Average Weather in College Alaska, United States
In College, the summers are comfortable and mostly cloudy and the winters are frigid, snowy, and partly cloudy. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from -14°F to 73°F and is rarely below -39°F or above 83°F.
Based on the tourism score, the best time of year to visit College for warm-weather activities is from mid June to late July.
The warm season lasts for 3.9 months, from May 12 to September 8, with an average daily high temperature above 59°F. The hottest day of the year is July 3, with an average high of 73°F and low of 54°F.
The cold season lasts for 3.6 months, from November 8 to February 26, with an average daily high temperature below 16°F. The coldest day of the year is January 18, with an average low of -14°F and high of 2°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
In College, 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 College begins around February 14 and lasts for 1.8 months, ending around April 9. On March 15, 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 April 9 and lasts for 10 months, ending around February 14. On December 8, 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
A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. The chance of wet days in College varies throughout the year.
The wetter season lasts 4.5 months, from May 26 to October 12, 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 6.
The drier season lasts 7.5 months, from October 12 to May 26. The smallest chance of a wet day is 5% on March 18.
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 College changes throughout the year.
Rain alone is the most common for 6.0 months, from April 13 to October 14. The highest chance of a day with rain alone is 31% on August 6.
Snow alone is the most common for 5.9 months, from October 14 to April 13. The highest chance of a day with snow alone is 13% on January 3.
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. College experiences significant seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.
The rainy period of the year lasts for 5.3 months, from May 6 to October 16, with a sliding 31-day rainfall of at least 0.5 inches. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around July 15, with an average total accumulation of 2.4 inches.
The rainless period of the year lasts for 6.7 months, from October 16 to May 6. The least rain falls around March 3, with an average total accumulation of 0.0 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. College experiences some seasonal variation in monthly liquid-equivalent snowfall.
The snowy period of the year lasts for 7.0 months, from September 22 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 25, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 0.5 inches.
The snowless period of the year lasts for 5.0 months, from April 21 to September 22. The least snow falls around July 16, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 0.0 inches.
Average Liquid-Equivalent Monthly Snowfall
The length of the day in College varies extremely over the course of the year. In 2017, the shortest day is December 21, with 3 hours, 41 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 20, with 21 hours, 52 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight
The earliest sunrise is at 2:56 AM on June 20, and the latest sunrise is 8 hours, 3 minutes later at 10:59 AM on December 24. The earliest sunset is at 2:38 PM on December 18, and the latest sunset is 10 hours, 10 minutes later at 12:49 AM on June 21.
Daylight saving time (DST) is observed in College 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
The perceived humidity level in College, 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
The average hourly wind speed in College experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The windier part of the year lasts for 4.7 months, from November 8 to March 31, with average wind speeds of more than 6.1 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is January 9, with an average hourly wind speed of 7.7 miles per hour.
The calmer time of year lasts for 7.3 months, from March 31 to November 8. The calmest day of the year is July 14, with an average hourly wind speed of 4.5 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed
The predominant average hourly wind direction in College varies throughout the year.
The wind is most often from the west for 3.5 months, from May 18 to September 2, with a peak percentage of 50% on July 6. The wind is most often from the east for 8.5 months, from September 2 to May 18, with a peak percentage of 69% on January 1.
Best Time of Year to Visit
To characterize how pleasant the weather is in College 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 College for general outdoor tourist activities is from mid June to late July, with a peak score in the first 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 College for hot-weather activities is from late June to mid July, with a peak score in the first week of July.
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.
The growing season in College typically lasts for 4.0 months (123 days), from around May 11 to around September 11, rarely starting before April 25 or after May 27, and rarely ending before August 22 or after September 29.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season
Based on growing degree days alone, the first spring blooms in College should appear around May 21, only rarely appearing before May 12 or after June 1.
Growing Degree Days
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 28 to July 31, 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 4.4 months, from October 13 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 22, with an average of 0.0 kWh.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of College are 64.857 deg latitude, -147.803 deg longitude, and 449 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of College contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 312 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 470 feet. Within 10 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (2,014 feet). Within 50 miles contains large variations in elevation (4,357 feet).
The area within 2 miles of College is covered by artificial surfaces (38%), trees (37%), and sparse vegetation (24%), within 10 miles by trees (69%) and herbaceous vegetation (12%), and within 50 miles by trees (66%) and shrubs (17%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in College, 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 College.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and College 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 College is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between College and a given station.
Time zones for aiports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .