Average Weather in April in Fort Nelson Canada
Daily high temperatures increase by 17°F, from 40°F to 56°F, rarely falling below 23°F or exceeding 68°F.
Daily low temperatures increase by 15°F, from 18°F to 33°F, rarely falling below 2°F or exceeding 41°F.
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 April
The figure below shows you a compact characterization of the hourly average temperatures for the quarter of the year centered on April. 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 April
The month of April in Fort Nelson experiences decreasing cloud cover, with the percentage of time that the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy decreasing from 66% to 56%.
The clearest day of the month is April 30, with clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy conditions 44% 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 Categories in April
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 April is increasing, starting the month at 12% and ending it at 17%.
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.
Over the course of April in Fort Nelson, the chance of a day with only rain increases from 3% to 13%, the chance of a day with mixed snow and rain remains an essentially constant 3% throughout, and the chance of a day with only snow decreases from 7% to 1%.
Probability of Precipitation in April
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 April in Fort Nelson is increasing, starting the month at 0.2 inches, when it rarely exceeds 0.6 inches, and ending the month at 1.2 inches, when it rarely exceeds 2.3 inches or falls below 0.4 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall in April
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 April in Fort Nelson is essentially constant, remaining about 0.3 inches throughout, and rarely exceeding 0.8 inches or falling below -0.0 inches.
Average Monthly Liquid-Equivalent Snowfall in April
Over the course of April in Fort Nelson, the length of the day is very rapidly increasing. From the start to the end of the month, the length of the day increases by 2 hours, 28 minutes, implying an average daily increase of 5 minutes, 6 seconds, and weekly increase of 35 minutes, 44 seconds.
The shortest day of the month is April 1, with 13 hours, 16 minutes of daylight and the longest day is April 30, with 15 hours, 44 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight in April
The latest sunrise of the month in Fort Nelson is 6:37 AM on April 1 and the earliest sunrise is 1 hour, 21 minutes earlier at 5:16 AM on April 30.
The earliest sunset is 7:53 PM on April 1 and the latest sunset is 1 hour, 8 minutes later at 9:00 PM on April 30.
Daylight saving time is not observed in Fort Nelson during 2018.
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 4:15 PM.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight in April
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 April, 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 April
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 April, remaining around 4.1 miles per hour throughout.
For reference, on January 29, the windiest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 4.4 miles per hour, while on July 21, the calmest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 3.3 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed in April
Wind Direction in April
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 Fort Nelson typically lasts for 4.0 months (122 days), from around May 16 to around September 15, rarely starting before April 30 or after May 31, and rarely ending before August 26 or after October 2.
The month of April in Fort Nelson is more likely than not fully outside of the growing season, with the chance that a given day is in the growing season increasing from 0% to 10% over the course of the month.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in April
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 Fort Nelson are essentially constant during April, remaining within 14°F of 15°F throughout.
Growing Degree Days in April
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 increasing during April, rising by 1.5 kWh, from 3.5 kWh to 4.9 kWh, over the course of the month.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in April
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.
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