Average Weather in September in Port Arthur Texas, United States
Daily high temperatures decrease by 5°F, from 89°F to 84°F, rarely falling below 77°F or exceeding 93°F.
Daily low temperatures decrease by 7°F, from 75°F to 68°F, rarely falling below 59°F or exceeding 78°F.
For reference, on August 5, the hottest day of the year, temperatures in Port Arthur typically range from 76°F to 90°F, while on January 6, the coldest day of the year, they range from 46°F to 61°F.
Average High and Low Temperature in September
The figure below shows you a compact characterization of the hourly average temperatures for the quarter of the year centered on September. The horizontal axis is the day, the vertical axis is the hour of the day, and the color is the average temperature for that hour and day.
Average Hourly Temperature in September
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The month of September in Port Arthur experiences rapidly decreasing cloud cover, with the percentage of time that the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy decreasing from 47% to 35%.
The clearest day of the month is September 30, with clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy conditions 65% of the time.
For reference, on July 13, the cloudiest day of the year, the chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 52%, while on October 26, the clearest day of the year, the chance of clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy skies is 69%.
Cloud Cover Categories in September
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A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. In Port Arthur, the chance of a wet day over the course of September is very rapidly decreasing, starting the month at 40% and ending it at 26%.
For reference, the year's highest daily chance of a wet day is 45% on June 25, and its lowest chance is 22% on April 15.
Probability of Precipitation in September
To show variation within the month and not just the monthly total, we show the rainfall accumulated over a sliding 31-day period centered around each day.
The average sliding 31-day rainfall during September in Port Arthur is gradually decreasing, starting the month at 4.7 inches, when it rarely exceeds 8.6 inches or falls below 1.4 inches, and ending the month at 4.3 inches, when it rarely exceeds 8.1 inches or falls below 1.3 inches.
The highest average 31-day accumulation is 4.7 inches on September 6.
Average Monthly Rainfall in September
Over the course of September in Port Arthur, the length of the day is decreasing. From the start to the end of the month, the length of the day decreases by 51 minutes, implying an average daily decrease of 1 minute, 46 seconds, and weekly decrease of 12 minutes, 25 seconds.
The shortest day of the month is September 30, with 11 hours, 54 minutes of daylight and the longest day is September 1, with 12 hours, 45 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight in September
The earliest sunrise of the month in Port Arthur is 6:52 AM on September 1 and the latest sunrise is 16 minutes later at 7:08 AM on September 30.
The latest sunset is 7:38 PM on September 1 and the earliest sunset is 36 minutes earlier at 7:02 PM on September 30.
Daylight saving time is observed in Port Arthur during 2018, but it neither starts nor ends during September, so the entire month is in daylight saving time.
For reference, on June 21, the longest day of the year, the Sun rises at 6:15 AM and sets 14 hours, 4 minutes later, at 8:19 PM, while on December 21, the shortest day of the year, it rises at 7:07 AM and sets 10 hours, 13 minutes later, at 5:20 PM.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight in September
We base the humidity comfort level on the dew point, as it determines whether perspiration will evaporate from the skin, thereby cooling the body. Lower dew points feel drier and higher dew points feel more humid. Unlike temperature, which typically varies significantly between night and day, dew point tends to change more slowly, so while the temperature may drop at night, a muggy day is typically followed by a muggy night.
The chance that a given day will be muggy in Port Arthur is very rapidly decreasing during September, falling from 94% to 62% over the course of the month.
For reference, on July 20, the muggiest day of the year, there are muggy conditions 99% of the time, while on January 23, the least muggy day of the year, there are muggy conditions 5% of the time.
Humidity Comfort Levels in September
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This section discusses the wide-area hourly average wind vector (speed and direction) at 10 meters above the ground. The wind experienced at any given location is highly dependent on local topography and other factors, and instantaneous wind speed and direction vary more widely than hourly averages.
The average hourly wind speed in Port Arthur is increasing during September, increasing from 7.0 miles per hour to 8.1 miles per hour over the course of the month.
For reference, on April 11, the windiest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 9.7 miles per hour, while on August 15, the calmest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 6.6 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed in September
Wind Direction in September
Port Arthur is located near a large body of water (e.g., ocean, sea, or large lake). This section reports on the wide-area average surface temperature of that water.
The average surface water temperature in Port Arthur is decreasing during September, falling by 5°F, from 85°F to 81°F, over the course of the month.
Average Water Temperature in September
Definitions of the growing season vary throughout the world, but for the purposes of this report, we define it as the longest continuous period of non-freezing temperatures (≥ 32°F) in the year (the calendar year in the Northern Hemisphere, or from July 1 until June 30 in the Southern Hemisphere).
The growing season in Port Arthur typically lasts for 11 months (339 days), from around January 24 to around December 30, rarely starting after March 9, or ending before December 1.
The month of September in Port Arthur is reliably fully within the growing season.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in September
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Growing degree days are a measure of yearly heat accumulation used to predict plant and animal development, and defined as the integral of warmth above a base temperature, discarding any excess above a maximum temperature. In this report, we use a base of 50°F and a cap of 86°F.
The average accumulated growing degree days in Port Arthur are rapidly increasing during September, increasing by 817°F, from 5,004°F to 5,821°F, over the course of the month.
Growing Degree Days in September
This section discusses the total daily incident shortwave solar energy reaching the surface of the ground over a wide area, taking full account of seasonal variations in the length of the day, the elevation of the Sun above the horizon, and absorption by clouds and other atmospheric constituents. Shortwave radiation includes visible light and ultraviolet radiation.
The average daily incident shortwave solar energy in Port Arthur is essentially constant during September, remaining within 0.1 kWh of 5.2 kWh throughout.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in September
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Port Arthur are 29.885 deg latitude, -93.942 deg longitude, and 3 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Port Arthur is essentially flat, with a maximum elevation change of 20 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 3 feet. Within 10 miles is also essentially flat (23 feet). Within 50 miles is essentially flat (141 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Port Arthur is covered by artificial surfaces (55%), herbaceous vegetation (18%), and bare soil (16%), within 10 miles by herbaceous vegetation (42%) and water (29%), and within 50 miles by herbaceous vegetation (36%) and water (36%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Port Arthur year round, based on a statistical analysis of historical hourly weather reports and model reconstructions from January 1, 1980 to December 31, 2016.
Temperature and Dew Point
There are 4 weather stations near enough to contribute to our estimation of the temperature and dew point in Port Arthur.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Port Arthur according to the International Standard Atmosphere , and by the relative change present in the MERRA-2 satellite-era reanalysis between the two locations.
The estimated value at Port Arthur is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Port Arthur and a given station.
The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Jack Brooks Regional Airport (72%, 11 kilometers, northwest); Orange County Airport (20%, 24 kilometers, northeast); Sabine Pass Coast Guard Station (6%, 54 kilometers, southeast); and Galveston Coast Guard Station (2.6%, 96 kilometers, southwest).
All data relating to the Sun's position (e.g., sunrise and sunset) are computed using astronomical formulas from the book, Astronomical Tables of the Sun, Moon and Planets , by Jean Meeus.
All other weather data, including cloud cover, precipitation, wind speed and direction, and solar flux, come from NASA's MERRA-2 Modern-Era Retrospective Analysis . This reanalysis combines a variety of wide-area measurements in a state-of-the-art global meteorological model to reconstruct the hourly history of weather throughout the world on a 50-kilometer grid.
Land Use data comes from the Global Land Cover SHARE database , published by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
Elevation data comes from the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) , published by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
Names, locations, and time zones of places and some airports come from the GeoNames Geographical Database .
Time zones for aiports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .
Maps are © Esri, with data from National Geographic, Esri, DeLorme, NAVTEQ, UNEP-WCMC, USGS, NASA, ESA, METI, NRCAN, GEBCO, NOAA, and iPC.
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We draw particular cautious attention to our reliance on the MERRA-2 model-based reconstructions for a number of important data series. While having the tremendous advantages of temporal and spatial completeness, these reconstructions: (1) are based on computer models that may have model-based errors, (2) are coarsely sampled on a 50 km grid and are therefore unable to reconstruct the local variations of many microclimates, and (3) have particular difficulty with the weather in some coastal areas, especially small islands.
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