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Average Weather at Inuvik (Mike Zubko) Airport Canada

At Inuvik (Mike Zubko) Airport, the summers are cool, the winters are long and frigid, and it is dry and mostly cloudy year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from -22°F to 69°F and is rarely below -41°F or above 80°F.

Based on the tourism score, the best time of year to visit Inuvik (Mike Zubko) Airport for warm-weather activities is from late June to late July.

Climate Summary

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Temperature

The warm season lasts for 3.2 months, from May 29 to September 4, with an average daily high temperature above 53°F. The hottest day of the year is July 5, with an average high of 69°F and low of 49°F.

The cold season lasts for 4.5 months, from November 10 to March 26, with an average daily high temperature below 6°F. The coldest day of the year is January 21, with an average low of -22°F and high of -9°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 Inuvik (Mike Zubko) AirportJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec12 AM4 AM8 AM12 PM4 PM8 PM12 AMfrigidfrigidcoldcoolcoolvery coldfreezingfreezingvery cold
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 average hourly temperature, color coded into bands. The shaded overlays indicate night and civil twilight.

Nadym, Russia (3,107 miles away) and Alekseyevskaya, Russia (3,186 miles) are the far-away foreign places with temperatures most similar to Inuvik (Mike Zubko) Airport (view comparison).

Clouds

At Inuvik (Mike Zubko) 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 Inuvik (Mike Zubko) Airport begins around May 8 and lasts for 4.0 months, ending around September 7. On June 17, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 51% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 49% of the time.

The cloudier part of the year begins around September 7 and lasts for 8.0 months, ending around May 8. On April 6, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 74% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 26% of the time.

Cloud Cover Categories

Cloud Cover Categories at Inuvik (Mike Zubko) AirportclearercloudiercloudierJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%Jun 1751%Jun 1751%Apr 626%Apr 626%May 838%May 838%Sep 738%Sep 738%clearpartly cloudymostly cloudyovercastmostly clear
0% clear 20% mostly clear 40% partly cloudy 60% mostly cloudy 80% overcast 100%
The percentage of time spent in each cloud cover band, categorized by the percentage of the sky covered by clouds.

Precipitation

A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. The chance of wet days at Inuvik (Mike Zubko) Airport varies throughout the year.

The wetter season lasts 4.2 months, from May 28 to October 2, with a greater than 13% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 22% on August 2.

The drier season lasts 7.8 months, from October 2 to May 28. The smallest chance of a wet day is 3% on March 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 at Inuvik (Mike Zubko) Airport changes throughout the year.

Snow alone is the most common for 7.4 months, from October 3 to May 15. The highest chance of a day with snow alone is 7% on October 20.

Rain alone is the most common for 4.6 months, from May 15 to October 3. The highest chance of a day with rain alone is 22% on August 2.

Daily Chance of Precipitation

Daily Chance of Precipitation at Inuvik (Mike Zubko) AirportsnowrainsnowJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%10%20%30%40%50%60%70%80%90%100%Aug 222%Aug 222%Mar 233%Mar 233%May 1510%May 1510%Oct 312%Oct 312%Jan 16%Jan 16%rainsnow
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. Inuvik (Mike Zubko) Airport experiences some seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.

The rainy period of the year lasts for 4.1 months, from May 23 to September 26, with a sliding 31-day rainfall of at least 0.5 inches. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around August 4, with an average total accumulation of 1.4 inches.

The rainless period of the year lasts for 7.9 months, from September 26 to May 23. The least rain falls around December 22, 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. Inuvik (Mike Zubko) Airport experiences some seasonal variation in monthly liquid-equivalent snowfall.

The snowy period of the year lasts for 8.7 months, from September 12 to June 2, 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 19, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 0.4 inches.

The snowless period of the year lasts for 3.3 months, from June 2 to September 12. The least snow falls around July 21, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 0.0 inches.

Average Liquid-Equivalent Monthly Snowfall

Average Liquid-Equivalent Monthly Snowfall at Inuvik (Mike Zubko) AirportsnowsnowJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0.0 in0.2 in0.4 in0.6 in0.8 in1.0 in1.2 in1.4 inOct 190.4 inOct 190.4 inJul 210.0 inJul 210.0 inApr 300.3 inApr 300.3 inDec 250.2 inDec 250.2 inSep 120.1 inSep 120.1 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, Inuvik (Mike Zubko) 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 Inuvik (Mike Zubko) Airport during 2019, the Sun is continuously above the horizon for 1.9 months, rising at 3:14 AM on May 24, and not setting again until 2:30 AM on July 20.

In the winter at Inuvik (Mike Zubko) Airport during 2019, the Sun is continuously below the horizon for 1.0 months, setting at 1:44 PM on December 6, and not rising again until 1:41 PM on January 6.

Hours of Daylight and Twilight

Hours of Daylight and Twilight at Inuvik (Mike Zubko) Airportpolar dayJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 hr24 hr4 hr20 hr8 hr16 hr12 hr12 hr16 hr8 hr20 hr4 hr24 hr0 hr12 hr, 18 minMar 2012 hr, 18 minMar 2024 hr, 0 minJun 2124 hr, 0 minJun 2112 hr, 21 minSep 2312 hr, 21 minSep 230 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 Inuvik (Mike Zubko) Airport during 2019, starting in the spring on March 10, lasting 7.8 months, and ending in the fall on November 3.

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time at Inuvik (Mike Zubko) AirportJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec2 AM4 AM6 AM8 AM10 AM12 PM2 PM4 PM6 PM8 PM10 PM12 AM2 AMMay 243:14 AMMay 243:14 AM2:30 AMJul 192:30 AMJul 191:44 PMDec 61:44 PMDec 6Jan 61:41 PMJan 61:41 PMMar 10DSTMar 10DSTdaynightnightnightnightSolarMidnightSolarMidnightSolarNoon
The solar day over the course of the year 2019. 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 Inuvik (Mike Zubko) 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 Inuvik (Mike Zubko) AirportJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%10%20%30%40%50%60%70%80%90%100%Jul 30%Jul 30%drydry
dry 55°F comfortable 60°F humid 65°F muggy 70°F oppressive 75°F miserable
The percentage of time spent at various humidity comfort levels, categorized by dew point.

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 Inuvik (Mike Zubko) Airport experiences mild seasonal variation over the course of the year.

The windier part of the year lasts for 3.0 months, from December 13 to March 12, with average wind speeds of more than 8.9 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is January 8, with an average hourly wind speed of 9.5 miles per hour.

The calmer time of year lasts for 9.0 months, from March 12 to December 13. The calmest day of the year is October 18, with an average hourly wind speed of 8.2 miles per hour.

Average Wind Speed

Average Wind Speed at Inuvik (Mike Zubko) AirportwindyJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 mph2 mph4 mph6 mph8 mph10 mph12 mph14 mph16 mphJan 89.5 mphJan 89.5 mphOct 188.2 mphOct 188.2 mphDec 138.9 mphDec 138.9 mphMar 128.9 mphMar 128.9 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 Inuvik (Mike Zubko) Airport varies throughout the year.

The wind is most often from the north for 6.0 days, from March 26 to April 1 and for 3.8 months, from May 11 to September 4, with a peak percentage of 42% on July 13. The wind is most often from the east for 1.3 months, from April 1 to May 11 and for 2.0 weeks, from September 28 to October 12, with a peak percentage of 36% on April 22. The wind is most often from the south for 3.4 weeks, from September 4 to September 28 and for 5.5 months, from October 12 to March 26, with a peak percentage of 30% on September 25.

Wind Direction

Wind Direction at Inuvik (Mike Zubko) AirportSENSESJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%20%80%40%60%60%40%80%20%100%0%westsoutheastnorth
northeastsouthwest
The percentage of hours in which the mean wind direction is from each of the four cardinal wind directions, excluding hours in which the mean wind speed is less than 1.0 mph. The lightly tinted areas at the boundaries are the percentage of hours spent in the implied intermediate directions (northeast, southeast, southwest, and northwest).

Best Time of Year to Visit

To characterize how pleasant the weather is at Inuvik (Mike Zubko) 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 Inuvik (Mike Zubko) Airport for general outdoor tourist activities is from late June to late July, with a peak score in the first week of July.

Tourism Score

Tourism Score at Inuvik (Mike Zubko) AirportJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec02468103.63.60.00.0 precipitationprecipitationcloudscloudstemperaturetemperaturetourism score
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 Inuvik (Mike Zubko) Airport for hot-weather activities is from late June to mid July, with a peak score in the first week of July.

Beach/Pool Score

Beach/Pool Score at Inuvik (Mike Zubko) AirportJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec02468100.90.90.00.0 precipitationprecipitationcloudscloudstemperaturetemperature
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 Inuvik (Mike Zubko) Airport typically lasts for 2.5 months (77 days), from around June 11 to around August 27, rarely starting before May 25 or after June 28, and rarely ending before August 6 or after September 15.

Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season

Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season at Inuvik (Mike Zubko) AirportJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%Jun 1150%Jun 1150%Aug 2750%Aug 2750%Jun 2890%Jun 2890%Aug 690%Aug 690%May 2510%May 2510%Sep 1510%Sep 1510%0%Mar 40%Mar 4Jul 1699%Jul 1699%frigidvery coldcoldcoolfreezingcomfortable
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 percentage of time spent in various temperature bands. 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 Inuvik (Mike Zubko) Airport should appear around June 13, only rarely appearing before June 3 or after June 21.

Growing Degree Days

Growing Degree Days at Inuvik (Mike Zubko) AirportJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0°F100°F200°F300°F400°F500°F600°F700°F800°F900°FJun 1390°FJun 1390°FDec 31690°FDec 31690°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 2.4 months, from May 10 to July 24, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 5.0 kWh. The brightest day of the year is June 21, with an average of 6.3 kWh.

The darker period of the year lasts for 5.1 months, from October 2 to March 7, 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 0.0 kWh.

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy at Inuvik (Mike Zubko) AirportbrightdarkdarkJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 kWh1 kWh2 kWh3 kWh4 kWh5 kWh6 kWh7 kWh8 kWh9 kWhJun 216.3 kWhJun 216.3 kWhDec 200.0 kWhDec 200.0 kWhMay 105.0 kWhMay 105.0 kWhJul 245.0 kWhJul 245.0 kWhOct 21.3 kWhOct 21.3 kWhMar 71.3 kWhMar 71.3 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 Inuvik (Mike Zubko) Airport are 68.304 deg latitude, -133.483 deg longitude, and 279 ft elevation.

The topography within 2 miles of Inuvik (Mike Zubko) Airport contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 443 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 215 feet. Within 10 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (787 feet). Within 50 miles contains significant variations in elevation (1,129 feet).

The area within 2 miles of Inuvik (Mike Zubko) Airport is covered by trees (33%), shrubs (27%), sparse vegetation (22%), and water (11%), within 10 miles by shrubs (32%) and trees (29%), and within 50 miles by trees (34%) and shrubs (17%).

Data Sources

This report illustrates the typical weather at Inuvik (Mike Zubko) 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

Inuvik (Mike Zubko) 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 Inuvik Climate Nwt; Trail Valley , N. W. T.; Storm Hills , N. W. T.; Pelly Island Automatic Weather Reporting System; Liverpool Bay; Little Chicago; and Shingle Point, Y. T..

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.