This report describes the typical weather at the Hurlburt Field (Fort Walton Beach, Florida, United States) weather station over the course of an average September. It is based on the historical records from 1974 to 2012. Earlier records are either unavailable or unreliable.
Fort Walton Beach, Florida has a warm humid temperate climate with hot summers and no dry season. The area within 25 mi of this station is covered by oceans and seas (50%), croplands (34%), forests (12%), and grasslands (3%).
The month of September is characterized by falling daily high temperatures, with daily highs decreasing from 88°F to 83°F over the course of the month, exceeding 91°F or dropping below 77°F only one day in ten.
Over the course of September, the length of the day is gradually decreasing. From the start to the end of the month, the length of the day decreases by 53 minutes, implying an average day-over-day decrease of 1.8 minutes.
The shortest day of the month is September 30 with 11:52 hours of daylight; the longest day is September 1 with 12:46 hours of daylight.
The earliest sunrise is at 6:23am on September 1; the latest sunset is at 7:09pm on September 1; the latest sunrise is at 6:40am on September 30; the earliest sunset is at 6:32pm on September 30.
Daylight saving time is observed in 2012 but it neither starts nor ends in September, so the entire month is in daylight time.
The median cloud cover ranges from 49% (partly cloudy) to 60% (partly cloudy). The trend is for the sky to be clearing with the median cloud cover decreasing by 12% from the start to the end of the month.
On September 30, the clearest day of the month, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 57% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 37% of the time.
On September 1, the cloudiest day of the month, the sky is overcast, mostly cloudy, or partly cloudy 64% of the time, and clear or mostly clear 29% of the time.
The probability that precipitation will be observed at this location varies throughout the month. Precipitation is most likely around September 1, occurring in 54% of days. Precipitation is least likely around September 30, occurring in 38% of days.
Throughout September, the most common forms of precipitation are thunderstorms and light rain.
Thunderstorms are the most severe precipitation observed during 61% of those days with precipitation. They are most likely around September 1, when it is observed during 38% of all days.
Light rain is the most severe precipitation observed during 29% of those days with precipitation. It is most likely around September 30, when it is observed during 15% of all days.
Either snow is exceptionally unlikely to fall at this location in September or this station does not reliably report precipitation types.
The relative humidity typically ranges from 54% (mildly humid) to 95% (very humid) over the course of a typical September, rarely dropping below 33% (comfortable) and reaching as high as 100% (very humid).
The air is driest around September 30, at which time the relative humidity drops below 64% (mildly humid) three days out of four; it is most humid around September 1, rising above 92% (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 September, the dew point typically varies from 59°F (comfortable) to 75°F (very muggy) and is rarely below 45°F (dry) or above 79°F (oppressive).
Over the course of September typical wind speeds vary from 0 mph to 12 mph (calm to gentle breeze), rarely exceeding 17 mph (moderate breeze).
The highest average wind speed of 7 mph (light breeze) occurs around September 30, at which time the average daily maximum wind speed is 12 mph (gentle breeze).
The lowest average wind speed of 6 mph (light breeze) occurs around September 1, at which time the average daily maximum wind speed is 11 mph (gentle breeze).