This report describes the typical weather at the Drake Field/Fayetteville Municipal Airport (Fayetteville, Arkansas, United States) weather station over the course of an average April. It is based on the historical records from 1974 to 2012. Earlier records are either unavailable or unreliable.
Fayetteville, Arkansas has a warm humid temperate climate with hot summers and no dry season. The area within 25 mi of this station is covered by forests (97%).
The month of April is characterized by rising daily high temperatures, with daily highs increasing from 65°F to 73°F over the course of the month, exceeding 81°F or dropping below 51°F only one day in ten.
Over the course of April, the length of the day is increasing. From the start to the end of the month, the length of the day increases by 1:03 hours, implying an average day-over-day increase of 2.1 minutes.
The shortest day of the month is April 1 with 12:36 hours of daylight; the longest day is April 30 with 13:39 hours of daylight.
The earliest sunrise is at 6:25am on April 30; the latest sunset is at 8:04pm on April 30; the latest sunrise is at 7:02am on April 1; the earliest sunset is at 7:39pm on April 1.
Daylight savings time is observed in 2012 but it neither starts nor ends in April, so the entire month is in daylight time.
The median cloud cover is 58% (partly cloudy) and does not vary substantially over the course of the month.
On April 15, a representative day, the sky is clear or mostly clear 40% of the time, partly cloudy 12% of the time, and mostly cloudy or overcast 47% of the time.
The average probability that some form of precipitation will be observed in a given day is 39%, with little variation over the course of the month.
Throughout April, the most common forms of precipitation are thunderstorms and light rain.
Thunderstorms are the most severe precipitation observed during 51% of those days with precipitation. They are most likely around April 29, when it is observed during 22% of all days.
Light rain is the most severe precipitation observed during 32% of those days with precipitation. It is most likely around April 13, when it is observed during 13% of all days.
The likelihood of snow falling is highest around April 1, occurring in 3% of days.
Either snow rarely accumulates at this location in April or snow depth measurements are unavailable or unreliable.
The relative humidity typically ranges from 41% (comfortable) to 96% (very humid) over the course of a typical April, rarely dropping below 24% (dry) and reaching as high as 100% (very humid).
The air is driest around April 8, at which time the relative humidity drops below 51% (mildly humid) three days out of four; it is most humid around April 30, rising above 94% (very humid) three days out of four.
Dew point is often a better measure of how comfortable a person will find the weather than relative humidity because it more directly relates to whether perspiration will evaporate from the skin, thereby cooling the body. Lower dew points feel drier and higher dew points feel more humid.
Over the course of a typical April, the dew point typically varies from 34°F (dry) to 57°F (comfortable) and is rarely below 21°F (dry) or above 66°F (muggy).
Over the course of April typical wind speeds vary from 0 mph to 17 mph (calm to moderate breeze), rarely exceeding 24 mph (fresh breeze).
The highest average wind speed of 9 mph (gentle breeze) occurs around April 2, at which time the average daily maximum wind speed is 17 mph (moderate breeze).
The lowest average wind speed of 8 mph (gentle breeze) occurs around April 30, at which time the average daily maximum wind speed is 16 mph (moderate breeze).