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Sand-Point is a town located on northwestern Popof Island, which is one of the Shumagin Islands of the Aleutian Islands, off the southern coast of Alaska. It's the borough seat of Aleutians East Borough, and is located near the entrance to the Bering Sea. As of the 2010 census, the population was 976 residents. About half the population is Native Alaskan and half non-Native. The town is known for their Culture Camp, which they host each July. This is a gathering in which Native Aleut traditions such as dance, sewing Aleut dresses, playing drums, building kayaks, knot tying, and weaving are taught. The Aleutian Islands, for the most part, are remote. They are reached via the Alaska Marine Highway. It's been said of the Aleutian Islands that "on a quiet day, when the turbulent seas and legendary winds are still, you can hear a killer whale breathe." The vast majority of the islands are bare of trees, and ones that are here are less than five feet tall. The flora consists mainly of dense herbage and shrubs such as crowberry, bluejoint, grasses, sedges, and peat bog near the coasts. The Aleutian Islands are home to large colonies of seabirds and almost all of the islands are protected as part of the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge and the Aleutian Islands Wilderness.

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Sand Point Weather & Climate

The southernmost islands of Alaska have 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.

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