This report describes the typical weather at the Tunica (Tunica, Mississippi, United States) weather station over the course of an average April. It is based on the historical records from 2005 to 2012. Earlier records are either unavailable or unreliable.
Tunica, Mississippi has a warm humid temperate climate with hot summers and no dry season. The area within 25 mi of this station is covered by croplands (55%), forests (29%), grasslands (8%), lakes and rivers (6%), and floodplains (3%).
The month of April is characterized by rising daily high temperatures, with daily highs ranging from 69°F to 77°F over the course of the month, exceeding 85°F or dropping below 58°F only one day in ten.
Over the course of April, the length of the day is gradually increasing. From the start to the end of the month, the length of the day increases by 58 minutes, implying an average day-over-day increase of 1.9 minutes.
The shortest day of the month is April 1 with 12:36 hours of daylight; the longest day is April 30 with 13:34 hours of daylight.
The earliest sunrise is at 6:12am on April 30; the latest sunset is at 7:46pm on April 30; the latest sunrise is at 6:48am on April 1; the earliest sunset is at 7:23pm 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 ranges from 26% (mostly clear) to 33% (mostly clear).
On April 15, a representative day, the sky is clear or mostly clear 52% of the time, partly cloudy 11% of the time, and mostly cloudy or overcast 35% of the time.
The average probability that some form of precipitation will be observed in a given day is 44%, with little variation over the course of the month.
Throughout April, the most common forms of precipitation are thunderstorms, light rain, and moderate rain.
Thunderstorms are the most severe precipitation observed during 56% of those days with precipitation. They are most likely around April 26, when it is observed during 27% of all days.
Light rain is the most severe precipitation observed during 19% of those days with precipitation. It is most likely around April 12, when it is observed during 9% of all days.
Moderate rain is the most severe precipitation observed during 19% of those days with precipitation. It is most likely around April 8, when it is observed during 11% of all days.
Either snow is exceptionally unlikely to fall at this location in April or this station does not reliably report precipitation types.
The relative humidity typically ranges from 40% (comfortable) to 90% (very humid) over the course of a typical April, rarely dropping below 26% (dry) and reaching as high as 97% (very humid).
The air is driest around April 19, at which time the relative humidity drops below 47% (comfortable) three days out of four; it is most humid around April 30, rising above 86% (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 42°F (dry) to 60°F (comfortable) and is rarely below 31°F (dry) or above 68°F (muggy).
The time of the month between April 1 and April 30 is the most comfortable, with dew points that are neither too dry nor too muggy.
Over the course of April typical wind speeds vary from 1 mph to 18 mph (calm to fresh breeze), rarely exceeding 24 mph (strong breeze).
The highest average wind speed of 9 mph (gentle breeze) occurs around April 6, at which time the average daily maximum wind speed is 18 mph (fresh 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).