Average Weather in July in Kotzebue Alaska, United States
Daily high temperatures are around 59°F, rarely falling below 48°F or exceeding 70°F. The highest daily average high temperature is 60°F on July 15.
Daily low temperatures increase by 3°F, from 48°F to 51°F, rarely falling below 40°F or exceeding 58°F. The highest daily average low temperature is 51°F on July 20.
For reference, on July 15, 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 July
The figure below shows you a compact characterization of the hourly average temperatures for the quarter of the year centered on July. 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 July
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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 July in Kotzebue experiences essentially constant cloud cover, with the percentage of time that the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy remaining about 60% throughout the month.
The clearest day of the month is July 1, with clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy conditions 42% 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 29, the clearest day of the year, the chance of clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy skies is 45%.
Cloud Cover Categories in July
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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 July is very rapidly increasing, starting the month at 18% and ending it at 30%.
For reference, the year's highest daily chance of a wet day is 32% on August 11, and its lowest chance is 6% on March 19.
Probability of Precipitation in July
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 July in Kotzebue is rapidly increasing, starting the month at 1.2 inches, when it rarely exceeds 2.1 inches or falls below 0.3 inches, and ending the month at 2.2 inches, when it rarely exceeds 4.2 inches or falls below 0.8 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall in July
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.
In the summer in Kotzebue during 2018, the Sun is continuously above the horizon for 1.2 months, rising at 3:02 AM on June 2, and not setting again until 2:41 AM on July 10. As such, July begins the month in polar day, which ends before the month is out.
The shortest day of the month is July 31, with 19 hours, 9 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight in July
The earliest sunrise of the month in Kotzebue is 3:10 AM on July 10 and the latest sunrise is 2 hours, 10 minutes later at 5:20 AM on July 31.
The latest sunset is 2:41 AM on July 9 and the earliest sunset is 2 hours, 12 minutes earlier at 12:29 AM on July 31.
Daylight saving time is observed in Kotzebue during 2018, but it neither starts nor ends during July, so the entire month is in daylight saving time.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight in July
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 Kotzebue is essentially constant during July, remaining around 0% throughout.
For reference, on June 24, 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 July
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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 Kotzebue is increasing during July, increasing from 7.4 miles per hour to 8.6 miles per hour over the course of the month.
For reference, on December 30, the windiest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 14.8 miles per hour, while on June 19, the calmest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 7.3 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed in July
Wind Direction in July
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 increasing during July, rising by 9°F, from 38°F to 47°F, over the course of the month.
Average Water Temperature in July
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 Kotzebue typically lasts for 3.6 months (109 days), from around June 5 to around September 22, rarely starting before May 18 or after June 22, and rarely ending before September 2 or after October 10.
The month of July in Kotzebue is reliably fully within the growing season.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in July
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 Kotzebue are gradually increasing during July, increasing by 161°F, from 71°F to 232°F, over the course of the month.
Growing Degree Days in July
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 Kotzebue is decreasing during July, falling by 1.3 kWh, from 5.7 kWh to 4.4 kWh, over the course of the month.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in July
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).
All data relating to the Sun's position (e.g., sunrise and sunset) are computed using astronomical formulas from the book, Astronomical Tables of the Sun, Moon and Planets , 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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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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