Average Weather at Angoon Seaplane Base Alaska, United States
At Angoon Seaplane Base, the summers are cool and mostly cloudy; the winters are long, very cold, and overcast; and it is wet year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 27°F to 63°F and is rarely below 11°F or above 70°F.
Based on the tourism score, the best time of year to visit Angoon Seaplane Base for warm-weather activities is from mid July to mid August.
The warm season lasts for 3.5 months, from May 26 to September 12, with an average daily high temperature above 58°F. The hottest day of the year is July 29, with an average high of 63°F and low of 52°F.
The cold season lasts for 4.0 months, from November 12 to March 10, with an average daily high temperature below 41°F. The coldest day of the year is January 15, with an average low of 27°F and high of 36°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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At Angoon Seaplane Base, 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 Angoon Seaplane Base begins around April 25 and lasts for 4.9 months, ending around September 22. On August 11, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 37% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 63% of the time.
The cloudier part of the year begins around September 22 and lasts for 7.1 months, ending around April 25. On January 25, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 78% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 22% of the time.
Cloud Cover Categories
0% clear 20% mostly clear 40% partly cloudy 60% mostly cloudy 80% overcast 100%
A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. The chance of wet days at Angoon Seaplane Base varies significantly throughout the year.
The wetter season lasts 5.5 months, from August 22 to February 7, with a greater than 54% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 72% on October 21.
The drier season lasts 6.5 months, from February 7 to August 22. The smallest chance of a wet day is 36% on June 21.
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 71% on October 10.
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. Angoon Seaplane Base experiences extreme seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.
Rain falls throughout the year at Angoon Seaplane Base. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around October 7, with an average total accumulation of 10.8 inches.
The least rain falls around June 6, with an average total accumulation of 3.3 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. Angoon Seaplane Base experiences significant seasonal variation in monthly liquid-equivalent snowfall.
The snowy period of the year lasts for 5.3 months, from October 26 to April 3, with a sliding 31-day liquid-equivalent snowfall of at least 0.1 inches. The most snow falls during the 31 days centered around January 23, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 1.2 inches.
The snowless period of the year lasts for 6.7 months, from April 3 to October 26. The least snow falls around July 18, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 0.0 inches.
Average Liquid-Equivalent Monthly Snowfall
The length of the day at Angoon Seaplane Base varies extremely over the course of the year. In 2020, the shortest day is December 21, with 6 hours, 35 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 20, with 18 hours, 2 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight
The earliest sunrise is at 3:58 AM on June 17, and the latest sunrise is 4 hours, 42 minutes later at 8:40 AM on December 27. The earliest sunset is at 3:12 PM on December 14, and the latest sunset is 6 hours, 49 minutes later at 10:01 PM on June 23.
Daylight saving time (DST) is observed at Angoon Seaplane Base during 2020, starting in the spring on March 8, lasting 7.8 months, and ending in the fall on November 1.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time
The figure below presents a compact representation of key lunar data for 2020. 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 at Angoon Seaplane Base, 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
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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 at Angoon Seaplane Base experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The windier part of the year lasts for 7.1 months, from September 20 to April 22, with average wind speeds of more than 6.4 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is December 9, with an average hourly wind speed of 8.3 miles per hour.
The calmer time of year lasts for 4.9 months, from April 22 to September 20. The calmest day of the year is July 17, with an average hourly wind speed of 4.5 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed
The predominant average hourly wind direction at Angoon Seaplane Base varies throughout the year.
The wind is most often from the east for 1.3 weeks, from March 5 to March 14, with a peak percentage of 35% on March 10. The wind is most often from the south for 3.6 months, from March 14 to July 1 and for 7.9 months, from July 8 to March 5, with a peak percentage of 41% on May 1. The wind is most often from the west for 1.0 weeks, from July 1 to July 8, with a peak percentage of 40% on July 7.
Angoon Seaplane Base 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 2.4 months, from July 5 to September 17, with an average temperature above 52°F. The day of the year with the warmest water is August 10, with an average temperature of 55°F.
The time of year with cooler water lasts for 4.6 months, from December 15 to May 1, with an average temperature below 44°F. The day of the year with the coolest water is March 10, with an average temperature of 41°F.
Average Water Temperature
Best Time of Year to Visit
To characterize how pleasant the weather is at Angoon Seaplane Base 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 Angoon Seaplane Base for general outdoor tourist activities is from mid July to mid August, with a peak score in the last 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 Angoon Seaplane Base for hot-weather activities is from mid June to early July, with a peak score in the last week of June.
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 Angoon Seaplane Base typically lasts for 6.2 months (190 days), from around April 19 to around October 26, rarely starting before April 3 or after May 5, and rarely ending before September 29 or after November 17.
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 Angoon Seaplane Base should appear around June 9, only rarely appearing before May 27 or after June 25.
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 significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The brighter period of the year lasts for 3.2 months, from May 1 to August 7, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 4.1 kWh. The brightest day of the year is June 19, with an average of 5.1 kWh.
The darker period of the year lasts for 4.2 months, from October 13 to February 20, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 1.2 kWh. The darkest day of the year is December 19, with an average of 0.2 kWh.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Angoon Seaplane Base are 57.503 deg latitude, -134.585 deg longitude, and 33 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Angoon Seaplane Base contains significant variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 676 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 62 feet. Within 10 miles contains significant variations in elevation (3,104 feet). Within 50 miles contains large variations in elevation (6,519 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Angoon Seaplane Base is covered by water (59%) and trees (40%), within 10 miles by water (53%) and trees (44%), and within 50 miles by trees (43%) and water (40%).
This report illustrates the typical weather at Angoon Seaplane Base, 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
Angoon Seaplane Base 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 Juneau International Airport, Kake Airport, Sitka Rocky Gutierrez Airport, Hoonah Airport, Gustavus Airport, Petersburg James A. Johnson Airport, and Wrangell Airport.
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.
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 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.