Anchorage Metro Area, Alaska 

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Climate in Anchorage Metro Area, Alaska

Anchorage Metro Area, Alaska gets 20 inches of rain, on average, per year. The US average is 38 inches of rain per year.

Anchorage Metro Area averages 84 inches of snow per year. The US average is 28 inches of snow per year.

On average, there are 131 sunny days per year in Anchorage Metro Area. The US average is 205 sunny days.

Anchorage Metro Area gets some kind of precipitation, on average, 109 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 66 degrees
Winter Low: the January low is 6
Rain: averages 20 inches of rain a year
Snow: averages 84 inches of snow a year


BESTPLACES COMFORT INDEX

The annual BestPlaces Comfort Index for the Anchorage metro area is 5.3 (10=best), which means it is more comfortable than most places in Alaska.

5.3 / 10
July, June and August are the most pleasant months in the Anchorage metro area, while December and January are the least comfortable months.

Climate Averages
  Anchorage, AlaskaUnited States
  19.8 in.38.1 in.
  84.2 in.27.8 in.
  109.4 days106.2 days
  131 days205 days
  66.1°85.8°
  6.0°21.7°
  5.37
  1.44.3
  2706 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 the Anchorage metro area with an average high temperature of 66.1°, which ranks it as about average compared to other places in Alaska. In the Anchorage metro area, there are 0 comfortable months with high temperatures in the range of 70-85°. The most pleasant months of the year for the Anchorage metro area are July, August and June.


January has the coldest nighttime temperatures for the Anchorage metro area with an average of 6.0°. This is about average compared to other places in Alaska.


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


In the Anchorage metro area, there are 203.2 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below freezing, which is about average compared to other places in Alaska.


In the Anchorage metro area, there are 39.5 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below zero°, which is about average compared to other places in Alaska.


September is the wettest month in the Anchorage metro area with 3.2 inches of rain, and the driest month is April with 0.7 inches. The wettest season is Winter with 35% of yearly precipitation and 12% occurs in Summer, which is the driest season. The annual rainfall of 19.8 inches in the Anchorage metro area means that it is about average compared to other places in Alaska.


August is the rainiest month in the Anchorage metro area with 14.1 days of rain, and April is the driest month with only 4.9 rainy days. There are 109.4 rainy days annually in the Anchorage metro area, which is less rainy than most places in Alaska. The rainiest season is Autumn when it rains 32% of the time and the driest is Summer with only a 16% chance of a rainy day.


An annual snowfall of 84.2 inches in the Anchorage metro area means that it is snowier than most places in Alaska. December is the snowiest month in the Anchorage metro area with 19.1 inches of snow, and 9 months of the year have significant snowfall.





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    Not as good as you have seen on TV - 7/4/2018
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