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Average Weather in August in Barrow Alaska, United States

Daily high temperatures decrease by 6°F, from 47°F to 41°F, rarely falling below 33°F or exceeding 59°F.

Daily low temperatures decrease by 3°F, from 36°F to 33°F, rarely falling below 27°F or exceeding 44°F.

For reference, on July 27, the hottest day of the year, temperatures in Barrow typically range from 36°F to 47°F, while on January 25, the coldest day of the year, they range from -19°F to -8°F.

Average High and Low Temperature in August

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 August. 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 August

Average Hourly Temperature in August in Barrow18152229112233445566778899101011111212131314141515161617171818191920202121222223232424252526262727282829293030313112 AM4 AM8 AM12 PM4 PM8 PM12 AMJulSepfreezingvery 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 (4,470 miles away); Tosontsengel, Mongolia (3,381 miles); and McMurdo Station, Antarctica (10,421 miles) are the far-away foreign places with temperatures most similar to Barrow (view comparison).


The month of August in Barrow experiences essentially constant cloud cover, with the percentage of time that the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy remaining about 78% throughout the month.

The clearest day of the month is August 23, with clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy conditions 23% of the time.

For reference, on January 22, the cloudiest day of the year, the chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 96%, while on June 11, the clearest day of the year, the chance of clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy skies is 30%.

Cloud Cover Categories in August

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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.


A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. In Barrow, the chance of a wet day over the course of August is decreasing, starting the month at 21% and ending it at 16%.

For reference, the year's highest daily chance of a wet day is 21% on August 4, and its lowest chance is 1% on March 21.

Probability of Precipitation in August

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).


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 August in Barrow is gradually decreasing, starting the month at 1.1 inches, when it rarely exceeds 1.9 inches or falls below 0.4 inches, and ending the month at 0.8 inches, when it rarely exceeds 1.4 inches or falls below 0.1 inches.

The highest average 31-day accumulation is 1.1 inches on August 4.

Average Monthly Rainfall in August

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.


Due to its extreme latitude, Barrow 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 in Barrow during 2019, the Sun is continuously above the horizon for 2.7 months, rising at 2:28 AM on May 11, and not setting again until 2:10 AM on August 2. As such, August begins the month in polar day, which ends before the month is out.

The shortest day of the month is August 31, with 15 hours, 53 minutes of daylight.

Hours of Daylight and Twilight in August

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 in Barrow is 2:57 AM on August 2 and the latest sunrise is 3 hours, 32 minutes later at 6:29 AM on August 31.

The latest sunset is 2:10 AM on August 1 and the earliest sunset is 3 hours, 49 minutes earlier at 10:22 PM on August 31.

Daylight saving time is observed in Barrow during 2019, but it neither starts nor ends during August, so the entire month is in daylight saving time.

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight in August

The solar day over the course of August. 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.


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 in Barrow is essentially constant during August, remaining around 0% throughout.

Humidity Comfort Levels in August

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.


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 in Barrow is gradually increasing during August, increasing from 11.1 miles per hour to 11.9 miles per hour over the course of the month.

For reference, on January 10, the windiest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 14.1 miles per hour, while on July 1, the calmest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 10.5 miles per hour.

Average Wind Speed in August

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 in Barrow throughout August is predominantly from the east, with a peak proportion of 43% on August 31.

Wind Direction in August

Wind Direction in August in Barrow1815222911223344556677889910101111121213131414151516161717181819192020212122222323242425252626272728282929303031310%100%20%80%40%60%60%40%80%20%100%0%JulSepwesteastnorthsouth
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

Barrow 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 in Barrow is essentially constant during August, remaining around 35°F throughout.

The highest average surface water temperature during August is 36°F on August 23.

Average Water Temperature in August

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).

Temperatures in Barrow are sufficiently cold year round that it is not entirely meaningful to discuss the growing season in these terms. We nevertheless include the chart below as an illustration of the distribution of temperatures experienced throughout the year.

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

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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 in Barrow are essentially constant during August, remaining within 6°F of 25°F throughout.

Growing Degree Days in August

The average growing degree days accumulated over the course of August, 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 in Barrow is decreasing during August, falling by 1.5 kWh, from 3.7 kWh to 2.2 kWh, over the course of the month.

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in August

The average daily shortwave solar energy reaching the ground per square meter (orange line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.


For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Barrow are 71.291 deg latitude, -156.789 deg longitude, and 3 ft elevation.

The topography within 2 miles of Barrow is essentially flat, with a maximum elevation change of 56 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 13 feet. Within 10 miles is also essentially flat (79 feet). Within 50 miles is essentially flat (108 feet).

The area within 2 miles of Barrow is covered by water (52%), sparse vegetation (21%), grassland (14%), and bare soil (12%), within 10 miles by water (64%) and grassland (20%), and within 50 miles by water (74%) and herbaceous vegetation (10%).

Data Sources

This report illustrates the typical weather in Barrow 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

There is only a single weather station, Wiley Post-Will Rogers Memorial Airport, in our network suitable to be used as a proxy for the historical temperature and dew point records of Barrow.

At a distance of 1 kilometers from Barrow, closer than our threshold of 150 kilometers, this station is deemed sufficiently nearby to be relied upon as our primary source for temperature and dew point records.

The station records are corrected for the elevation difference between the station and Barrow according to the International Standard Atmosphere , and by the relative change present in the MERRA-2 satellite-era reanalysis between the two locations.

Please note that the station records themselves may additionally have been back-filled using other nearby stations or the MERRA-2 reanalysis.

Other Data

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.

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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