Average Weather in May at Upernavik Airport Greenland
Daily high temperatures increase by 13°F, from 22°F to 35°F, rarely falling below 11°F or exceeding 43°F.
Daily low temperatures increase by 16°F, from 14°F to 30°F, rarely falling below 4°F or exceeding 36°F.
For reference, on July 24, the hottest day of the year, temperatures at Upernavik Airport typically range from 42°F to 48°F, while on February 28, the coldest day of the year, they range from -10°F to -1°F.
Average High and Low Temperature in May
The figure below shows you a compact characterization of the hourly average temperatures for the quarter of the year centered on May. 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 May
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The month of May at Upernavik Airport experiences decreasing cloud cover, with the percentage of time that the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy decreasing from 60% to 51%.
The clearest day of the month is May 30, with clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy conditions 49% of the time.
For reference, on January 1, the cloudiest day of the year, the chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 81%, while on June 2, the clearest day of the year, the chance of clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy skies is 49%.
Cloud Cover Categories in May
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A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. At Upernavik Airport, the chance of a wet day over the course of May is essentially constant, remaining around 11% throughout.
For reference, the year's highest daily chance of a wet day is 24% on August 7, and its lowest chance is 4% on February 13.
Over the course of May at Upernavik Airport, the chance of a day with only rain increases from 2% to 8%, the chance of a day with mixed snow and rain remains an essentially constant 2% throughout, and the chance of a day with only snow decreases from 5% to 2%.
Probability of Precipitation in May
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 May at Upernavik Airport is gradually increasing, starting the month at 0.2 inches, when it rarely exceeds 0.6 inches, and ending the month at 0.6 inches, when it rarely exceeds 1.5 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall in May
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 May at Upernavik Airport is essentially constant, remaining about 0.2 inches throughout, and rarely exceeding 0.8 inches or falling to 0.0 inches.
Average Monthly Liquid-Equivalent Snowfall in May
Due to its extreme latitude, Upernavik 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.
In the summer at Upernavik Airport during 2021, the Sun is continuously above the horizon for 3.0 months, rising at 2:01 AM on May 5, and not setting again until 1:48 AM on August 7. As such, polar day begins in May and lasts beyond the end of the month.
The shortest day of the month is May 1, with 21 hours, 11 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight in May
The latest sunrise of the month at Upernavik Airport is 3:11 AM on May 1 and the earliest sunrise is 1 hour, 10 minutes earlier at 2:01 AM on May 5.
The earliest sunset is 12:22 AM on May 1 and the latest sunset is 58 minutes later at 1:19 AM on May 4.
Daylight saving time is observed at Upernavik Airport during 2021, but it neither starts nor ends during May, so the entire month is in daylight saving time.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight in May
The figure below presents a compact representation of key lunar data for May 2021. The horizontal axis is the day, the vertical axis is the hour of the day, and the colored areas indicate when the moon is above the horizon. The vertical gray bars (new Moons) and blue bars (full Moons) indicate key Moon phases. The label associated with each bar indicates the date and time that the phase is obtained, and the companion time labels indicate the rise and set times of the Moon for the nearest time interval in which the moon is above the horizon.
Moon Rise, Set & Phases in May
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 Upernavik Airport is essentially constant during May, remaining around 0% throughout.
Humidity Comfort Levels in May
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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 Upernavik Airport is essentially constant during May, remaining within 0.3 miles per hour of 7.3 miles per hour throughout.
For reference, on November 10, the windiest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 11.4 miles per hour, while on July 13, the calmest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 6.7 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed in May
The hourly average wind direction at Upernavik Airport throughout May is predominantly from the north, with a peak proportion of 41% on May 29.
Wind Direction in May
Upernavik 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 Upernavik Airport is gradually increasing during May, rising by 2°F, from 30°F to 32°F, over the course of the month.
Average Water Temperature in May
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 Upernavik Airport typically lasts for 2.7 months (81 days), from around June 19 to around September 8, rarely starting before May 30 or after July 18, and rarely ending before August 14 or after September 28.
The month of May at Upernavik Airport is more likely than not fully outside of the growing season, with the chance that a given day is in the growing season increasing from 0% to 12% over the course of the month.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in May
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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 Upernavik Airport are essentially constant during May, remaining around 0°F throughout.
Growing Degree Days in May
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 Upernavik Airport is rapidly increasing during May, rising by 1.7 kWh, from 4.4 kWh to 6.1 kWh, over the course of the month.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in May
This report illustrates the typical weather at Upernavik Airport, 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
Upernavik 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.There are no other weather stations in our network within 200 kilometers of this location. Consequently, in the case of missing or erroneous measurements from this station, we fall back on NASA's MERRA-2 modern-era reanalysis , adjusted according to typical seasonal and diurnal differences between this station and the wide-area MERRA-2 reconstructed values.
All data relating to the Sun's position (e.g., sunrise and sunset) are computed using astronomical formulas from the book, Astronomical Algorithms 2nd Edition , 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.
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