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Average Weather at Barter Island LRRS Airport Alaska, United States

At Barter Island LRRS Airport, the summers are very cold; the winters are long, frigid, dry, and windy; and it is overcast year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from -18°F to 48°F and is rarely below -36°F or above 59°F.

Climate Summary

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Based on the tourism score, the best time of year to visit Barter Island LRRS Airport for warm-weather activities is from late July to early August.

Temperature

The warm season lasts for 3.3 months, from June 6 to September 15, with an average daily high temperature above 37°F. The hottest day of the year is July 31, with an average high of 48°F and low of 39°F.

The cold season lasts for 4.5 months, from November 21 to April 4, with an average daily high temperature below 5°F. The coldest day of the year is February 9, with an average low of -18°F and high of -6°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 Barter Island LRRS AirportJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec12 AM4 AM8 AM12 PM4 PM8 PM12 AMfrigidfrigidvery coldfreezingfreezing
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.

Terskol, Russia (4,601 miles away); Kogalym, Russia (3,108 miles); and McMurdo Station, Antarctica (10,433 miles) are the far-away foreign places with temperatures most similar to Barter Island LRRS Airport (view comparison).

Clouds

At Barter Island LRRS Airport, 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 at Barter Island LRRS Airport begins around April 20 and lasts for 6.1 months, ending around October 22. On June 11, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 36% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 64% of the time.

The cloudier part of the year begins around October 22 and lasts for 5.9 months, ending around April 20. On January 17, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 84% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 16% of the time.

Cloud Cover Categories

Cloud Cover Categories at Barter Island LRRS AirportclearercloudiercloudierJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%Jun 1136%Jun 1136%Jan 1716%Jan 1716%Apr 2025%Apr 2025%Oct 2226%Oct 2226%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 Barter Island LRRS Airport varies throughout the year.

The wetter season lasts 3.8 months, from June 4 to September 29, with a greater than 13% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 24% on August 14.

The drier season lasts 8.2 months, from September 29 to June 4. The smallest chance of a wet day is 2% on March 4.

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 Barter Island LRRS Airport changes throughout the year.

Snow alone is the most common for 7.9 months, from September 27 to May 24. The highest chance of a day with snow alone is 7% on October 11.

Rain alone is the most common for 4.1 months, from May 24 to September 27. The highest chance of a day with rain alone is 22% on August 1.

Daily Chance of Precipitation

Daily Chance of Precipitation at Barter Island LRRS AirportsnowrainsnowJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%10%20%30%40%50%60%70%80%90%100%Aug 1424%Aug 1424%Mar 42%Mar 42%May 2410%May 2410%Sep 2713%Sep 2713%Jan 14%Jan 14%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. Barter Island LRRS Airport experiences some seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.

The rainy period of the year lasts for 3.5 months, from June 7 to September 23, with a sliding 31-day rainfall of at least 0.5 inches. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around August 9, with an average total accumulation of 1.4 inches.

The rainless period of the year lasts for 8.5 months, from September 23 to June 7. The least rain falls around March 25, with an average total accumulation of 0.0 inches.

Average Monthly Rainfall

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. Barter Island LRRS Airport experiences some seasonal variation in monthly liquid-equivalent snowfall.

The snowy period of the year lasts for 10 months, from August 20 to June 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 October 8, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 0.3 inches.

The snowless period of the year lasts for 2.0 months, from June 21 to August 20. 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 Barter Island LRRS AirportsnowsnowJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0.0 in0.2 in0.4 in0.6 in0.8 in1.0 in1.2 in1.4 inOct 80.3 inOct 80.3 inJul 220.0 inJul 220.0 inMay 250.2 inMay 250.2 inJan 150.2 inJan 150.2 inAug 200.1 inAug 200.1 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

Due to its extreme latitude, Barter Island LRRS Airport experiences polar day (also known as the midnight Sun) during the summer and polar night during the winter. These are periods of time in which the sun is continuously above or below the horizon for more than one day. 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 Barter Island LRRS Airport during 2017, the Sun is continuously above the horizon for 2.4 months, rising at 1:49 AM on May 15, and not setting again until 1:13 AM on July 28.

In the winter at Barter Island LRRS Airport during 2017, the Sun is continuously below the horizon for 1.8 months, setting at 12:52 PM on November 23, and not rising again until 12:18 PM on January 17.

Hours of Daylight and Twilight

Hours of Daylight and Twilight at Barter Island LRRS Airportpolar dayJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 hr24 hr4 hr20 hr8 hr16 hr12 hr12 hr16 hr8 hr20 hr4 hr24 hr0 hr12 hr, 15 minMar 2012 hr, 15 minMar 2024 hr, 0 minJun 2024 hr, 0 minJun 2012 hr, 19 minSep 2212 hr, 19 minSep 220 minDec 210 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.

Daylight saving time (DST) is observed at Barter Island LRRS 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 Barter Island LRRS AirportJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec2 AM4 AM6 AM8 AM10 AM12 PM2 PM4 PM6 PM8 PM10 PM12 AMMay 151:49 AMMay 151:49 AM1:13 AMJul 271:13 AMJul 2712:52 PMNov 2312:52 PMNov 23Jan 1712:18 PMJan 1712:18 PMMar 12DSTMar 12DSTdaynightnightnightnightSolarMidnightSolarMidnightSolarNoon
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 Barter Island LRRS 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 Barter Island LRRS AirportJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%10%20%30%40%50%60%70%80%90%100%Jul 30%Jul 30%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 Barter Island LRRS Airport experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.

The windier part of the year lasts for 7.2 months, from September 21 to April 29, with average wind speeds of more than 10.8 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is January 13, with an average hourly wind speed of 13.0 miles per hour.

The calmer time of year lasts for 4.8 months, from April 29 to September 21. The calmest day of the year is July 12, with an average hourly wind speed of 8.6 miles per hour.

Average Wind Speed

Average Wind Speed at Barter Island LRRS AirportwindywindyJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 mph2 mph4 mph6 mph8 mph10 mph12 mph14 mph16 mph18 mph20 mph22 mph24 mphJan 1313.0 mphJan 1313.0 mphJul 128.6 mphJul 128.6 mphSep 2110.8 mphSep 2110.8 mphApr 2910.8 mphApr 2910.8 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 Barter Island LRRS Airport is from the east throughout the year.

Wind Direction

Wind Direction at Barter Island LRRS AirportJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%20%80%40%60%60%40%80%20%100%0%westeastnorth
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

Barter Island LRRS 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 some seasonal variation over the course of the year.

The time of year with warmer water lasts for 1.8 months, from July 17 to September 11, with an average temperature above 35°F. The day of the year with the warmest water is August 16, with an average temperature of 37°F.

The time of year with cooler water lasts for 7.6 months, from October 20 to June 6, with an average temperature below 30°F. The day of the year with the coolest water is February 9, with an average temperature of 29°F.

Average Water Temperature

Average Water Temperature at Barter Island LRRS AirportwarmcoolcoolJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec28°F30°F32°F34°F36°F38°F40°F42°F44°FAug 1637°FAug 1637°F29°FFeb 929°FFeb 9Jul 1735°FJul 1735°FOct 2030°FOct 2030°FJun 630°FJun 630°F
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 Barter Island LRRS 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 Barter Island LRRS Airport for general outdoor tourist activities is from late July to early August.

Tourism Score

Tourism Score at Barter Island LRRS AirportJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec02468100.40.40.00.0precipitationprecipitationcloudscloudstemperaturetemperature
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 Barter Island LRRS Airport for hot-weather activities is from late July to early August.

Beach/Pool Score

Beach/Pool Score at Barter Island LRRS AirportJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec02468100.00.00.00.0precipitationprecipitationcloudsclouds
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 Barter Island LRRS Airport typically lasts for 1.4 months (44 days), from around July 5 to around August 18, rarely starting before June 12, or ending after September 16.

Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season

Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season at Barter Island LRRS AirportJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%Jul 550%Jul 550%Aug 1850%Aug 1850%Jun 1210%Jun 1210%Sep 1610%Sep 1610%0%Mar 150%Mar 15Jul 2974%Jul 2974%frigidvery coldfreezingcool
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.

Growing Degree Days

Growing Degree Days at Barter Island LRRS AirportJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0°F10°F20°F30°F40°F50°F60°FDec 3130°FDec 3130°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 2.5 months, from May 5 to July 19, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 4.8 kWh. The brightest day of the year is June 11, with an average of 6.0 kWh.

The darker period of the year lasts for 5.5 months, from September 28 to March 12, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 1.2 kWh. The darkest day of the year is January 1, with an average of 0.0 kWh.

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy at Barter Island LRRS AirportbrightdarkdarkJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 kWh1 kWh2 kWh3 kWh4 kWh5 kWh6 kWh7 kWh8 kWhJun 116.0 kWhJun 116.0 kWhJan 10.0 kWhJan 10.0 kWhMay 54.8 kWhMay 54.8 kWhJul 194.8 kWhJul 194.8 kWhSep 281.2 kWhSep 281.2 kWhMar 121.2 kWhMar 121.2 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 Barter Island LRRS Airport are 70.135 deg latitude, -143.581 deg longitude, and 0 ft elevation.

The topography within 2 miles of Barter Island LRRS Airport is essentially flat, with a maximum elevation change of 62 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 7 feet. Within 10 miles is essentially flat (157 feet). Within 50 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (4,613 feet).

The area within 2 miles of Barter Island LRRS Airport is covered by water (73%) and snow and glaciers (21%), within 10 miles by water (65%) and sparse vegetation (18%), and within 50 miles by water (62%) and grassland (18%).

Data Sources

This report illustrates the typical weather at Barter Island LRRS 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

Barter Island LRRS 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 Komakuk Beach, Y. T.; Ivvavik Park Automatic Weather Reporting System; and Deadhorse 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.