Barrow, Alaska Webcam
This webcam is from the Sea Ice Group at the Geophysical Institute
Barrow is a city in and the borough seat of the North Slope Borough in the U.S. state of Alaska. It is one of the northernmost cities in the world, and is the northernmost city in the United States, with nearby Point Barrow being the nation’s northernmost point. The population was 4,683 at the 2000 census, with an estimated population of 3,982 in 2007. It was named after Sir John Barrow.
The city derived its name from Point Barrow, which was named by Frederick William Beechey in 1825 for Sir John Barrow of the British Admiralty. The location has been home to Native Inupiat Eskimo people for over 1,000 years under the name Ukpeagvik or “place where snowy owls are hunted”.
Barrow has the lowest average temperatures of cities in Alaska. Although it is rare for Barrow to record the lowest temperatures statewide during cold waves, extremely low wind chill and “white out” conditions from blowing snow are very common. Temperatures remain below freezing from early October through late May.
The high temperature is above freezing on an average of only 120 days per year, and there are 160 days of sub-0 °F. Freezing temperatures, and snowfall, can occur during any month of the year.
In terms of precipitation, Barrow has a desert climate, and averages less than 5 inches (127 mm) “rainfall equivalent” per year. One inch of rain possesses approximately equal water content to 12 inches of snow. According to 1971−2000 normals, this includes 29 inches of snow, compared to 101 inches for Kuujjuaq in Nunavik, Quebec or 84 inches and 77 inches for much warmer Juneau and Kodiak, Alaska, respectively. Even Sable Island, at around 44 degrees latitude and under the influence of the Gulf Stream, receives 44 inches, or 52 percent more snowfall than Barrow.