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Cold-Bay is a small community located on the southern tip of the Alaska Peninsula. It is the beginning of the Aleutian Islands Archipelago. The population in the 2010 census was 108 permanent residents. Cold Bay is, however, known as a "transient community," with many people staying no longer than a year or so. Residents are drawn to the community mainly for weather service or air traffic jobs. Cold Bay is home to Cold Bay Airport and is one of the main commercial centers of the Alaska Peninsula. During World War II, Cold Bay was the site of Fort Randall Air Force Base. At that time, the airport was the largest in the state with a 10,000 foot runway. Times have changed, and today, the Cold Bay School employs one teacher and has ten students enrolled. Tourists come mainly to visit the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge at the western end of the Alaska Peninsula. Up to 70,000 Canada geese migrate through the refuge in the fall, and Izembeck Lagoon offers the worlds largest eelgrass beds. Cold Bay is home to one restaurant and one store - Bearfoot Inn Alaska, formerly the World Famous Weathered Inn. It supplies groceries to the residents of Cold Bay and other communities within the Aleutians East Borough, and also offers lodging in an eight-room hotel and 6-room bunk house. The Inn is within walking distance of the airport. Cold Bay hosts the Silver Salmon Derby each fall. This fishing contest has both adult and children's categories for cash prizes for the largest fish. A raft race and Polar Bear Jump and a banquet are also part of the derby.

Surrounding areas: King Cove, Alaska (18.9 mi), False Pass, Alaska (36.9 mi)

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Cold Bay Weather & Climate

The southernmost area of Alaska has a subpolar oceanic climate. 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 32°F 23°F 3.08 in. -
February 32°F 22°F 2.59 in. -
March 35°F 24°F 2.48 in. -
April 38°F 28°F 2.30 in. -
May 44°F 34°F 2.65 in. -
June 50°F 41°F 2.89 in. -
July 55°F 46°F 2.53 in. -
August 56°F 47°F 3.59 in. -
September 52°F 43°F 4.51 in. -
October 45°F 35°F 4.54 in. -
November 39°F 29°F 4.79 in. -
December 35°F 26°F 4.33 in. -

Cold Bay Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Cold Bay airport (CDB) located right in Cold Bay.

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