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Average Weather at King Salmon Airport Alaska, United States

At King Salmon Airport, the summers are cool and mostly cloudy and the winters are long, freezing, windy, and partly cloudy. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 11°F to 64°F and is rarely below -19°F or above 73°F.

Climate Summary

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Based on the tourism score, the best time of year to visit King Salmon Airport for warm-weather activities is from mid July to mid August.

Temperature

The warm season lasts for 3.7 months, from May 24 to September 13, with an average daily high temperature above 57°F. The hottest day of the year is July 26, with an average high of 64°F and low of 49°F.

The cold season lasts for 4.0 months, from November 12 to March 11, with an average daily high temperature below 33°F. The coldest day of the year is January 18, with an average low of 11°F and high of 25°F.

Average High and Low Temperature

The daily average high (red line) and low (blue line) temperature, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands. The thin dotted lines are the corresponding average perceived temperatures.

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

Average Hourly Temperature at King Salmon AirportJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec12 AM4 AM8 AM12 PM4 PM8 PM12 AMfreezingfreezingvery coldcoldcoolvery cold
The average hourly temperature, color coded into bands: frigid < 15°F < freezing < 32°F < very cold < 45°F < cold < 55°F < cool < 65°F < comfortable < 75°F < warm < 85°F < hot < 95°F < sweltering. The shaded overlays indicate night and civil twilight.

Vinstra, Norway (4,099 miles away) is the far-away foreign place with temperatures most similar to King Salmon Airport (view comparison).

Clouds

At King Salmon Airport, the average percentage of the sky covered by clouds experiences mild seasonal variation over the course of the year.

The clearer part of the year at King Salmon Airport begins around September 5 and lasts for 2.6 months, ending around November 22. On October 16, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 46% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 54% of the time.

The cloudier part of the year begins around November 22 and lasts for 9.4 months, ending around September 5. On July 6, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 65% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 35% of the time.

Cloud Cover Categories

Cloud Cover Categories at King Salmon AirportclearercloudiercloudierJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%Oct 1646%Oct 1646%Jul 635%Jul 635%Sep 540%Sep 540%Nov 2241%Nov 2241%clearmostly clearpartly cloudymostly cloudyovercast
The percentage of time spent in each cloud cover band, categorized by the percentage of the sky covered by clouds: clear < 20% < mostly clear < 40% < partly cloudy < 60% < mostly cloudy < 80% < overcast.

Precipitation

A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. The chance of wet days at King Salmon Airport varies throughout the year.

The wetter season lasts 4.7 months, from July 3 to November 26, with a greater than 29% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 41% on September 7.

The drier season lasts 7.3 months, from November 26 to July 3. The smallest chance of a wet day is 17% on March 16.

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 throughout the year is rain alone, with a peak probability of 41% on September 7.

Daily Chance of Precipitation

Daily Chance of Precipitation at King Salmon AirportwetdrydryJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%10%20%30%40%50%60%70%80%90%100%Sep 741%Sep 741%Mar 1617%Mar 1617%Jan 127%Jan 127%Jul 329%Jul 329%rainsnowmixed
The percentage of days in which various types of precipitation are observed, excluding trace quantities: rain alone, snow alone, and mixed (both rain and snow fell in the same day).

Rainfall

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. King Salmon Airport experiences significant seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.

Rain falls throughout the year at King Salmon Airport. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around September 10, with an average total accumulation of 3.1 inches.

The least rain falls around March 15, with an average total accumulation of 0.6 inches.

Average Monthly Rainfall

Average Monthly Rainfall at King Salmon AirportJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 in1 in2 in3 in4 in5 inSep 103.1 inSep 103.1 inMar 150.6 inMar 150.6 in
The average rainfall (solid line) accumulated over the course of a sliding 31-day period centered on the day in question, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands. The thin dotted line is the corresponding average liquid-equivalent snowfall.

Snowfall

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. King Salmon Airport experiences some seasonal variation in monthly liquid-equivalent snowfall.

The snowy period of the year lasts for 6.4 months, from October 9 to April 21, 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 8, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 0.5 inches.

The snowless period of the year lasts for 5.6 months, from April 21 to October 9. The least snow falls around July 22, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 0.0 inches.

Average Liquid-Equivalent Monthly Snowfall

Average Liquid-Equivalent Monthly Snowfall at King Salmon AirportsnowsnowJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0.0 in0.5 in1.0 in1.5 in2.0 in2.5 in3.0 in3.5 inDec 80.5 inDec 80.5 inJul 220.0 inJul 220.0 inJan 170.5 inJan 170.5 inOct 90.1 inOct 90.1 inApr 210.1 inApr 210.1 in
The average liquid-equivalent snowfall (solid line) accumulated over the course of a sliding 31-day period centered on the day in question, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands. The thin dotted line is the corresponding average rainfall.

Sun

The length of the day at King Salmon Airport varies extremely over the course of the year. In 2017, the shortest day is December 21, with 6 hours, 16 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 20, with 18 hours, 24 minutes of daylight.

Hours of Daylight and Twilight

Hours of Daylight and Twilight at King Salmon AirportJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 hr24 hr4 hr20 hr8 hr16 hr12 hr12 hr16 hr8 hr20 hr4 hr24 hr0 hr12 hr, 10 minMar 2012 hr, 10 minMar 2018 hr, 24 minJun 2018 hr, 24 minJun 2012 hr, 12 minSep 2212 hr, 12 minSep 226 hr, 16 minDec 216 hr, 16 minDec 21nightnightday
The number of hours during which the Sun is visible (black line). From bottom (most yellow) to top (most gray), the color bands indicate: full daylight, twilight (civil, nautical, and astronomical), and full night.

The earliest sunrise is at 5:16 AM on June 18, and the latest sunrise is 5 hours, 2 minutes later at 10:18 AM on December 27. The earliest sunset is at 4:31 PM on December 15, and the latest sunset is 7 hours, 9 minutes later at 11:40 PM on June 23.

Daylight saving time (DST) is observed at King Salmon Airport during 2017, starting in the spring on March 12, lasting 7.8 months, and ending in the fall on November 5.

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time at King Salmon AirportJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec2 AM4 AM6 AM8 AM10 AM12 PM2 PM4 PM6 PM8 PM10 PM12 AM2 AMJun 185:16 AMJun 185:16 AM11:40 PMJun 2311:40 PMJun 23Dec 154:31 PMDec 154:31 PM10:18 AMDec 2710:18 AMDec 27Mar 12DSTMar 12DSTDSTNov 5DSTNov 5daynightnightnightnightSolarMidnightSolarMidnightSolarNoonSunriseSunset
The solar day over the course of the year 2017. From bottom to top, the black lines are the previous solar midnight, sunrise, solar noon, sunset, and the next solar midnight. The day, twilights (civil, nautical, and astronomical), and night are indicated by the color bands from yellow to gray. The transitions to and from daylight saving time are indicated by the 'DST' labels.

Humidity

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 King Salmon 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

Humidity Comfort Levels at King Salmon AirportJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%10%20%30%40%50%60%70%80%90%100%Feb 240%Feb 240%Aug 260%Aug 260%drydry
The percentage of time spent at various humidity comfort levels, categorized by dew point: dry < 55°F < comfortable < 60°F < humid < 65°F < muggy < 70°F < oppressive < 75°F < miserable.

Wind

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 King Salmon Airport experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.

The windier part of the year lasts for 7.7 months, from September 5 to April 27, with average wind speeds of more than 10.5 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is January 30, with an average hourly wind speed of 12.3 miles per hour.

The calmer time of year lasts for 4.3 months, from April 27 to September 5. The calmest day of the year is June 27, with an average hourly wind speed of 8.6 miles per hour.

Average Wind Speed

Average Wind Speed at King Salmon AirportwindywindyJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 mph2 mph4 mph6 mph8 mph10 mph12 mph14 mph16 mph18 mph20 mphJan 3012.3 mphJan 3012.3 mphJun 278.6 mphJun 278.6 mphSep 510.5 mphSep 510.5 mphApr 2710.5 mphApr 2710.5 mph
The average of mean hourly wind speeds (dark gray line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

The predominant average hourly wind direction at King Salmon Airport varies throughout the year.

The wind is most often from the north for 1.3 months, from February 27 to April 6 and for 2.4 months, from September 20 to December 2, with a peak percentage of 41% on November 2. The wind is most often from the east for 2.0 months, from April 6 to June 7 and for 2.9 months, from December 2 to February 27, with a peak percentage of 34% on May 28. The wind is most often from the south for 2.3 months, from June 7 to August 17 and for 2.6 weeks, from September 2 to September 20, with a peak percentage of 38% on July 27.

Wind Direction

Wind Direction at King Salmon AirportENESWSNEJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%20%80%40%60%60%40%80%20%100%0%westsoutheastnorth
The percentage of hours in which the mean wind direction is from each of the four cardinal wind directions (north, east, south, and west), excluding hours in which the mean wind speed is less than 1 mph. The lightly tinted areas at the boundaries are the percentage of hours spent in the implied intermediate directions (northeast, southeast, southwest, and northwest).

Water Temperature

King Salmon 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 2.4 months, from July 12 to September 25, with an average temperature above 50°F. The day of the year with the warmest water is August 20, with an average temperature of 55°F.

The time of year with cooler water lasts for 5.7 months, from November 16 to May 7, with an average temperature below 36°F. The day of the year with the coolest water is March 6, with an average temperature of 31°F.

Average Water Temperature

The daily average water temperature (purple line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

Best Time of Year to Visit

To characterize how pleasant the weather is at King Salmon 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 King Salmon Airport for general outdoor tourist activities is from mid July to mid August, with a peak score in the first week of August.

Tourism Score

Tourism Score at King Salmon AirportJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec02468102.42.40.00.0 precipitationprecipitationcloudscloudstemperaturetemperature
The tourism score (filled area), and its constituents: the temperature score (red line), the cloud cover score (blue line), and the precipitation score (green line).

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 King Salmon Airport for hot-weather activities is for the entire month of July, with a peak score in the third week of July.

Beach/Pool Score

Beach/Pool Score at King Salmon AirportJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec02468100.10.10.00.0precipitationprecipitationcloudscloudstemperaturetemperature
The beach/pool score (filled area), and its constituents: the temperature score (red line), the cloud cover score (blue line), and the precipitation score (green line).

Methodology

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.

Growing Season

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 King Salmon Airport typically lasts for 3.7 months (115 days), from around May 24 to around September 15, rarely starting before May 4 or after June 14, and rarely ending before August 25 or after October 4.

Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season

Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season at King Salmon Airportgrowing seasonJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%May 2450%May 2450%Sep 1550%Sep 1550%Jun 1490%Jun 1490%Aug 2590%Aug 2590%May 410%May 410%Oct 410%Oct 410%0%Nov 270%Nov 27Jul 24100%Jul 24100%frigidfreezingvery coldcoldcool
The percentage of time spent in various temperature bands: frigid < 15°F < freezing < 32°F < very cold < 45°F < cold < 55°F < cool < 65°F < comfortable < 75°F < warm < 85°F < hot < 95°F < sweltering. The black line is the percentage chance that a given day is within 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 King Salmon Airport should appear around June 14, only rarely appearing before May 30 or after July 6.

Growing Degree Days

Growing Degree Days at King Salmon AirportJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0°F100°F200°F300°F400°F500°F600°F700°F800°FJun 1490°FJun 1490°FDec 31567°FDec 31567°F
The average growing degree days accumulated over the course of the year, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

Solar Energy

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 3.0 months, from May 1 to August 2, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 4.4 kWh. The brightest day of the year is June 8, with an average of 5.5 kWh.

The darker period of the year lasts for 3.9 months, from October 22 to February 18, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 1.3 kWh. The darkest day of the year is December 20, with an average of 0.3 kWh.

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy at King Salmon AirportbrightdarkdarkJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 kWh1 kWh2 kWh3 kWh4 kWh5 kWh6 kWh7 kWh8 kWhJun 85.5 kWhJun 85.5 kWhDec 200.3 kWhDec 200.3 kWhMay 14.4 kWhMay 14.4 kWhAug 24.4 kWhAug 24.4 kWhOct 221.3 kWhOct 221.3 kWhFeb 181.3 kWhFeb 181.3 kWh
The average daily shortwave solar energy reaching the ground per square meter (orange line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

Topography

For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of King Salmon Airport are 58.677 deg latitude, -156.649 deg longitude, and 62 ft elevation.

The topography within 2 miles of King Salmon Airport contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 108 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 54 feet. Within 10 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (561 feet). Within 50 miles contains significant variations in elevation (4,734 feet).

The area within 2 miles of King Salmon Airport is covered by shrubs (60%), herbaceous vegetation (17%), and water (14%), within 10 miles by shrubs (87%), and within 50 miles by shrubs (69%) and water (19%).

Data Sources

This report illustrates the typical weather at King Salmon 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

King Salmon 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 Egegik Airport, Igiugig Airport, New Stuyahok Airport, Koliganek Airport, Pilot Point Airport, Dillingham Airport, Iliamna Airport, and Manokotak Airport.

Other Data

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.

Disclaimer

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.