This report describes the historical weather record at the Barksdale Air Force Base (Bossier City, Louisiana, United States) during 2012. This station has records back to December 1947.
Bossier City, Louisiana 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 (66%), croplands (24%), lakes and rivers (5%), and built-up areas (3%)
Daylight saving time (DST) was observed at Bossier City, Louisiana during 2012. There were two time changes during 2012:
2012 was a leap year and thus has 366 days rather than the normal 365. Leap years occur every fourth year and the extra day is always February 29th. In 2012 February 29th falls on a Wednesday.
The summer and winter solstices and the spring and fall equinoxes mark the passing of the seasons. They fall on nearly the same day each year, with differences of a day or two depending on the year. In 2012 they occurred on:
|Spring Equinox||Tuesday, 20 March 2012.|
|Summer Solstice||Wednesday, 20 June 2012.|
|Fall Equinox||Saturday, 22 September 2012.|
|Winter Solstice||Friday, 21 December 2012.|
The hottest day of 2012 was July 29, with a high temperature of 102°F. For reference, on that day the average high temperature is 95°F and the high temperature exceeds 100°F only one day in ten. The hottest month of 2012 was June with an average daily high temperature of 93°F.
Relative to the average, the hottest day was January 20. The high temperature that day was 79°F, compared to the average of 56°F, a difference of 23°F. In relative terms the warmest month was January, with an average high temperature of 65°F, compared to an typical value of 56°F.
The longest warm spell was from May 16 to May 31, constituting 16 consecutive days with warmer than average high temperatures. The month of March had the largest fraction of warmer than average days with 77% days with higher than average high temperatures.
The coldest day of 2012 was January 3, with a low temperature of 23°F. For reference, on that day the average low temperature is 36°F and the low temperature drops below 26°F only one day in ten. The coldest month of 2012 was January with an average daily low temperature of 40°F.
Relative to the average, the coldest day was October 9. The low temperature that day was 41°F, compared to the average of 57°F, a difference of 16°F. In relative terms the coldest month was November, with an average low temperature of 42°F, compared to an typical value of 45°F.
The longest cold spell was from May 12 to May 21, constituting 10 consecutive days with cooler than average low temperatures. The month of June had the largest fraction of cooler than average days with 63% days with lower than average low temperatures.
The clearest month of 2012 was June, with 83% of days being more clear than cloudy. The longest spell of clear weather was from June 20 to July 2, constituting 13 consecutive days that were clearer than they were cloudy.
The cloudiest month of 2012 was February, with 59% of days being more cloudy than clear. The longest spell of cloudy weather was from February 13 to February 20, constituting 8 consecutive days that were cloudier than they were clear.
This station reports both the quantity of liquid precipitation and categorical observations of precipitation (e.g., moderate rain, or heavy snow). Both are subject to erroneous reports, but the former is particularly prone to false reports, especially ones indicating an excessive quantity of precipitation. Please bear this in mind when reading the extrema reported in this section.
The day with the largest quantity of precipitation was March 20. That day saw 3.055" of liquid (or liquid equivalent) precipitation, compared to a median value of 0.271". The month with the most precipitation was March, with 8.898", compared to a median value of 3.173".
As determined by quantitative measurements, the longest dry spell was from May 13 to June 6, constituting 25 consecutive days with no measured precipitation. The month with the largest fraction of dry days was May, with 94% of days reporting no measured precipitation at all.
The month with the largest fraction of days with at least some measured precipitation was February, with 38% of days reporting some measured precipitation.
This station reports when significant weather events (including precipitation) are visually observed at or near the station. Such events do not always correspond to measured quantities of liquid equivalent precipitation, such as when the event is near by not at the station, or in the case of solid precipitation that does not melt in the collection basin.
The day in 2012 with the most precipitation observations was September 17. There were 21 hourly weather reports that day (out of a maximum of 24) in which some form of precipitation was observated at or near the station. The month with the most precipitation observations was March, with 68 hourly present weather reports involving some form of precipitation.
As determined by the present weather reports, the longest dry spell was from May 12 to May 30, constituting 19 consecutive days with no observed precipitation. The month with the largest fraction of days without observed precipitation was October, with 87% of days reporting no observed precipitation at all.
The month with the largest fraction of days with at least some observed precipitation was March, with 35% of days reporting some observed precipitation.
Either snow is exceptionally rare at this location or this station did not reliably report it during 2012.
Humidity is an important factor in determining how weather conditions feel to a person experiencing them. Hot and humid days feel even hotter than hot and dry days because the high level of water content in humid air discourages the evaporation of sweat from a person's skin.
When reading the graph below, keep in mind that the hottest part of the day tends to be the least humid, so the daily low (brown) traces are more relevant for understanding daytime comfort than the daily high (blue) traces, which typically occur during the night. Applying that observation, the least humid month of 2012 was November with an average daily low humidity of 38%, and the most humid month was December with an average daily low humidity of 51%.
But it is important to keep in mind that humidity does not tell the whole picture and the dew point is often a better measure of how comfortable a person will find a given set of weather conditions. Please see the next section for continued discussion of this point.
Dew point is the temperature below which water vapor will condense into liquid water. It is therefore also related to the rate of evaporation of liquid water. Since the evaporation of sweat is an important cooling mechanism for the human body, the dew point is an important measurement for understanding how dry, comfortable, or humid a given set of weather conditions will feel.
Generally speaking, dew points below 50°F will feel a bit dry to some people, but comfortable to people accustomed to dry conditions; dew points from 50°F to 68°F are fairly comfortable to most people, and dew points above 68°F are increasingly uncomfortable, becoming oppressive around 77°F.
To take some examples, and basing our categorization on the daily high dew point in 2012, January had 15 dry days, 16 comfortable days, and no humid days; April had 1 dry day, 26 comfortable days, and 3 humid days; July had no dry days, no comfortable days, and 31 humid days; and October had 7 dry days, 19 comfortable days, and 5 humid days.
The highest sustained wind speed was 31 mph, occurring on March 8; the highest daily mean wind speed was 19 mph (December 20); and the highest wind gust speed was 48 mph (June 12).
The windiest month was March, with an average wind speed of 8 mph. The least windy month was September, with an average wind speed of 5 mph.
Visibility is the maximum distance at which a given reference object or light can be clearly discerned. In the United States, visibilities that are greater than or equal to 10 miles are typically reported as 10 miles.
The day of 2012 with the lowest average visibility was April 29, with an average visibility of 3.7 mi. The month with the lowest average visibility was January, with an average visibility of 9.1 mi. With an average visibility of 9.9 mi, the month of May had the highest average visibility.
The cloud ceiling is the altitude of the lowest layer of clouds that are at categorized as broken (mostly cloudy) or overcast (cloudy). If no such cloud layer exists then the ceiling is unlimited and no value is reported.
The day of 2012 with the lowest average cloud ceiling was November 1, with an average cloud ceiling of 0'. The month with the lowest average cloud ceiling was December, with an average cloud ceiling of 3732'. The month of August has the highest average cloud ceiling, with an average cloud ceiling of 11163'.