Average Weather in July at Fairbanks International Airport Alaska, United States
Daily high temperatures decrease by 3°F, from 73°F to 71°F, rarely falling below 61°F or exceeding 83°F. The highest daily average high temperature is 74°F on July 3.
Daily low temperatures are around 53°F, rarely falling below 46°F or exceeding 60°F. The highest daily average low temperature is 54°F on July 9.
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 July
The figure below shows you a compact characterization of the hourly average temperatures for the quarter of the year centered on July. 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 July
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 July at Fairbanks International Airport experiences gradually increasing cloud cover, with the percentage of time that the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy increasing from 59% to 63%.
The clearest day of the month is July 2, with clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy conditions 41% 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 July
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 July is essentially constant, remaining around 29% throughout.
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.
Probability of Precipitation in July
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 July at Fairbanks International Airport is essentially constant, remaining about 2.3 inches throughout, and rarely exceeding 3.8 inches or falling below 0.9 inches.
The highest average 31-day accumulation is 2.4 inches on July 14.
Average Monthly Rainfall in July
Over the course of July at Fairbanks International 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 3 hours, 8 minutes, implying an average daily decrease of 6 minutes, 15 seconds, and weekly decrease of 43 minutes, 47 seconds.
The shortest day of the month is July 31, with 18 hours, 18 minutes of daylight and the longest day is July 1, with 21 hours, 25 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight in July
The earliest sunrise of the month at Fairbanks International Airport is 3:11 AM on July 1 and the latest sunrise is 1 hour, 36 minutes later at 4:47 AM on July 31.
The latest sunset is 12:36 AM on July 1 and the earliest sunset is 1 hour, 32 minutes earlier at 11:05 PM on July 31.
Daylight saving time is observed at Fairbanks International Airport during 2019, but it neither starts nor ends during July, so the entire month is in daylight saving 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 in July
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 July, 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 July
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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 July, remaining within 0.1 miles per hour of 4.5 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.
The lowest daily average wind speed during July is 4.4 miles per hour on July 14.
Average Wind Speed in July
Wind Direction in July
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 July at Fairbanks International Airport is reliably fully within the growing season.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in July
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 increasing during July, increasing by 380°F, from 506°F to 886°F, over the course of the month.
Growing Degree Days in July
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 decreasing during July, falling by 1.0 kWh, from 5.6 kWh to 4.6 kWh, over the course of the month.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in July
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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