Average Weather in October in Sitka Alaska, United States
Daily high temperatures decrease by 7°F, from 54°F to 47°F, rarely falling below 41°F or exceeding 58°F.
Daily low temperatures decrease by 7°F, from 46°F to 40°F, rarely falling below 33°F or exceeding 52°F.
For reference, on August 10, the hottest day of the year, temperatures in Sitka typically range from 54°F to 62°F, while on February 23, the coldest day of the year, they range from 33°F to 41°F.
Average High and Low Temperature in October
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
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The month of October in Sitka experiences essentially constant cloud cover, with the percentage of time that the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy remaining about 74% throughout the month.
The clearest day of the month is October 1, with clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy conditions 27% of the time.
For reference, on January 25, the cloudiest day of the year, the chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 79%, while on August 11, the clearest day of the year, the chance of clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy skies is 38%.
Cloud Cover Categories in October
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A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. In Sitka, the chance of a wet day over the course of October is essentially constant, remaining around 70% throughout.
For reference, the year's highest daily chance of a wet day is 71% on October 30, and its lowest chance is 36% on June 20.
Over the course of October in Sitka, the chance of a day with only rain remains an essentially constant 70% 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 remains an essentially constant 0% throughout.
Probability of Precipitation in October
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 in Sitka is decreasing, starting the month at 12.2 inches, when it rarely exceeds 16.5 inches or falls below 8.3 inches, and ending the month at 11.2 inches, when it rarely exceeds 15.5 inches or falls below 6.8 inches.
The highest average 31-day accumulation is 12.4 inches on October 8.
Average Monthly Rainfall in October
Over the course of October in Sitka, 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 2 hours, 21 minutes, implying an average daily decrease of 4 minutes, 43 seconds, and weekly decrease of 32 minutes, 58 seconds.
The shortest day of the month is October 31, with 9 hours, 6 minutes of daylight and the longest day is October 1, with 11 hours, 27 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight in October
The earliest sunrise of the month in Sitka is 7:06 AM on October 1 and the latest sunrise is 1 hour, 5 minutes later at 8:11 AM on October 31.
The latest sunset is 6:33 PM on October 1 and the earliest sunset is 1 hour, 16 minutes earlier at 5:17 PM on October 31.
Daylight saving time is observed in Sitka during 2020, but it neither starts nor ends during October, so the entire month is in daylight saving time.
For reference, on June 20, the longest day of the year, the Sun rises at 4:05 AM and sets 17 hours, 54 minutes later, at 10:00 PM, while on December 21, the shortest day of the year, it rises at 8:38 AM and sets 6 hours, 42 minutes later, at 3:20 PM.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time in October
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 Sitka is essentially constant during October, remaining around 0% throughout.
For reference, on August 28, 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
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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 in Sitka is increasing during October, increasing from 11.7 miles per hour to 13.1 miles per hour over the course of the month.
For reference, on December 5, the windiest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 13.9 miles per hour, while on July 17, the calmest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 7.8 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed in October
The hourly average wind direction in Sitka throughout October is predominantly from the south, with a peak proportion of 43% on October 4.
Wind Direction in October
Sitka 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 Sitka is gradually decreasing during October, falling by 3°F, from 51°F to 48°F, over the course of the month.
Average Water Temperature in October
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 in Sitka typically lasts for 6.8 months (209 days), from around April 8 to around November 3, rarely starting before March 20 or after April 27, and rarely ending before October 12 or after November 26.
The month of October in Sitka is more likely than not fully within the growing season, with the chance that a given day is in the growing season rapidly decreasing from 97% to 56% over the course of the month.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in October
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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 in Sitka are essentially constant during October, remaining within 11°F of 679°F throughout.
Growing Degree Days in October
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 Sitka is gradually decreasing during October, falling by 0.9 kWh, from 1.7 kWh to 0.8 kWh, over the course of the month.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in October
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Sitka are 57.053 deg latitude, -135.331 deg longitude, and 30 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Sitka contains large variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 2,411 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 274 feet. Within 10 miles contains large variations in elevation (4,806 feet). Within 50 miles also contains extreme variations in elevation (58,976 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Sitka is covered by trees (49%), water (37%), and sparse vegetation (12%), within 10 miles by water (45%) and trees (39%), and within 50 miles by water (61%) and trees (27%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Sitka 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 are 3 weather stations near enough to contribute to our estimation of the temperature and dew point in Sitka.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Sitka according to the International Standard Atmosphere , and by the relative change present in the MERRA-2 satellite-era reanalysis between the two locations.
The estimated value at Sitka is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Sitka and a given station.
The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Sitka Rocky Gutierrez Airport (99%, 2.1 kilometers, west); Angoon Seaplane Base (0.6%, 67 kilometers, northeast); and Kake Airport (0.4%, 87 kilometers, east).
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 airports 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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