Average Weather in Gorno-Altaysk Russia
In Gorno-Altaysk, the summers are comfortable and partly cloudy and the winters are long, frigid, snowy, and mostly cloudy. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 0°F to 79°F and is rarely below -16°F or above 90°F.
Based on the tourism score, the best time of year to visit Gorno-Altaysk for warm-weather activities is from late June to mid August.
The warm season lasts for 3.6 months, from May 24 to September 11, with an average daily high temperature above 67°F. The hottest day of the year is July 23, with an average high of 79°F and low of 58°F.
The cold season lasts for 3.8 months, from November 19 to March 11, with an average daily high temperature below 29°F. The coldest day of the year is January 31, with an average low of 0°F and high of 18°F.
Average High and Low Temperature
The figure below shows you a compact characterization of the entire year of hourly average temperatures. The horizontal axis is the day of the year, the vertical axis is the hour of the day, and the color is the average temperature for that hour and day.
Average Hourly Temperature
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In Gorno-Altaysk, the average percentage of the sky covered by clouds experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The clearer part of the year in Gorno-Altaysk begins around April 21 and lasts for 5.5 months, ending around October 3. On August 13, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 61% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 39% of the time.
The cloudier part of the year begins around October 3 and lasts for 6.6 months, ending around April 21. On January 1, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 72% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 28% of the time.
Cloud Cover Categories
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A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. The chance of wet days in Gorno-Altaysk varies significantly throughout the year.
The wetter season lasts 6.7 months, from April 10 to October 31, with a greater than 22% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 37% on July 13.
The drier season lasts 5.3 months, from October 31 to April 10. The smallest chance of a wet day is 6% on January 23.
Among wet days, we distinguish between those that experience rain alone, snow alone, or a mixture of the two. Based on this categorization, the most common form of precipitation in Gorno-Altaysk changes throughout the year.
Rain alone is the most common for 7.8 months, from March 18 to November 9. The highest chance of a day with rain alone is 37% on July 13.
Snow alone is the most common for 4.2 months, from November 9 to March 18. The highest chance of a day with snow alone is 14% on December 17.
Daily Chance of Precipitation
To show variation within the months and not just the monthly totals, we show the rainfall accumulated over a sliding 31-day period centered around each day of the year. Gorno-Altaysk experiences significant seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.
The rainy period of the year lasts for 7.6 months, from March 25 to November 13, with a sliding 31-day rainfall of at least 0.5 inches. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around June 5, with an average total accumulation of 2.5 inches.
The rainless period of the year lasts for 4.4 months, from November 13 to March 25. The least rain falls around January 15, with an average total accumulation of 0.0 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall
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. Colder, drier snow tends to be on the higher end of that range and warmer, wetter snow on the lower end.
As with rainfall, we consider the snowfall accumulated over a sliding 31-day period centered around each day of the year. Gorno-Altaysk experiences some seasonal variation in monthly liquid-equivalent snowfall.
The snowy period of the year lasts for 6.4 months, from October 12 to April 25, with a sliding 31-day liquid-equivalent snowfall of at least 0.1 inches. The most snow falls during the 31 days centered around December 3, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 0.5 inches.
The snowless period of the year lasts for 5.6 months, from April 25 to October 12. The least snow falls around July 16, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 0.0 inches.
Average Liquid-Equivalent Monthly Snowfall
The length of the day in Gorno-Altaysk varies extremely over the course of the year. In 2021, the shortest day is December 21, with 7 hours, 45 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 21, with 16 hours, 44 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight
The earliest sunrise is at 4:55 AM on June 17, and the latest sunrise is 4 hours, 28 minutes later at 9:24 AM on December 30. The earliest sunset is at 5:04 PM on December 13, and the latest sunset is 4 hours, 35 minutes later at 9:40 PM on June 24.
Daylight saving time (DST) is not observed in Gorno-Altaysk during 2021.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight
The figure below presents a compact representation of key lunar data for 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.
Moon Rise, Set & Phases
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 perceived humidity level in Gorno-Altaysk, as measured by the percentage of time in which the humidity comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable, does not vary significantly over the course of the year, staying within 1% of 1% throughout.
Humidity Comfort Levels
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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 Gorno-Altaysk experiences mild seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The windier part of the year lasts for 7.5 months, from October 7 to May 24, with average wind speeds of more than 5.4 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is December 12, with an average hourly wind speed of 6.7 miles per hour.
The calmer time of year lasts for 4.5 months, from May 24 to October 7. The calmest day of the year is July 17, with an average hourly wind speed of 4.1 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed
The predominant average hourly wind direction in Gorno-Altaysk varies throughout the year.
The wind is most often from the west for 2.8 months, from March 21 to June 15; for 1.1 months, from July 25 to August 27; and for 1.7 weeks, from September 1 to September 13, with a peak percentage of 41% on April 29. The wind is most often from the north for 1.3 months, from June 15 to July 25, with a peak percentage of 33% on July 2. The wind is most often from the south for 5.0 days, from August 27 to September 1 and for 6.3 months, from September 13 to March 21, with a peak percentage of 32% on August 31.
Best Time of Year to Visit
To characterize how pleasant the weather is in Gorno-Altaysk throughout the year, we compute two travel scores.
The tourism score favors clear, rainless days with perceived temperatures between 65°F and 80°F. Based on this score, the best time of year to visit Gorno-Altaysk for general outdoor tourist activities is from late June to mid August, with a peak score in the third week of July.
The beach/pool score favors clear, rainless days with perceived temperatures between 75°F and 90°F. Based on this score, the best time of year to visit Gorno-Altaysk for hot-weather activities is from late June to late July, with a peak score in the third week of July.
For each hour between 8:00 AM and 9:00 PM of each day in the analysis period (1980 to 2016), independent scores are computed for perceived temperature, cloud cover, and total precipitation. Those scores are combined into a single hourly composite score, which is then aggregated into days, averaged over all the years in the analysis period, and smoothed.
Our cloud cover score is 10 for fully clear skies, falling linearly to 9 for mostly clear skies, and to 1 for fully overcast skies.
Our precipitation score, which is based on the three-hour precipitation centered on the hour in question, is 10 for no precipitation, falling linearly to 9 for trace precipitation, and to 0 for 0.04 inches of precipitation or more.
Our tourism temperature score is 0 for perceived temperatures below 50°F, rising linearly to 9 for 65°F, to 10 for 75°F, falling linearly to 9 for 80°F, and to 1 for 90°F or hotter.
Our beach/pool temperature score is 0 for perceived temperatures below 65°F, rising linearly to 9 for 75°F, to 10 for 82°F, falling linearly to 9 for 90°F, and to 1 for 100°F or hotter.
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 Gorno-Altaysk typically lasts for 4.4 months (134 days), from around May 13 to around September 24, rarely starting before April 25 or after May 31, and rarely ending before September 9 or after October 10.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season
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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.
Based on growing degree days alone, the first spring blooms in Gorno-Altaysk should appear around May 6, only rarely appearing before April 26 or after May 17.
Growing Degree Days
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 experiences extreme seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The brighter period of the year lasts for 3.4 months, from May 2 to August 13, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 5.5 kWh. The brightest day of the year is June 19, with an average of 6.7 kWh.
The darker period of the year lasts for 3.7 months, from October 22 to February 14, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 2.0 kWh. The darkest day of the year is December 16, with an average of 0.8 kWh.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Gorno-Altaysk are 51.961 deg latitude, 85.919 deg longitude, and 932 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Gorno-Altaysk contains very significant variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 1,198 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 1,246 feet. Within 10 miles contains very significant variations in elevation (3,176 feet). Within 50 miles contains large variations in elevation (7,264 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Gorno-Altaysk is covered by trees (69%) and cropland (14%), within 10 miles by trees (61%) and grassland (29%), and within 50 miles by trees (67%) and grassland (18%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Gorno-Altaysk, based on a statistical analysis of historical hourly weather reports and model reconstructions from January 1, 1980 to December 31, 2016.
Gorno-Altaysk is further than 200 kilometers from the nearest reliable weather station, so the weather-related data on this page were taken entirely from NASA's MERRA-2 satellite-era reanalysis . 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.
The temperature and dew point estimates are corrected for the difference between the reference elevation of the MERRA-2 grid cell and the elevation of Gorno-Altaysk, according to the International Standard Atmosphere .
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.
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.
The information on this site is provided as is, without any assurances as to its accuracy or suitability for any purpose. Weather data is prone to errors, outages, and other defects. We assume no responsibility for any decisions made on the basis of the content presented on this site.
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.
We further caution that our travel scores are only as good as the data that underpin them, that weather conditions at any given location and time are unpredictable and variable, and that the definition of the scores reflects a particular set of preferences that may not agree with those of any particular reader.