Tin City, Alaska

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Tin City
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Tin City in the 1940s
Coordinates: 65°33′31″N167°56′53″W / 65.55861°N 167.94806°W / 65.55861; -167.94806
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Tin City (Inupiaq: Tupqaġruk) is an abandoned town except for a nearby minimally staffed radar station, in the Nome Census Area of the U.S. state of Alaska. It is situated at the mouth of Cape Creek, on the Bering Sea coast, 5 miles (8 km) southeast of Cape Prince of Wales on the Seward Peninsula. [1]

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They also have the nearby Tin City LRRS (Long Range Radar Site) Airport.

History

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Tin City

Tin ore was discovered on Cape Mountain in July 1902. A mining camp was established at the base of the mountain in 1903 and the Tin City post office was opened in 1904. By 1907 it had a few widely scattered houses and two companies operating out of the village. The post office closed in 1909. [1]

Climate

Tin City has a tundra climate (ET) with short but cool summers and long, bitterly cold winters. Precipitation peaks during August. Snowfall is the heaviest during early winter.

Climate data for Tin City, Alaska
MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecYear
Record high °F (°C)48
(9)
41
(5)
38
(3)
47
(8)
58
(14)
74
(23)
75
(24)
70
(21)
64
(18)
53
(12)
43
(6)
40
(4)
75
(24)
Mean daily maximum °F (°C)7.9
(−13.4)
−0.4
(−18.0)
4.2
(−15.4)
13.3
(−10.4)
30.6
(−0.8)
42.8
(6.0)
49.9
(9.9)
48.9
(9.4)
43.1
(6.2)
30.6
(−0.8)
19.8
(−6.8)
7.8
(−13.4)
24.9
(−4.0)
Daily mean °F (°C)2.7
(−16.3)
−5.3
(−20.7)
−1.0
(−18.3)
8.5
(−13.1)
26.8
(−2.9)
38.5
(3.6)
45.9
(7.7)
45.6
(7.6)
39.8
(4.3)
27.5
(−2.5)
15.7
(−9.1)
3.0
(−16.1)
20.6
(−6.3)
Mean daily minimum °F (°C)−2.6
(−19.2)
−10.2
(−23.4)
−6.1
(−21.2)
3.6
(−15.8)
23.0
(−5.0)
34.2
(1.2)
41.9
(5.5)
42.2
(5.7)
36.5
(2.5)
24.4
(−4.2)
11.6
(−11.3)
−1.8
(−18.8)
16.4
(−8.7)
Record low °F (°C)−37
(−38)
−44
(−42)
−41
(−41)
−26
(−32)
−6
(−21)
21
(−6)
31
(−1)
31
(−1)
21
(−6)
−4
(−20)
−18
(−28)
−42
(−41)
−44
(−42)
Average precipitation inches (mm)0.56
(14)
0.29
(7.4)
0.37
(9.4)
0.41
(10)
0.33
(8.4)
0.65
(17)
1.80
(46)
2.41
(61)
1.49
(38)
1.87
(47)
1.52
(39)
0.50
(13)
12.2
(310.2)
Average snowfall inches (cm)5.7
(14)
2.5
(6.4)
3.4
(8.6)
4.0
(10)
2.4
(6.1)
0.7
(1.8)
0.2
(0.51)
0.3
(0.76)
1.7
(4.3)
13.6
(35)
14.6
(37)
5.1
(13)
54.2
(137.47)
Source: WRCC [2]

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References

  1. 1 2 "Tin City". Geographic Names Information System . United States Geological Survey, United States Department of the Interior . Retrieved July 10, 2009.
  2. Tin City, Alaska - Period of Record : 7/1/1953 to 1/31/1985 Archived May 9, 2017, at the Wayback Machine . Retrieved November 14, 2019.