January Weather in Lafayette Louisiana, United States
Daily high temperatures are around 62°F, rarely falling below 47°F or exceeding 74°F. The lowest daily average high temperature is 61°F on January 6.
Daily low temperatures are around 44°F, rarely falling below 30°F or exceeding 61°F. The lowest daily average low temperature is 44°F on January 16.
For reference, on August 12, the hottest day of the year, temperatures in Lafayette typically range from 75°F to 91°F, while on January 16, the coldest day of the year, they range from 44°F to 61°F.
Average High and Low Temperature in January in Lafayette
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 in Lafayette
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El Hamma, Tunisia (5,693 miles away); Fuzhou, China (8,039 miles); and Roxby Downs, Australia (9,556 miles) are the far-away foreign places with temperatures most similar to Lafayette (view comparison).
The month of January in Lafayette experiences essentially constant cloud cover, with the percentage of time that the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy remaining about 46% throughout the month. The highest chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 47% on January 3.
The clearest day of the month is January 16, with clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy conditions 55% of the time.
For reference, on July 13, the cloudiest day of the year, the chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 54%, while on October 26, the clearest day of the year, the chance of clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy skies is 68%.
Cloud Cover Categories in January in Lafayette
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A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. In Lafayette, the chance of a wet day over the course of January is essentially constant, remaining around 32% throughout.
For reference, the year's highest daily chance of a wet day is 56% on July 5, and its lowest chance is 24% on October 30.
Probability of Precipitation in January in Lafayette
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 January in Lafayette is essentially constant, remaining about 5.1 inches throughout, and rarely exceeding 10.5 inches or falling below 1.9 inches.
The highest average 31-day accumulation is 5.2 inches on January 9.
Average Monthly Rainfall in January in Lafayette
Over the course of January in Lafayette, the length of the day is increasing. From the start to the end of the month, the length of the day increases by 30 minutes, implying an average daily increase of 1 minute, 0 seconds, and weekly increase of 7 minutes, 3 seconds.
The shortest day of the month is January 1, with 10 hours, 14 minutes of daylight and the longest day is January 31, with 10 hours, 45 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight in January in Lafayette
The latest sunrise of the month in Lafayette is 7:05 AM on January 9 and the earliest sunrise is 6 minutes earlier at 6:59 AM on January 31.
The earliest sunset is 5:18 PM on January 1 and the latest sunset is 25 minutes later at 5:43 PM on January 31.
Daylight saving time is observed in Lafayette during 2023, but it neither starts nor ends during January, so the entire month is in standard time.
For reference, on June 21, the longest day of the year, the Sun rises at 6:06 AM and sets 14 hours, 6 minutes later, at 8:12 PM, while on December 22, the shortest day of the year, it rises at 7:00 AM and sets 10 hours, 12 minutes later, at 5:12 PM.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight in January in Lafayette
The figure below presents a compact representation of the sun's elevation (the angle of the sun above the horizon) and azimuth (its compass bearing) for every hour of every day in the reporting period. The horizontal axis is the day of the year and the vertical axis is the hour of the day. For a given day and hour of that day, the background color indicates the azimuth of the sun at that moment. The black isolines are contours of constant solar elevation.
Solar Elevation and Azimuth in January in Lafayette
The figure below presents a compact representation of key lunar data for January 2023. The horizontal axis is the day, the vertical axis is the hour of the day, and the colored areas indicate when the moon is above the horizon. The vertical gray bars (new Moons) and blue bars (full Moons) indicate key Moon phases. The label associated with each bar indicates the date and time that the phase is obtained, and the companion time labels indicate the rise and set times of the Moon for the nearest time interval in which the moon is above the horizon.
Moon Rise, Set & Phases in January in Lafayette
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 Lafayette is essentially constant during January, remaining within 1% of 6% throughout.
The lowest chance of a muggy day during January is 5% on January 23.
For reference, on July 21, 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 January in Lafayette
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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 Lafayette is essentially constant during January, remaining within 0.1 miles per hour of 9.9 miles per hour throughout.
For reference, on February 19, the windiest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 10.2 miles per hour, while on August 13, the calmest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 5.9 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed in January in Lafayette
The hourly average wind direction in Lafayette throughout January is predominantly from the north, with a peak proportion of 39% on January 1.
Wind Direction in January in Lafayette
Lafayette 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 Lafayette is gradually decreasing during January, falling by 2°F, from 62°F to 60°F, over the course of the month.
The lowest average surface water temperature during January is 60°F on January 29.
Average Water Temperature in January in Lafayette
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 Lafayette typically lasts for 9.9 months (298 days), from around February 12 to around December 7, rarely starting before January 14 or after March 15, and rarely ending before November 12 or after December 29.
The month of January in Lafayette is more likely than not fully outside of the growing season, with the chance that a given day is in the growing season reaching a low of 6% on January 6.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in January in Lafayette
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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 Lafayette are gradually increasing during January, increasing by 169°F, from 5°F to 174°F, over the course of the month.
Growing Degree Days in January in Lafayette
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 Lafayette is gradually increasing during January, rising by 0.6 kWh, from 3.0 kWh to 3.6 kWh, over the course of the month.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in January in Lafayette
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Lafayette are 30.224 deg latitude, -92.020 deg longitude, and 33 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Lafayette is essentially flat, with a maximum elevation change of 39 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 32 feet. Within 10 miles is also essentially flat (72 feet). Within 50 miles is essentially flat (148 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Lafayette is covered by artificial surfaces (100%), within 10 miles by cropland (64%) and artificial surfaces (18%), and within 50 miles by cropland (46%) and herbaceous vegetation (42%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Lafayette, 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 3 weather stations near enough to contribute to our estimation of the temperature and dew point in Lafayette.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Lafayette 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 Lafayette is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Lafayette and a given station.
The stations contributing to this reconstruction are:
To get a sense of how much these sources agree with each other, you can view a comparison of Lafayette and the stations that contribute to our estimates of its temperature history and climate. Please note that each source's contribution is adjusted for elevation and the relative change present in the MERRA-2 data.
All data relating to the Sun's position (e.g., sunrise and sunset) are computed using astronomical formulas from the book, Astronomical Algorithms 2nd Edition , 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 airports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .
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