Average Weather at Bob Baker Memorial Airport Alaska, United States
At Bob Baker Memorial Airport, the summers are cool and mostly cloudy and the winters are long, frigid, snowy, windy, and partly cloudy. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from -10°F to 67°F and is rarely below -38°F or above 78°F.
Based on the tourism score, the best time of year to visit Bob Baker Memorial Airport for warm-weather activities is from late June to late July.
The warm season lasts for 3.3 months, from May 25 to September 4, with an average daily high temperature above 55°F. The hottest day of the year is July 1, with an average high of 67°F and low of 49°F.
The cold season lasts for 4.2 months, from November 9 to March 14, with an average daily high temperature below 16°F. The coldest day of the year is January 20, with an average low of -10°F and high of 3°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
On June 5, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 47% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 53% of the time.
On August 1, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 63% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 37% of the time.
Cloud Cover Categories
A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. The chance of wet days at Bob Baker Memorial Airport varies throughout the year.
The wetter season lasts 2.9 months, from July 1 to September 29, with a greater than 22% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 37% on August 10.
The drier season lasts 9.1 months, from September 29 to July 1. The smallest chance of a wet day is 8% on March 19.
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 at Bob Baker Memorial Airport changes throughout the year.
Rain alone is the most common for 6.1 months, from April 15 to October 19. The highest chance of a day with rain alone is 37% on August 10.
Snow alone is the most common for 5.8 months, from October 19 to April 15. The highest chance of a day with snow alone is 16% on December 31.
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. Bob Baker Memorial Airport experiences significant seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.
The rainy period of the year lasts for 6.1 months, from April 20 to October 25, with a sliding 31-day rainfall of at least 0.5 inches. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around August 12, with an average total accumulation of 2.9 inches.
The rainless period of the year lasts for 5.9 months, from October 25 to April 20. The least rain falls around December 23, 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. Bob Baker Memorial Airport experiences some seasonal variation in monthly liquid-equivalent snowfall.
The snowy period of the year lasts for 7.8 months, from September 17 to May 11, with a sliding 31-day liquid-equivalent snowfall of at least 0.1 inches. The most snow falls during the 31 days centered around November 21, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 1.0 inches.
The snowless period of the year lasts for 4.2 months, from May 11 to September 17. The least snow falls around July 16, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 0.0 inches.
Average Liquid-Equivalent Monthly Snowfall
Due to its extreme latitude, Bob Baker Memorial Airport 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 at Bob Baker Memorial Airport during 2018, the Sun is continuously above the horizon for 1.3 months, rising at 3:01 AM on June 1, and not setting again until 2:24 AM on July 11.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight
Daylight saving time (DST) is observed at Bob Baker Memorial Airport during 2018, starting in the spring on March 11, lasting 7.8 months, and ending in the fall on November 4.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time
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 at Bob Baker Memorial Airport, 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, remaining a virtually constant 0% throughout.
Humidity Comfort Levels
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 at Bob Baker Memorial Airport experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The windier part of the year lasts for 5.8 months, from October 20 to April 12, with average wind speeds of more than 10.7 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is January 9, with an average hourly wind speed of 14.2 miles per hour.
The calmer time of year lasts for 6.2 months, from April 12 to October 20. The calmest day of the year is June 22, with an average hourly wind speed of 7.1 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed
The predominant average hourly wind direction at Bob Baker Memorial Airport varies throughout the year.
The wind is most often from the west for 2.6 months, from May 27 to August 16, with a peak percentage of 42% on June 27. The wind is most often from the east for 9.4 months, from August 16 to May 27, with a peak percentage of 61% on January 1.
Bob Baker Memorial Airport 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 water temperature experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The time of year with warmer water lasts for 1.6 months, from July 27 to September 14, with an average temperature above 46°F. The day of the year with the warmest water is August 19, with an average temperature of 50°F.
The time of year with cooler water lasts for 7.5 months, from October 24 to June 8, with an average temperature below 33°F. The day of the year with the coolest water is January 16, with an average temperature of 29°F.
Average Water Temperature
Best Time of Year to Visit
To characterize how pleasant the weather is at Bob Baker Memorial Airport 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 Bob Baker Memorial Airport for general outdoor tourist activities is from late June to late July, with a peak score in the second 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 Bob Baker Memorial Airport for hot-weather activities is from late June to mid July, with a peak score in the first 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 at Bob Baker Memorial Airport typically lasts for 3.1 months (95 days), from around June 1 to around September 3, rarely starting before May 14 or after June 20, and rarely ending before August 16 or after September 24.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season
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 at Bob Baker Memorial Airport should appear around June 11, only rarely appearing before June 2 or after June 22.
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 2.7 months, from May 1 to July 23, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 4.7 kWh. The brightest day of the year is June 18, with an average of 5.9 kWh.
The darker period of the year lasts for 4.8 months, from October 8 to March 2, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 1.2 kWh. The darkest day of the year is December 22, with an average of 0.0 kWh.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Bob Baker Memorial Airport are 66.975 deg latitude, -160.440 deg longitude, and 95 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Bob Baker Memorial Airport contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 410 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 127 feet. Within 10 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (2,192 feet). Within 50 miles contains large variations in elevation (4,094 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Bob Baker Memorial Airport is covered by herbaceous vegetation (58%) and shrubs (29%), within 10 miles by shrubs (56%) and herbaceous vegetation (27%), and within 50 miles by shrubs (49%) and water (16%).
This report illustrates the typical weather at Bob Baker Memorial Airport, 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
Bob Baker Memorial Airport has a weather station that reported reliably enough during the analysis period that we have included it in our network. When available, historical temperature and dew point measurements are taken directly from this weather station. These records are obtained from NOAA's Integrated Surface Hourly data set, falling back on ICAO METAR records as required.
In the case of missing or erroneous measurements from this station, we fall back on records from nearby stations, adjusted according to typical seasonal and diurnal intra-station differences. For a given day of the year and hour of the day, the fallback station is selected to minimize the prediction error over the years for which there are measurements for both stations.
The stations on which we may fall back are Selawik Airport, Robert (Bob) Curtis Memorial Airport, Buckland Airport, Ralph Wien Memorial Airport, Deering Airport, Ambler Airport, Noatak Airport, and Shungnak Airport.
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.
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.