44% of the time.
For reference, on December 8, the cloudiest day of the year, the chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 65%, while on March 15, the clearest day of the year, the chance of clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy skies is 46%.
Cloud Cover Categories in February
0% clear 20% mostly clear 40% partly cloudy 60% mostly cloudy 80% overcast 100%
A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. At Fairbanks International Airport, the chance of a wet day over the course of February is decreasing, starting the month at 10% and ending it at 6%.
For reference, the year's highest daily chance of a wet day is 30% on August 11, and its lowest chance is 5% on March 18.
Over the course of February at Fairbanks International Airport, the chance of a day with only rain remains an essentially constant 0% throughout, 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 decreases from 9% to 5%.
Probability of Precipitation in February
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 February at Fairbanks International Airport is essentially constant, remaining about 0.3 inches throughout, and rarely exceeding 0.8 inches or falling to 0.0 inches.
Average Monthly Liquid-Equivalent Snowfall in February
Over the course of February at Fairbanks International Airport, the length of the day is very rapidly increasing. From the start to the end of the month, the length of the day increases by 3 hours, 3 minutes, implying an average daily increase of 6 minutes, 48 seconds, and weekly increase of 47 minutes, 34 seconds.
The shortest day of the month is February 1, with 6 hours, 57 minutes of daylight and the longest day is February 28, with 10 hours, 1 minute of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight in February
The latest sunrise of the month at Fairbanks International Airport is 9:36 AM on February 1 and the earliest sunrise is 1 hour, 33 minutes earlier at 8:04 AM on February 28.
The earliest sunset is 4:34 PM on February 1 and the latest sunset is 1 hour, 31 minutes later at 6:04 PM on February 28.
Daylight saving time is observed at Fairbanks International Airport during 2019, but it neither starts nor ends during February, so the entire month is in standard time.
For reference, on June 21, the longest day of the year, the Sun rises at 2:58 AM and sets 21 hours, 49 minutes later, at 12:47 AM, while on December 22, the shortest day of the year, it rises at 10:58 AM and sets 3 hours, 42 minutes later, at 2:41 PM.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time in February
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 Fairbanks International Airport is essentially constant during February, remaining around 0% throughout.
For reference, on July 17, 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 February
dry 55°F comfortable 60°F humid 65°F muggy 70°F oppressive 75°F miserable
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 Fairbanks International Airport is essentially constant during February, remaining within 0.2 miles per hour of 6.8 miles per hour throughout.
For reference, on January 8, the windiest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 7.3 miles per hour, while on July 14, the calmest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 4.4 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed in February
Wind Direction in February
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 Fairbanks International Airport typically lasts for 4.0 months (123 days), from around May 11 to around September 11, rarely starting before April 26 or after May 27, and rarely ending before August 22 or after September 29.
The month of February at Fairbanks International Airport is reliably fully outside of the growing season.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in February
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 Fairbanks International Airport are essentially constant during February, remaining around 0°F throughout.
Growing Degree Days in February
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 Fairbanks International Airport is gradually increasing during February, rising by 1.0 kWh, from 0.4 kWh to 1.3 kWh, over the course of the month.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in February
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Fairbanks International Airport are 64.814 deg latitude, -147.860 deg longitude, and 440 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Fairbanks International Airport contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 253 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 440 feet. Within 10 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (2,018 feet). Within 50 miles contains large variations in elevation (4,114 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Fairbanks International Airport is covered by trees (41%), sparse vegetation (30%), and artificial surfaces (20%), within 10 miles by trees (61%) and herbaceous vegetation (19%), and within 50 miles by trees (67%) and shrubs (16%).
This report illustrates the typical weather at Fairbanks International 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
Fairbanks International 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.
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 .
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