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Average Weather in Craig Alaska, United States

In Craig, 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 33°F to 64°F and is rarely below 22°F or above 70°F.

Climate Summary

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

Temperature

The warm season lasts for 3.2 months, from June 9 to September 16, with an average daily high temperature above 59°F. The hottest day of the year is August 1, with an average high of 64°F and low of 53°F.

The cool season lasts for 4.2 months, from November 11 to March 18, with an average daily high temperature below 45°F. The coldest day of the year is December 29, with an average low of 33°F and high of 40°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 CraigJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec12 AM4 AM8 AM12 PM4 PM8 PM12 AMvery coldvery coldcoldcool
The average hourly temperature, color coded into bands: 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 shaded overlays indicate night and civil twilight.

Cornholme, United Kingdom (4,401 miles away) is the far-away foreign place with temperatures most similar to Craig (view comparison).

Clouds

In Craig, 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 Craig begins around April 21 and lasts for 5.2 months, ending around September 27. On August 12, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 41% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 59% of the time.

The cloudier part of the year begins around September 27 and lasts for 6.8 months, ending around April 21. On January 21, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 79% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 21% of the time.

Cloud Cover Categories

Cloud Cover Categories in CraigclearercloudiercloudierJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%Aug 1241%Aug 1241%Jan 2121%Jan 2121%Apr 2131%Apr 2131%Sep 2731%Sep 2731%clearmostly clearpartly cloudymostly cloudyovercast
The percentage of time spent in each cloud cover band, categorized by the percentage of the sky covered by clouds: clear < 20% < mostly clear < 40% < partly cloudy < 60% < mostly cloudy < 80% < overcast.

Precipitation

A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. The chance of wet days in Craig varies significantly throughout the year.

The wetter season lasts 6.7 months, from September 2 to March 24, with a greater than 55% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 73% on November 1.

The drier season lasts 5.3 months, from March 24 to September 2. The smallest chance of a wet day is 38% on May 28.

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 72% on November 1.

Daily Chance of Precipitation

Daily Chance of Precipitation in CraigwetwetdryJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%10%20%30%40%50%60%70%80%90%100%Nov 173%Nov 173%May 2838%May 2838%Jan 162%Jan 162%Sep 255%Sep 255%Mar 2455%Mar 2455%rainmixed
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. Craig experiences extreme seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.

Rain falls throughout the year in Craig. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around October 21, with an average total accumulation of 11.5 inches.

The least rain falls around June 24, with an average total accumulation of 3.4 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. Craig experiences some seasonal variation in monthly liquid-equivalent snowfall.

The snowy period of the year lasts for 4.0 months, from November 12 to March 11, 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 14, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 0.3 inches.

The snowless period of the year lasts for 8.0 months, from March 11 to November 12. The least snow falls around July 11, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 0.0 inches.

Average Liquid-Equivalent Monthly Snowfall

Average Liquid-Equivalent Monthly Snowfall in CraigsnowsnowJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 in2 in4 in6 in8 in10 in12 inJan 140.3 inJan 140.3 inJul 110.0 inJul 110.0 inNov 120.1 inNov 120.1 inMar 110.1 inMar 110.1 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 Craig varies extremely over the course of the year. In 2017, the shortest day is December 21, with 7 hours, 4 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 20, with 17 hours, 30 minutes of daylight.

Hours of Daylight and Twilight

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 4:09 AM on June 17, and the latest sunrise is 4 hours, 11 minutes later at 8:20 AM on December 28. The earliest sunset is at 3:20 PM on December 13, and the latest sunset is 6 hours, 18 minutes later at 9:39 PM on June 23.

Daylight saving time (DST) is observed in Craig 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

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time in CraigJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec12 AM2 AM4 AM6 AM8 AM10 AM12 PM2 PM4 PM6 PM8 PM10 PM12 AMJun 174:09 AMJun 174:09 AM9:39 PMJun 239:39 PMJun 23Dec 133:20 PMDec 133:20 PM8:20 AMDec 288:20 AMDec 28Mar 12DSTMar 12DSTDSTNov 5DSTNov 5daynightnightnightnightSolarMidnightSolarMidnightSolarNoonSunriseSunset
The solar day over the course of the year 2017. 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 Craig, 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 CraigJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%10%20%30%40%50%60%70%80%90%100%Feb 100%Feb 100%Aug 120%Aug 120%drydry
The percentage of time spent at various humidity comfort levels, categorized by dew point: dry < 55°F < comfortable < 60°F < humid < 65°F < muggy < 70°F < oppressive < 75°F < miserable.

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 Craig experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.

The windier part of the year lasts for 6.9 months, from September 29 to April 25, with average wind speeds of more than 7.5 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is January 13, with an average hourly wind speed of 9.5 miles per hour.

The calmer time of year lasts for 5.1 months, from April 25 to September 29. The calmest day of the year is August 4, with an average hourly wind speed of 5.6 miles per hour.

Average Wind Speed

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 Craig varies throughout the year.

The wind is most often from the south for 1.6 months, from April 6 to May 24 and for 2.4 months, from August 25 to November 6, with a peak percentage of 43% on October 9. The wind is most often from the west for 3.0 months, from May 24 to August 25, with a peak percentage of 46% on July 19. The wind is most often from the east for 5.0 months, from November 6 to April 6, with a peak percentage of 45% on January 1.

Wind Direction

Wind Direction in CraigESWSEJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%20%80%40%60%60%40%80%20%100%0%westsoutheastnorth
The percentage of hours in which the mean wind direction is from each of the four cardinal wind directions (north, east, south, and west), excluding hours in which the mean wind speed is less than 1 mph. The lightly tinted areas at the boundaries are the percentage of hours spent in the implied intermediate directions (northeast, southeast, southwest, and northwest).

Water Temperature

Craig 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 9 to September 22, with an average temperature above 53°F. The day of the year with the warmest water is August 13, with an average temperature of 55°F.

The time of year with cooler water lasts for 4.5 months, from December 19 to May 1, with an average temperature below 45°F. The day of the year with the coolest water is March 11, with an average temperature of 42°F.

Average Water Temperature

The daily average water temperature (purple line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

Best Time of Year to Visit

To characterize how pleasant the weather is in Craig 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 Craig for general outdoor tourist activities is from mid July to late August, with a peak score in the first week of August.

Tourism Score

Tourism Score in CraigJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec02468103.73.70.00.0 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 Craig for hot-weather activities is from late July to early August.

Beach/Pool Score

Beach/Pool Score in CraigJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec02468100.20.20.00.0precipitationprecipitationcloudscloudstemperaturetemperature
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 Craig typically lasts for 6.3 months (193 days), from around April 23 to around November 2, rarely starting before April 5 or after May 11, and rarely ending before October 12 or after November 24.

Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season

Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in Craiggrowing seasonJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%50%Apr 2350%Apr 2350%Nov 250%Nov 290%May 1190%May 1190%Oct 1290%Oct 1210%Apr 510%Apr 510%Nov 2410%Nov 240%Feb 40%Feb 4Jul 24100%Jul 24100%very coldcoldcool
The percentage of time spent in various temperature bands: 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 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 Craig should appear around June 9, only rarely appearing before May 24 or after June 28.

Growing Degree Days

Growing Degree Days in CraigJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0°F100°F200°F300°F400°F500°F600°F700°F800°F900°FJun 990°FJun 990°FDec 31731°FDec 31731°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 significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.

The brighter period of the year lasts for 3.3 months, from May 3 to August 14, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 4.3 kWh. The brightest day of the year is June 20, with an average of 5.2 kWh.

The darker period of the year lasts for 4.1 months, from October 17 to February 21, 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 0.3 kWh.

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy

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 Craig are 55.476 deg latitude, -133.148 deg longitude, and 0 ft elevation.

The topography within 2 miles of Craig contains large variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 2,096 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 167 feet. Within 10 miles also contains large variations in elevation (3,094 feet). Within 50 miles contains large variations in elevation (3,894 feet).

The area within 2 miles of Craig is covered by water (70%) and trees (23%), within 10 miles by water (47%) and trees (45%), and within 50 miles by water (58%) and trees (37%).

Data Sources

This report illustrates the typical weather in Craig, 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 Craig.

For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Craig 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 Craig is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Craig and a given station.

The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Klawock Airport (83%, 12 kilometers, north) and Hydaburg Seaplane Base (17%, 36 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 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.