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Akutan is a fishing village located on Akutan Island in the Aleutians East Borough in the Aleutians Islands. As of the 2010 census, the population was 1,027. Approximately 75 of those are permanent year-round residents, but the majority are transient fishing-processing workers that live in group quarters. A federally-recognized tribe is also located in the community - the Native Village of Akutan. This breathtakingly dramatic island is bordered on one side by the Pacific Ocean and the other side by the Bering Sea. It encompasses 14 square miles of land and 4.9 square miles of water. The village of Akutan began in 1878 as a fur storage and trading post. A whale processing station was built across the bay from Akutan in 1912 - the only whaling station in the Aleutians. It stayed in operation until 1939. During World War II, the residents of Akutan were evacuated to the Ketchikan area. The village was re-established in 1944 and the city of Akutan was incorporated in 1979. Today, commercial fishing is the main industry, and a seafood plant west of the town processes cod, crab, Pollock and fish meal. Akutan is one of the most volcanically active islands and eruptions are generally moderately explosive and in short duration.

Surrounding areas: Unalaska, Alaska (35.4 mi), Dutch Harbor, Alaska (35.6 mi)

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Akutan Weather & Climate

The Alutian Islands are the southernmost point in Alaska. The climate on the islands is classified as subpolar oceanic. This type of climate is characterized by persistently overcast skies, moderate temperatures, high winds, and frequent cyclonic storms. Average temperatures range from 20 to 60 degrees F., but wind chill factors often make it feel frigid. Winter squalls produce wind gusts of up 120 miles per hour. Summer weather is much cooler here than in southeast Alaska, and summer fog is persistent. The islands in this part of southern Alaska receive abundant rainfall, with 263 rainy days per year. Average accumulated snowfall is 100 inches, although snow tends to melt soon after falling.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 36°F 26°F 6.77 in. -
February 36°F 25°F 5.85 in. -
March 38°F 27°F 6.05 in. -
April 40°F 30°F 3.00 in. -
May 45°F 35°F 3.37 in. -
June 51°F 40°F 2.62 in. -
July 56°F 44°F 2.03 in. -
August 58°F 46°F 2.63 in. -
September 54°F 42°F 5.34 in. -
October 47°F 36°F 6.30 in. -
November 42°F 31°F 6.56 in. -
December 38°F 28°F 6.79 in. -

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