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Average Weather in Farmers Loop Alaska, United States

In Farmers Loop, the summers are long, comfortable, and mostly cloudy and the winters are long, frigid, snowy, and partly cloudy. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from -15°F to 72°F and is rarely below -40°F or above 81°F.

Based on the tourism score, the best time of year to visit Farmers Loop for warm-weather activities is from mid June to late July.

Climate Summary

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Temperature

The warm season lasts for 3.9 months, from May 11 to September 7, with an average daily high temperature above 58°F. The hottest day of the year is July 2, with an average high of 72°F and low of 53°F.

The cold season lasts for 3.7 months, from November 7 to February 26, with an average daily high temperature below 15°F. The coldest day of the year is January 17, with an average low of -15°F and high of 0°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 in Farmers LoopJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec12 AM4 AM8 AM12 PM4 PM8 PM12 AMNowNowfrigidfrigidcoldcoolcoolcomfortablefreezingvery coldfreezingvery 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.

Tosontsengel, Mongolia (3,835 miles away); Bayanday, Russia (3,419 miles); and Зуунмод, Mongolia (3,703 miles) are the far-away foreign places with temperatures most similar to Farmers Loop (view comparison).

Clouds

In Farmers Loop, 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 in Farmers Loop begins around February 13 and lasts for 4.0 months, ending around June 14. On March 14, 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.

The cloudier part of the year begins around June 14 and lasts for 8.0 months, ending around February 13. On September 25, 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 in Farmers LoopclearercloudiercloudierJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%Mar 1447%Mar 1447%Sep 2535%Sep 2535%Jun 1441%Jun 1441%NowNowclearmostly clearpartly cloudymostly cloudyovercast
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 in Farmers Loop varies throughout the year.

The wetter season lasts 4.6 months, from May 24 to October 10, with a greater than 18% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 31% on August 5.

The drier season lasts 7.4 months, from October 10 to May 24. The smallest chance of a wet day is 5% on March 17.

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 in Farmers Loop changes throughout the year.

Snow alone is the most common for 6.1 months, from October 12 to April 15. The highest chance of a day with snow alone is 13% on January 3.

Rain alone is the most common for 5.9 months, from April 15 to October 12. The highest chance of a day with rain alone is 31% on August 5.

Daily Chance of Precipitation

Daily Chance of Precipitation in Farmers LoopsnowrainsnowJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%10%20%30%40%50%60%70%80%90%100%Aug 531%Aug 531%Mar 175%Mar 175%Oct 1217%Oct 1217%May 2418%May 2418%snowrain
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. Farmers Loop experiences significant seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.

The rainy period of the year lasts for 5.2 months, from May 5 to October 13, with a sliding 31-day rainfall of at least 0.5 inches. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around July 14, with an average total accumulation of 2.4 inches.

The rainless period of the year lasts for 6.8 months, from October 13 to May 5. The least rain falls around March 2, 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. Farmers Loop experiences some seasonal variation in monthly liquid-equivalent snowfall.

The snowy period of the year lasts for 7.2 months, from September 18 to April 24, 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 25, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 0.5 inches.

The snowless period of the year lasts for 4.8 months, from April 24 to September 18. The least snow falls around July 15, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 0.0 inches.

Average Liquid-Equivalent Monthly Snowfall

Average Liquid-Equivalent Monthly Snowfall in Farmers LoopsnowsnowJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0.0 in0.5 in1.0 in1.5 in2.0 in2.5 inDec 250.5 inDec 250.5 inJul 150.0 inJul 150.0 inSep 180.1 inSep 180.1 inApr 240.1 inApr 240.1 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 in Farmers Loop varies extremely over the course of the year. In 2020, the shortest day is December 21, with 3 hours, 39 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 20, with 21 hours, 55 minutes of daylight.

Hours of Daylight and Twilight

Hours of Daylight and Twilight in Farmers LoopJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 hr24 hr4 hr20 hr8 hr16 hr12 hr12 hr16 hr8 hr20 hr4 hr24 hr0 hr12 hr, 14 minMar 1912 hr, 14 minMar 1921 hr, 55 minJun 2021 hr, 55 minJun 2012 hr, 20 minSep 2212 hr, 20 minSep 223 hr, 39 minDec 213 hr, 39 minDec 21nightnightdayNowNow
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 2:54 AM on June 20, and the latest sunrise is 8 hours, 6 minutes later at 11:00 AM on December 23. The earliest sunset is at 2:37 PM on December 17, and the latest sunset is 10 hours, 13 minutes later at 12:50 AM on June 20.

Daylight saving time (DST) is observed in Farmers Loop 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

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time in Farmers LoopJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec2 AM4 AM6 AM8 AM10 AM12 PM2 PM4 PM6 PM8 PM10 PM12 AM2 AMJun 202:54 AMJun 202:54 AM12:50 AMJun 2012:50 AMJun 20Dec 172:37 PMDec 172:37 PM11:00 AMDec 2311:00 AMDec 23Mar 8DSTMar 8DSTdaynightnightnightnightSolarMidnightSolarMidnightSolarNoonSunriseSunsetNowNow
The solar day over the course of the year 2020. 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 in Farmers Loop, 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 in Farmers LoopJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%10%20%30%40%50%60%70%80%90%100%Jul 20%Jul 20%NowNowdrydry
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 in Farmers Loop experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.

The windier part of the year lasts for 4.9 months, from November 4 to March 31, with average wind speeds of more than 6.5 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is January 9, with an average hourly wind speed of 8.3 miles per hour.

The calmer time of year lasts for 7.1 months, from March 31 to November 4. The calmest day of the year is June 30, with an average hourly wind speed of 4.7 miles per hour.

Average Wind Speed

Average Wind Speed in Farmers LoopwindywindyJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 mph2 mph4 mph6 mph8 mph10 mph12 mph14 mphJan 98.3 mphJan 98.3 mphJun 304.7 mphJun 304.7 mphNov 46.5 mphNov 46.5 mphMar 316.5 mphMar 316.5 mphNowNow
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 in Farmers Loop varies throughout the year.

The wind is most often from the west for 3.2 months, from May 23 to August 30, with a peak percentage of 49% on July 5. The wind is most often from the east for 8.8 months, from August 30 to May 23, with a peak percentage of 72% on January 1.

Wind Direction

Wind Direction in Farmers LoopEWEJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%20%80%40%60%60%40%80%20%100%0%NowNowwesteastsouthnorth
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 in Farmers Loop 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 Farmers Loop for general outdoor tourist activities is from mid June to late July, with a peak score in the first week of July.

Tourism Score

Tourism Score in Farmers LoopJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec02468104.34.30.00.0NowNow 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 Farmers Loop 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 in Farmers LoopJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec02468100.70.70.00.0NowNow precipitationprecipitationcloudsclouds
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 in Farmers Loop typically lasts for 3.8 months (116 days), from around May 13 to around September 6, rarely starting before April 29 or after May 28, and rarely ending before August 18 or after September 26.

Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season

Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in Farmers Loopgrowing seasonJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%May 1350%May 1350%Sep 650%Sep 650%May 2890%May 2890%Aug 1890%Aug 1890%Apr 2910%Apr 2910%Sep 2610%Sep 2610%0%Nov 200%Nov 20Jul 11100%Jul 11100%NowNowfrigidfreezingcoldcoolcomfortablevery 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 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 in Farmers Loop should appear around May 23, only rarely appearing before May 14 or after June 2.

Growing Degree Days

Growing Degree Days in Farmers LoopJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0°F200°F400°F600°F800°F1,000°F1,200°FMay 2390°FMay 2390°FAug 11900°FAug 11900°FDec 311,067°FDec 311,067°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 3.1 months, from April 27 to July 30, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 4.6 kWh. The brightest day of the year is June 21, with an average of 5.7 kWh.

The darker period of the year lasts for 4.5 months, from October 12 to February 25, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 1.2 kWh. The darkest day of the year is December 21, with an average of 0.0 kWh.

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in Farmers LoopbrightdarkdarkJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 kWh1 kWh2 kWh3 kWh4 kWh5 kWh6 kWh7 kWh8 kWhJun 215.7 kWhJun 215.7 kWhDec 210.0 kWhDec 210.0 kWhApr 274.6 kWhApr 274.6 kWhJul 304.6 kWhJul 304.6 kWhOct 121.2 kWhOct 121.2 kWhFeb 251.2 kWhFeb 251.2 kWhNowNow
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 Farmers Loop are 64.908 deg latitude, -147.699 deg longitude, and 722 ft elevation.

The topography within 2 miles of Farmers Loop contains very significant variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 1,066 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 837 feet. Within 10 miles also contains very significant variations in elevation (1,706 feet). Within 50 miles contains very significant variations in elevation (4,698 feet).

The area within 2 miles of Farmers Loop is covered by trees (91%), within 10 miles by trees (79%), and within 50 miles by trees (64%) and shrubs (19%).

Data Sources

This report illustrates the typical weather in Farmers Loop, 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

There are 2 weather stations near enough to contribute to our estimation of the temperature and dew point in Farmers Loop.

For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Farmers Loop according to the International Standard Atmosphere , and by the relative change present in the MERRA-2 satellite-era reanalysis between the two locations.

The estimated value at Farmers Loop is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Farmers Loop and a given station.

The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Fairbanks International Airport (78%, 14 kilometers, southwest) and Eielson Air Force Base (22%, 38 kilometers, southeast).

Other Data

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 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.