Average Weather in January in Fort Nelson Canada
In Fort Nelson, the month of January is characterized by rising daily high temperatures, with daily highs increasing by 5°F, from 6°F to 11°F over the course of the month, and rarely exceeding 33°F or dropping below -16°F.
Daily low temperatures increase by 3°F, from -8°F to -5°F, rarely falling below -30°F or exceeding 13°F. The lowest daily average low temperature is -9°F on January 14.
For reference, on July 24, the hottest day of the year, temperatures in Fort Nelson typically range from 53°F to 75°F, while on January 14, the coldest day of the year, they range from -9°F to 6°F.
Average High and Low Temperature in January
The figure below shows you a compact characterization of the hourly average temperatures for the quarter of the year centered on January. 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 January
The month of January in Fort Nelson experiences essentially constant cloud cover, with the percentage of time that the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy remaining about 68% throughout the month.
The clearest day of the month is January 5, with clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy conditions 33% of the time.
For reference, on March 5, the cloudiest day of the year, the chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 70%, while on August 8, the clearest day of the year, the chance of clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy skies is 48%.
Cloud Cover in January
A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. In Fort Nelson, the chance of a wet day over the course of January is essentially constant, remaining around 13% throughout.
For reference, the year's highest daily chance of a wet day is 31% on July 14, and its lowest chance is 10% on February 14.
Probability of Precipitation in January
We report snowfall in liquid-equivalent terms. The actual depth of new snowfall is typically between 5 and 10 times the liquid-equivalent amount, assuming the ground is frozen. As with rainfall, we consider the liquid-equivalent snowfall accumulated over a sliding 31-day period centered around each day.
The average sliding 31-day liquid-equivalent snowfall during January in Fort Nelson is essentially constant, remaining about 0.5 inches throughout, and rarely exceeding 0.9 inches or falling below 0.1 inches.
Average Monthly Liquid-Equivalent Snowfall in January
Over the course of January in Fort Nelson, the length of the day is rapidly increasing. From the start to the end of the month, the length of the day increases by 1 hour, 46 minutes, implying an average daily increase of 3 minutes, 32 seconds, and weekly increase of 24 minutes, 41 seconds.
The shortest day of the month is January 1, with 6 hours, 25 minutes of daylight and the longest day is January 31, with 8 hours, 10 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight in January
The latest sunrise of the month in Fort Nelson is 10:02 AM on January 1 and the earliest sunrise is 43 minutes earlier at 9:19 AM on January 31.
The earliest sunset is 4:27 PM on January 1 and the latest sunset is 1 hour, 3 minutes later at 5:29 PM on January 31.
Daylight saving time is not observed in Fort Nelson during 2017.
For reference, on June 21, the longest day of the year, the Sun rises at 3:59 AM and sets 18 hours, 27 minutes later, at 10:25 PM, while on December 21, the shortest day of the year, it rises at 10:02 AM and sets 6 hours, 14 minutes later, at 4:16 PM.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight in January
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 Fort Nelson is essentially constant during January, remaining around 0% throughout.
For reference, on July 29, the muggiest day of the year, there are muggy conditions 0% of the time, while on January 1, the least muggy day of the year, there are muggy conditions 0% of the time.
Humidity Comfort Levels in January
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 Fort Nelson is essentially constant during January, remaining around 2.3 miles per hour throughout.
For reference, on January 29, the windiest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 2.4 miles per hour, while on July 21, the calmest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 1.8 miles per hour.
The highest daily average wind speed during January is 2.4 miles per hour on January 29.
Average Wind Speed in January
Wind Direction in January
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 Fort Nelson is essentially constant during January, remaining within 0.2 kWh of 0.6 kWh throughout.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in January
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Fort Nelson are 58.805 deg latitude, -122.700 deg longitude, and 1,299 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Fort Nelson contains significant variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 646 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 1,346 feet. Within 10 miles contains significant variations in elevation (1,257 feet). Within 50 miles contains very significant variations in elevation (4,203 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Fort Nelson is covered by trees (62%), sparse vegetation (16%), and herbaceous vegetation (12%), within 10 miles by trees (77%) and herbaceous vegetation (12%), and within 50 miles by trees (86%) and herbaceous vegetation (10%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Fort Nelson 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 is only a single weather station, Northern Rockies Regional Airport, in our network suitable to be used as a proxy for the historical temperature and dew point records of Fort Nelson.
At a distance of 7 kilometers from Fort Nelson, closer than our threshold of 150 kilometers, this station is deemed sufficiently nearby to be relied upon as our primary source for temperature and dew point records.
The station records are corrected for the elevation difference between the station and Fort Nelson according to the International Standard Atmosphere , and by the relative change present in the MERRA-2 satellite-era reanalysis between the two locations.
Please note that the station records themselves may additionally have been back-filled using other nearby stations or the MERRA-2 reanalysis.
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.