Average Sunshine in Alaska for January

Number of Sunny Days

In the tables below, the average number of Sunny Days for a place in Alaska is the total days this month when the sky is mostly clear. This includes the days when cloud covers up to 30% of the sky during daylight hours.

Partly Sunny Days have cloud covering from 40% to 70% of the sky during the daytime. The rest of the days during January are mainly overcast, with at least 80% cloud cover. Total Days With Sun is a sum of the Sunny plus Partly Sunny days. All the numbers are averages, made from years of weather watching, for total days in the month.

You can jump to a separate table for each region of the state: Southeast, South - Central, Southwest and Far North Alaska.

Southeast Alaska

Average days of sunshine in January
Place Sunny Partly Sunny Total Days
With Sun
Annette Island 4 4 8
Juneau 6 3 9
Yakutat 5 3 8

South - Central Alaska

Days in January with sunshine
Place Sunny Partly Sunny Total Days
With Sun
Anchorage 7 5 12
Fairbanks 9 6 15
Gulkana 15 4 19
Homer 8 4 12
Talkeetna 6 4 10
Valdez 5 4 9

Southwest Alaska

Sunny days in January
Place Sunny Partly Sunny Total Days
With Sun
Bethel 8 5 13
Cold Bay 2 5 7
King Salmon 8 5 13
Kodiak 5 6 11
McGrath 9 5 14
St Paul Island 2 6 8

Far North Alaska

Number of days with sun in an average year
Place Sunny Partly Sunny Total Days
With Sun
Bettles 15 5 20
Kotzebue 11 4 15
Nome 10 4 14

Amount of Sun

Here's another way to look at how much sunshine a place gets. The % Sun number measures the percentage of time between sunrise and sunset that sunshine reaches the ground. Again, these amounts are monthly averages based on many years of weather observations.

Percent sunshine for January
Place % Sun
Anchorage 34
Juneau 32
Nome 40

National Climatic Data Center. Comparative Climatic Data.

Alaska Sunshine
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