Anchorage, Alaska 

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Climate in Anchorage, Alaska

Anchorage, Alaska gets 17 inches of rain, on average, per year. The US average is 38 inches of rain per year.

Anchorage averages 79 inches of snow per year. The US average is 28 inches of snow per year.

On average, there are 126 sunny days per year in Anchorage. The US average is 205 sunny days.

Anchorage gets some kind of precipitation, on average, 112 days per year. Precipitation is rain, snow, sleet, or hail that falls to the ground. In order for precipitation to be counted you have to get at least .01 inches on the ground to measure.


Weather Highlights

Summer High: the July high is around 67 degrees
Winter Low: the January low is 9
Rain: averages 17 inches of rain a year
Snow: averages 79 inches of snow a year


BESTPLACES COMFORT INDEX

The annual BestPlaces Comfort Index for Anchorage is 5.5 (10=best), which means it is more comfortable than most places in Alaska.

5.5 / 10
July, June and August are the most pleasant months in Anchorage, while December and January are the least comfortable months.

Climate Averages
  Anchorage, AlaskaUnited States
  17.3 in.38.1 in.
  78.8 in.27.8 in.
  111.8 days106.2 days
  126 days205 days
  67.0°85.8°
  8.6°21.7°
  5.57
  1.44.3
  102 ft.2443 ft.
CLIMATE

YOU SHOULD KNOW

Many people confuse weather and climate but they are different. Weather is the conditions of the atmosphere over a short period of time, and climate is how the atmosphere is over long periods of time.

Weather is how the atmosphere is behaving and its effects upon life and human activities. Weather can change from minute-to-minute. Most people think of weather in terms of temperature, humidity, precipitation, cloudiness, brightness, visibility, wind, and atmospheric pressure.

Climate is the description of the long-term pattern of weather in a place. Climate can mean the average weather for a particular region and time period taken over 30 years. Climate is the average of weather over time.


July is the hottest month for Anchorage with an average high temperature of 67.0°, which ranks it as warmer than most places in Alaska. In Anchorage, there are 0 comfortable months with high temperatures in the range of 70-85°. The most pleasant months of the year for Anchorage are July, June and August.


January has the coldest nighttime temperatures for Anchorage with an average of 8.6°. This is about average compared to other places in Alaska.


In Anchorage, there are 0.0 days annually when the high temperature is over 90°, which is about average compared to other places in Alaska.


In Anchorage, there are 196.5 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below freezing, which is about average compared to other places in Alaska.


In Anchorage, there are 27.4 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below zero°, which is warmer than most places in Alaska.


August is the wettest month in Anchorage with 3.0 inches of rain, and the driest month is April with 0.5 inches. The wettest season is Autumn with 35% of yearly precipitation and 11% occurs in Summer, which is the driest season. The annual rainfall of 17.3 inches in Anchorage means that it is about average compared to other places in Alaska.


August is the rainiest month in Anchorage with 14.4 days of rain, and April is the driest month with only 4.7 rainy days. There are 111.8 rainy days annually in Anchorage, which is less rainy than most places in Alaska. The rainiest season is Autumn when it rains 31% of the time and the driest is Summer with only a 16% chance of a rainy day.


An annual snowfall of 78.8 inches in Anchorage means that it is snowier than most places in Alaska. December is the snowiest month in Anchorage with 17.8 inches of snow, and 7 months of the year have significant snowfall.





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    An inconvenient, overpriced icebox. - 7/18/2019
    I've lived here for several years and dislike it more and more each year. Family and lack of funds has kept me here. Aside from the weather and darkness, there is... Read More

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