Average Weather in October in Kotzebue Alaska, United States
Daily high temperatures decrease by 18°F, from 39°F to 21°F, rarely falling below 8°F or exceeding 46°F.
Daily low temperatures decrease by 18°F, from 31°F to 13°F, rarely falling below -1°F or exceeding 39°F.
For reference, on July 14, the hottest day of the year, temperatures in Kotzebue typically range from 51°F to 60°F, while on January 20, the coldest day of the year, they range from -8°F to 4°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
Terskol, Russia (4,717 miles away); Nizhniy Odes, Russia (3,230 miles); and Langepas, Russia (3,119 miles) are the far-away foreign places with temperatures most similar to Kotzebue (view comparison).
The month of October in Kotzebue experiences essentially constant cloud cover, with the percentage of time that the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy remaining about 56% throughout the month. The lowest chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 55% on October 6.
The clearest day of the month is October 6, with clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy conditions 45% of the time.
For reference, on January 10, the cloudiest day of the year, the chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 67%, while on May 28, the clearest day of the year, the chance of clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy skies is 45%.
Cloud Cover Categories in October
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. In Kotzebue, the chance of a wet day over the course of October is decreasing, starting the month at 19% and ending it at 15%.
For reference, the year's highest daily chance of a wet day is 32% on August 10, and its lowest chance is 6% on March 18.
Over the course of October in Kotzebue, the chance of a day with only rain decreases from 16% to 3%, 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 increases from 2% to 9%.
Probability of Precipitation in October
The average sliding 31-day rainfall during October in Kotzebue is decreasing, starting the month at 1.1 inches, when it rarely exceeds 2.1 inches or falls below 0.2 inches, and ending the month at 0.3 inches, when it rarely exceeds 0.7 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall in October
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 October in Kotzebue is gradually increasing, starting the month at 0.1 inches, when it rarely exceeds 0.4 inches, and ending the month at 0.6 inches, when it rarely exceeds 1.3 inches.
Average Monthly Liquid-Equivalent Snowfall in October
Due to its extreme latitude, Kotzebue experiences polar day (also known as the midnight Sun) during the summer. 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.
Neither polar day nor polar night occur during the month of October.
Over the course of October in Kotzebue, 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, 45 minutes, implying an average daily decrease of 7 minutes, 30 seconds, and weekly decrease of 52 minutes, 27 seconds.
The shortest day of the month is October 31, with 7 hours, 23 minutes of daylight and the longest day is October 1, with 11 hours, 8 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight in October
The earliest sunrise of the month in Kotzebue is 9:04 AM on October 1 and the latest sunrise is 1 hour, 47 minutes later at 10:51 AM on October 31.
The latest sunset is 8:13 PM on October 1 and the earliest sunset is 1 hour, 58 minutes earlier at 6:15 PM on October 31.
Daylight saving time is observed in Kotzebue during 2020, but it neither starts nor ends during October, so the entire month is in daylight saving time.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time in October
The chance that a given day will be muggy in Kotzebue is essentially constant during October, remaining around 0% throughout.
For reference, on June 23, 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
dry 55°F comfortable 60°F humid 65°F muggy 70°F oppressive 75°F miserable
The average hourly wind speed in Kotzebue is increasing during October, increasing from 12.0 miles per hour to 13.6 miles per hour over the course of the month.
For reference, on December 29, the windiest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 14.8 miles per hour, while on June 18, the calmest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 7.3 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed in October
The hourly average wind direction in Kotzebue throughout October is predominantly from the east, with a peak proportion of 61% on October 31.
Wind Direction in October
Kotzebue 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 Kotzebue is rapidly decreasing during October, falling by 8°F, from 41°F to 32°F, over the course of the month.
Average Water Temperature in October
The growing season in Kotzebue typically lasts for 3.6 months (109 days), from around June 4 to around September 21, rarely starting before May 17 or after June 21, and rarely ending before September 1 or after October 9.
The month of October in Kotzebue is more likely than not fully outside of the growing season, with the chance that a given day is in the growing season rapidly decreasing from 25% to 0% over the course of the month.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in October
The average accumulated growing degree days in Kotzebue are essentially constant during October, remaining around 363°F throughout.
Growing Degree Days in October
The average daily incident shortwave solar energy in Kotzebue is gradually decreasing during October, falling by 1.0 kWh, from 1.4 kWh to 0.4 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 Kotzebue are 66.898 deg latitude, -162.598 deg longitude, and 0 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Kotzebue contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 121 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 13 feet. Within 10 miles also contains only modest variations in elevation (305 feet). Within 50 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (3,130 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Kotzebue is covered by water (73%), sparse vegetation (13%), and shrubs (11%), within 10 miles by water (67%) and shrubs (17%), and within 50 miles by water (53%) and shrubs (23%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Kotzebue 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 Kotzebue.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Kotzebue 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 Kotzebue is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Kotzebue and a given station.
The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Ralph Wien Memorial Airport (98%, 3.8 kilometers, southwest); Robert (Bob) Curtis Memorial Airport (1.3%, 70 kilometers, east); and Noatak Airport (1.1%, 76 kilometers, north).
Time zones for aiports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .