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Biorka Island is an island near Sitka, Alaska. The National Weather Service has a radar there. The island is also a popular spot to watch sealions. Thus, a proposal to give a parcel of 438 acres (177 ha) on the island to the University of Alaska stirred up a controversy.

The original name in the Tlingit language for the island is Watsíxh ("Caribou").

Climate

Biorka Island has a subpolar oceanic climate (Köppen Cfc).

Climate data for Biorka Island
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 53
(11.7)
52
(11.1)
52
(11.1)
75
(23.9)
75
(23.9)
74
(23.3)
72
(22.2)
74
(23.3)
70
(21.1)
69
(20.6)
58
(14.4)
52
(11.1)
75
(23.9)
Average high °F (°C) 38.2
(3.44)
40.9
(4.94)
42.7
(5.94)
47.7
(8.72)
52.2
(11.22)
55.2
(12.89)
59.6
(15.33)
63.3
(17.39)
59.6
(15.33)
52.2
(11.22)
44.2
(6.78)
39
(3.9)
49.6
(9.78)
Average low °F (°C) 26.8
(-2.89)
27.5
(-2.5)
32.7
(0.39)
33.6
(0.89)
40.1
(4.5)
44.3
(6.83)
48.8
(9.33)
49.9
(9.94)
46.3
(7.94)
38.8
(3.78)
32
(0)
30.2
(-1)
37.6
(3.11)
Record low °F (°C) -2
(-18.9)
0
(-17.8)
19
(-7.2)
19
(-7.2)
23
(-5)
34
(1.1)
33
(0.6)
28
(-2.2)
33
(0.6)
22
(-5.6)
17
(-8.3)
-5
(-20.6)
-5
(-20.6)
Precipitation inches (mm) 8.45
(214.6)
5.97
(151.6)
7.23
(183.6)
5.82
(147.8)
6.5
(165)
4.33
(110)
4.93
(125.2)
3.43
(87.1)
9.12
(231.6)
16.58
(421.1)
10.45
(265.4)
10.41
(264.4)
93.2
(2,367)
Snowfall inches (cm) 7.7
(19.6)
9.1
(23.1)
3.1
(7.9)
0.6
(1.5)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
1.5
(3.8)
1.5
(3.8)
23.5
(59.7)
Avg. precipitation days 19 14 21 15 20 17 16 12 18 24 19 21 216
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