December Weather in Haines Alaska, United States
Daily high temperatures decrease by 3°F, from 32°F to 29°F, rarely falling below 13°F or exceeding 41°F.
Daily low temperatures decrease by 4°F, from 24°F to 20°F, rarely falling below 1°F or exceeding 35°F.
For reference, on July 8, the hottest day of the year, temperatures in Haines typically range from 52°F to 65°F, while on January 15, the coldest day of the year, they range from 19°F to 29°F.
Average High and Low Temperature in December in Haines
The figure below shows you a compact characterization of the hourly average temperatures for the quarter of the year centered on December. 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 December in Haines
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The month of December in Haines experiences essentially constant cloud cover, with the percentage of time that the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy remaining about 77% throughout the month.
The clearest day of the month is December 31, with clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy conditions 25% of the time.
For reference, on October 5, the cloudiest day of the year, the chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 81%, while on May 15, the clearest day of the year, the chance of clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy skies is 31%.
Cloud Cover Categories in December in Haines
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A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. In Haines, the chance of a wet day over the course of December is gradually decreasing, starting the month at 62% and ending it at 58%.
For reference, the year's highest daily chance of a wet day is 69% on October 10, and its lowest chance is 37% on June 23.
Over the course of December in Haines, the chance of a day with only rain decreases from 23% to 18%, the chance of a day with mixed snow and rain remains an essentially constant 22% throughout, and the chance of a day with only snow increases from 17% to 20%.
Probability of Precipitation in December in Haines
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 December in Haines is rapidly decreasing, starting the month at 6.8 inches, when it rarely exceeds 12.4 inches or falls below 2.4 inches, and ending the month at 5.5 inches, when it rarely exceeds 10.5 inches or falls below 1.7 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall in December in Haines
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 December in Haines is increasing, starting the month at 2.4 inches, when it rarely exceeds 4.2 inches or falls below 1.0 inches, and ending the month at 3.1 inches, when it rarely exceeds 4.8 inches or falls below 1.4 inches.
Average Monthly Liquid-Equivalent Snowfall in December in Haines
Over the course of December in Haines, the length of the day is gradually decreasing. From the start to the end of the month, the length of the day decreases by 23 minutes, implying an average daily decrease of 46 seconds, and weekly decrease of 5 minutes, 22 seconds.
The shortest day of the month is December 21, with 6 hours, 6 minutes of daylight and the longest day is December 1, with 6 hours, 38 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight in December in Haines
The earliest sunrise of the month in Haines is 8:31 AM on December 1 and the latest sunrise is 27 minutes later at 8:58 AM on December 27.
The earliest sunset is 3:01 PM on December 15 and the latest sunset is 11 minutes later at 3:12 PM on December 31.
Daylight saving time is observed in Haines during 2021, but it neither starts nor ends during December, so the entire month is in standard time.
For reference, on June 21, the longest day of the year, the Sun rises at 3:46 AM and sets 18 hours, 35 minutes later, at 10:21 PM, while on December 21, the shortest day of the year, it rises at 8:56 AM and sets 6 hours, 6 minutes later, at 3:03 PM.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time in December in Haines
The figure below presents a compact representation of key lunar data for December 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 December in Haines
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 Haines is essentially constant during December, remaining around 0% throughout.
Humidity Comfort Levels in December in Haines
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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 Haines is essentially constant during December, remaining within 0.2 miles per hour of 8.4 miles per hour throughout.
For reference, on January 1, the windiest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 8.6 miles per hour, while on May 31, the calmest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 4.0 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed in December in Haines
The wind direction in Haines during December is predominantly out of the south from December 1 to December 25 and the north from December 25 to December 31.
Wind Direction in December in Haines
Haines 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 Haines is essentially constant during December, remaining within 1°F of 43°F throughout.
Average Water Temperature in December in Haines
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 Haines typically lasts for 5.7 months (173 days), from around April 24 to around October 14, rarely starting before April 7 or after May 13, and rarely ending before September 24 or after November 3.
The month of December in Haines is reliably fully outside of the growing season.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in December in Haines
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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 Haines are essentially constant during December, remaining around 810°F throughout.
Growing Degree Days in December in Haines
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 Haines is essentially constant during December, remaining around 0.3 kWh throughout.
The lowest average daily incident shortwave solar energy during December is 0.2 kWh on December 22.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in December in Haines
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Haines are 59.236 deg latitude, -135.445 deg longitude, and 33 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Haines contains large variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 1,991 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 228 feet. Within 10 miles contains large variations in elevation (6,693 feet). Within 50 miles also contains extreme variations in elevation (8,848 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Haines is covered by water (54%) and trees (32%), within 10 miles by water (29%) and trees (26%), and within 50 miles by snow and glaciers (32%) and trees (17%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Haines, 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 4 weather stations near enough to contribute to our estimation of the temperature and dew point in Haines.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Haines 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 Haines is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Haines and a given station.
The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Haines Airport (PAHN, 93%, 3.7 kilometers, west); Skagway Airport (PAGY, 5%, 25 kilometers, north); Gustavus Airport (PAGS, 0.8%, 93 kilometers, south); and Juneau International Airport (PAJN, 0.6%, 110 kilometers, southeast).
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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We draw particular cautious attention to our reliance on the MERRA-2 model-based reconstructions for a number of important data series. While having the tremendous advantages of temporal and spatial completeness, these reconstructions: (1) are based on computer models that may have model-based errors, (2) are coarsely sampled on a 50 km grid and are therefore unable to reconstruct the local variations of many microclimates, and (3) have particular difficulty with the weather in some coastal areas, especially small islands.
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