Average Weather in Valdez Alaska, United States
In Valdez, the summers are cool and overcast; the winters are long, freezing, windy, and mostly cloudy; and it is wet year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 20°F to 63°F and is rarely below 3°F or above 71°F.
Based on the tourism score, the best time of year to visit Valdez for warm-weather activities is from late June to late July.
The warm season lasts for 3.6 months, from May 22 to September 10, with an average daily high temperature above 56°F. The hottest day of the year is July 7, with an average high of 63°F and low of 49°F.
The cold season lasts for 4.0 months, from November 9 to March 10, with an average daily high temperature below 35°F. The coldest day of the year is January 18, with an average low of 20°F and high of 28°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 Valdez, 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 Valdez begins around February 15 and lasts for 4.2 months, ending around June 21. On March 16, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 40% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 60% of the time.
The cloudier part of the year begins around June 21 and lasts for 7.8 months, ending around February 15. On December 6, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 72% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 28% 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 Valdez varies throughout the year.
The wetter season lasts 5.9 months, from August 4 to February 2, with a greater than 50% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 63% on September 27.
The drier season lasts 6.1 months, from February 2 to August 4. The smallest chance of a wet day is 37% on May 9.
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 Valdez changes throughout the year.
Rain alone is the most common for 8.4 months, from March 9 to November 20. The highest chance of a day with rain alone is 62% on September 23.
Snow alone is the most common for 2.6 months, from November 26 to February 14. The highest chance of a day with snow alone is 23% on December 18.
Mixed snow and rain is the most common for 4.1 weeks, from February 14 to March 9 and from November 20 to November 26. The highest chance of a day with mixed snow and rain is 22% on December 13.
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. Valdez experiences extreme seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.
Rain falls throughout the year in Valdez. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around September 22, with an average total accumulation of 10.5 inches.
The least rain falls around March 6, with an average total accumulation of 2.8 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. Valdez experiences extreme seasonal variation in monthly liquid-equivalent snowfall.
The snowy period of the year lasts for 7.0 months, from October 4 to May 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 December 23, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 3.3 inches.
The snowless period of the year lasts for 5.0 months, from May 2 to October 4. The least snow falls around July 24, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 0.0 inches.
Average Liquid-Equivalent Monthly Snowfall
The length of the day in Valdez varies extremely over the course of the year. In 2018, the shortest day is December 21, with 5 hours, 29 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 21, with 19 hours, 20 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight
The earliest sunrise is at 4:06 AM on June 19, and the latest sunrise is 5 hours, 54 minutes later at 10:00 AM on December 26. The earliest sunset is at 3:26 PM on December 16, and the latest sunset is 8 hours, 1 minute later at 11:27 PM on June 22.
Daylight saving time (DST) is observed in Valdez during 2018, starting in the spring on March 11, lasting 7.8 months, and ending in the fall on November 4.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time
The perceived humidity level in Valdez, 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 Valdez experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The windier part of the year lasts for 6.1 months, from September 30 to April 4, with average wind speeds of more than 7.7 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is January 6, with an average hourly wind speed of 11.1 miles per hour.
The calmer time of year lasts for 5.9 months, from April 4 to September 30. The calmest day of the year is July 6, with an average hourly wind speed of 4.3 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed
The predominant average hourly wind direction in Valdez varies throughout the year.
The wind is most often from the south for 4.0 months, from May 17 to September 16, with a peak percentage of 44% on July 29. The wind is most often from the north for 8.0 months, from September 16 to May 17, with a peak percentage of 53% on January 1.
Valdez 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 2.8 months, from June 23 to September 17, with an average temperature above 52°F. The day of the year with the warmest water is August 3, with an average temperature of 56°F.
The time of year with cooler water lasts for 5.0 months, from December 8 to May 6, with an average temperature below 40°F. The day of the year with the coolest water is February 27, with an average temperature of 36°F.
Average Water Temperature
Best Time of Year to Visit
To characterize how pleasant the weather is in Valdez 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 Valdez for general outdoor tourist activities is from late 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 Valdez for hot-weather activities is from late June to early 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 Valdez typically lasts for 5.5 months (166 days), from around April 24 to around October 8, rarely starting before April 9 or after May 11, and rarely ending before September 19 or after October 26.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season
Based on growing degree days alone, the first spring blooms in Valdez should appear around June 12, only rarely appearing before May 30 or after June 29.
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 2.8 months, from April 28 to July 23, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 4.7 kWh. The brightest day of the year is June 3, with an average of 5.8 kWh.
The darker period of the year lasts for 4.3 months, from October 14 to February 22, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 1.3 kWh. The darkest day of the year is December 21, with an average of 0.1 kWh.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Valdez are 61.131 deg latitude, -146.348 deg longitude, and 20 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Valdez contains extreme variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 3,724 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 369 feet. Within 10 miles also contains extreme variations in elevation (6,404 feet). Within 50 miles also contains extreme variations in elevation (12,280 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Valdez is covered by water (45%), shrubs (31%), and sparse vegetation (12%), within 10 miles by shrubs (28%) and snow and glaciers (22%), and within 50 miles by snow and glaciers (27%) and water (20%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Valdez, 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 3 weather stations near enough to contribute to our estimation of the temperature and dew point in Valdez.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Valdez 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 Valdez is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Valdez and a given station.
The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Valdez Weather Station Office (80%, 0.2 kilometers, southwest); Valdez Airport (20%, 5.6 kilometers, east); and Skelton Airport (0.2%, 101 kilometers, northwest).
Time zones for aiports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .