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September Weather in Lafayette Louisiana, United States

Daily high temperatures decrease by 6°F, from 90°F to 84°F, rarely falling below 76°F or exceeding 94°F.

Daily low temperatures decrease by 8°F, from 73°F to 66°F, rarely falling below 55°F or exceeding 77°F.

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 September in Lafayette

Average High and Low Temperature in September in LafayetteSep11223344556677889910101111121213131414151516161717181819192020212122222323242425252626272728282929303040°F40°F45°F45°F50°F50°F55°F55°F60°F60°F65°F65°F70°F70°F75°F75°F80°F80°F85°F85°F90°F90°F95°F95°F100°F100°FAugOctSep 190°FSep 190°F73°F73°FSep 3084°FSep 3084°F66°F66°FSep 1188°FSep 1188°F71°F71°FNowNow
The daily average high (red line) and low (blue line) temperature, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands. The thin dotted lines are the corresponding average perceived temperatures.

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 in Lafayette

Average Hourly Temperature in September in LafayetteSep11223344556677889910101111121213131414151516161717181819192020212122222323242425252626272728282929303012 AM12 AM2 AM2 AM4 AM4 AM6 AM6 AM8 AM8 AM10 AM10 AM12 PM12 PM2 PM2 PM4 PM4 PM6 PM6 PM8 PM8 PM10 PM10 PM12 AM12 AMAugOctNowNowcoolcoolcomfortablewarmhot
frigid 15°F freezing 32°F very cold 45°F cold 55°F cool 65°F comfortable 75°F warm 85°F hot 95°F sweltering
The average hourly temperature, color coded into bands. The shaded overlays indicate night and civil twilight.

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).

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The month of September in Lafayette experiences decreasing cloud cover, with the percentage of time that the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy decreasing from 47% to 36%.

The clearest day of the month is September 30, with clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy conditions 64% 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 September in Lafayette

Cloud Cover Categories in September in LafayetteSep1122334455667788991010111112121313141415151616171718181919202021212222232324242525262627272828292930300%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%AugOctSep 153%Sep 153%Sep 3064%Sep 3064%Sep 1154%Sep 1154%NowNowclearmostly clearpartly cloudymostly cloudyovercast
0% clear 20% mostly clear 40% partly cloudy 60% mostly cloudy 80% overcast 100%
The percentage of time spent in each cloud cover band, categorized by the percentage of the sky covered by clouds.

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 September is very rapidly decreasing, starting the month at 44% and ending it at 28%.

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 September in Lafayette

Probability of Precipitation in September in LafayetteSep1122334455667788991010111112121313141415151616171718181919202021212222232324242525262627272828292930300%0%5%5%10%10%15%15%20%20%25%25%30%30%35%35%40%40%45%45%50%50%55%55%AugOctSep 144%Sep 144%Sep 3028%Sep 3028%Sep 1140%Sep 1140%NowNowrain
The percentage of days in which various types of precipitation are observed, excluding trace quantities: rain alone, snow alone, and mixed (both rain and snow fell in the same day).

Rainfall

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 Lafayette is decreasing, starting the month at 4.7 inches, when it rarely exceeds 8.6 inches or falls below 1.8 inches, and ending the month at 3.9 inches, when it rarely exceeds 8.8 inches or falls below 1.1 inches.

The lowest average 31-day accumulation is 3.9 inches on September 30.

Average Monthly Rainfall in September in Lafayette

Average Monthly Rainfall in September in LafayetteSep1122334455667788991010111112121313141415151616171718181919202021212222232324242525262627272828292930300 in0 in2 in2 in4 in4 in6 in6 in8 in8 in10 in10 in12 in12 inAugOctSep 303.9 inSep 303.9 inSep 14.7 inSep 14.7 inSep 114.4 inSep 114.4 inNowNow
The average rainfall (solid line) accumulated over the course of a sliding 31-day period centered on the day in question, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands. The thin dotted line is the corresponding average snowfall.

Over the course of September in Lafayette, the length of the day is decreasing. From the start to the end of the month, the length of the day decreases by 52 minutes, implying an average daily decrease of 1 minute, 48 seconds, and weekly decrease of 12 minutes, 34 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, 46 minutes of daylight.

Hours of Daylight and Twilight in September in Lafayette

Hours of Daylight and Twilight in September in LafayetteSep1122334455667788991010111112121313141415151616171718181919202021212222232324242525262627272828292930300 hr24 hr4 hr20 hr8 hr16 hr12 hr12 hr16 hr8 hr20 hr4 hr24 hr0 hrAugOctSep 2212 hr, 8 minSep 2212 hr, 8 minnightnightdaydaySep 112 hr, 46 minSep 112 hr, 46 minNowNow
The number of hours during which the Sun is visible (black line). From bottom (most yellow) to top (most gray), the color bands indicate: full daylight, twilight (civil, nautical, and astronomical), and full night.

The earliest sunrise of the month in Lafayette is 6:44 AM on September 1 and the latest sunrise is 16 minutes later at 7:00 AM on September 30.

The latest sunset is 7:30 PM on September 1 and the earliest sunset is 36 minutes earlier at 6:54 PM on September 30.

Daylight saving time is observed in Lafayette during 2022, 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 6:06 AM and sets 14 hours, 6 minutes later, at 8:12 PM, while on December 21, 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 September in Lafayette

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight in September in LafayetteSep1122334455667788991010111112121313141415151616171718181919202021212222232324242525262627272828292930302 AM4 AM6 AM8 AM10 AM12 PM2 PM4 PM6 PM8 PM10 PM12 AMAugOct6:44 AM6:44 AMSep 17:30 PMSep 17:30 PM7:00 AM7:00 AMSep 306:54 PMSep 306:54 PM6:53 AM6:53 AMSep 167:12 PMSep 167:12 PMSolarMidnightSolarMidnightSolarNoonSunriseSunsetNowNow
The solar day over the course of September. From bottom to top, the black lines are the previous solar midnight, sunrise, solar noon, sunset, and the next solar midnight. The day, twilights (civil, nautical, and astronomical), and night are indicated by the color bands from yellow to gray.

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 September in Lafayette

Solar Elevation and Azimuth in September in LafayetteSep11223344556677889910101111121213131414151516161717181819192020212122222323242425252626272728282929303012 AM12 AM2 AM2 AM4 AM4 AM6 AM6 AM8 AM8 AM10 AM10 AM12 PM12 PM2 PM2 PM4 PM4 PM6 PM6 PM8 PM8 PM10 PM10 PM12 AM12 AMAugOct001010202020303040405050607000010102020303030404050506060NowNow
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Solar elevation and azimuth over the course of September 2022. The black lines are lines of constant solar elevation (the angle of the sun above the horizon, in degrees). The background color fills indicate the azimuth (the compass bearing) of the sun. The lightly tinted areas at the boundaries of the cardinal compass points indicate the implied intermediate directions (northeast, southeast, southwest, and northwest).

The figure below presents a compact representation of key lunar data for September 2022. 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 September in Lafayette

Moon Rise, Set & Phases in September in LafayetteSep11223344556677889910101111121213131414151516161717181819192020212122222323242425252626272728282929303012 AM12 AM4 AM4 AM8 AM8 AM12 PM12 PM4 PM4 PM8 PM8 PM12 AM12 AMAugOctAug 118:36 PMAug 118:36 PMAug 273:18 AMAug 273:18 AMSep 105:00 AMSep 105:00 AMSep 254:55 PMSep 254:55 PMOct 93:56 PMOct 93:56 PMOct 255:49 AMOct 255:49 AM8:07 PM8:07 PM7:01 AM7:01 AM6:50 AM6:50 AM8:12 PM8:12 PM7:18 PM7:18 PM6:56 AM6:56 AM6:36 AM6:36 AM7:12 PM7:12 PM6:52 PM6:52 PM7:47 AM7:47 AM7:24 AM7:24 AM6:45 PM6:45 PMNowNow
The time in which the moon is above the horizon (light blue area), with new moons (dark gray lines) and full moons (blue lines) indicated. The shaded overlays indicate night and civil twilight.
Sep 2022IlluminationMoonriseMoonsetMoonriseMeridian PassingDistance
1
30%11:44 AMESE10:46 PMWSW-5:15 PMS235,234 mi
2
41%12:49 PMESE11:27 PMWSW-6:08 PMS232,981 mi
3
50%1:57 PMESE--7:06 PMS230,846 mi
4
65%-12:15 AMWSW3:04 PMESE8:08 PMS228,959 mi
5
76%-1:12 AMWSW4:09 PMESE9:13 PMS227,493 mi
6
86%-2:17 AMWSW5:07 PMESE10:17 PMS226,636 mi
7
93%-3:27 AMWSW5:57 PMESE11:18 PMS226,554 mi
8
96%-4:38 AMWSW6:41 PMESE--
9
98%-5:48 AMWSW7:18 PMESE12:15 AMS227,348 mi
10
100%-6:56 AMW7:52 PME1:07 AMS229,027 mi
11
99%-8:00 AMW8:24 PME1:55 AMS231,497 mi
12
95%-9:03 AMW8:55 PME2:42 AMS234,567 mi
13
90%-10:04 AMWNW9:26 PMENE3:27 AMS237,982 mi
14
82%-11:04 AMWNW10:00 PMENE4:13 AMS241,455 mi
15
73%-12:04 PMWNW10:37 PMENE4:59 AMS244,704 mi
16
64%-1:03 PMWNW11:18 PMENE5:47 AMS247,480 mi
17
50%-2:00 PMWNW-6:37 AMS249,590 mi
18
44%12:04 AMENE2:53 PMWNW-7:28 AMS250,908 mi
19
35%12:54 AMENE3:42 PMWNW-8:19 AMS251,379 mi
20
26%1:48 AMENE4:27 PMWNW-9:09 AMS251,023 mi
21
18%2:44 AMENE5:06 PMWNW-9:58 AMS249,925 mi
22
11%3:42 AMENE5:41 PMWNW-10:44 AMS248,223 mi
23
5%4:40 AMENE6:13 PMWNW-11:29 AMS246,087 mi
24
2%5:38 AMENE6:43 PMW-12:13 PMS243,699 mi
25
0%6:36 AME7:12 PMW-12:55 PMS241,237 mi
26
1%7:34 AME7:41 PMW-1:39 PMS238,855 mi
27
4%8:35 AME8:12 PMWSW-2:24 PMS236,667 mi
28
10%9:37 AMESE8:47 PMWSW-3:12 PMS234,743 mi
29
18%10:42 AMESE9:26 PMWSW-4:04 PMS233,114 mi
30
27%11:50 AMESE10:12 PMWSW-5:00 PMS231,780 mi

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 very rapidly decreasing during September, falling from 92% to 57% over the course of the month.

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 September in Lafayette

Humidity Comfort Levels in September in LafayetteSep1122334455667788991010111112121313141415151616171718181919202021212222232324242525262627272828292930300%0%10%10%20%20%30%30%40%40%50%50%60%60%70%70%80%80%90%90%100%100%AugOctSep 192%Sep 192%Sep 3057%Sep 3057%Sep 1185%Sep 1185%NowNowmiserablemiserableoppressiveoppressivemuggymuggyhumidhumiddrydrycomfortablecomfortable
dry 55°F comfortable 60°F humid 65°F muggy 70°F oppressive 75°F miserable
The percentage of time spent at various humidity comfort levels, categorized by dew point.

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 increasing during September, increasing from 6.4 miles per hour to 7.8 miles per hour over the course of the month.

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 September in Lafayette

Average Wind Speed in September in LafayetteSep1122334455667788991010111112121313141415151616171718181919202021212222232324242525262627272828292930300 mph0 mph2 mph2 mph4 mph4 mph6 mph6 mph8 mph8 mph10 mph10 mph12 mph12 mph14 mph14 mphAugOctSep 16.4 mphSep 16.4 mphSep 307.8 mphSep 307.8 mphSep 167.3 mphSep 167.3 mphNowNow
The average of mean hourly wind speeds (dark gray line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

The wind direction in Lafayette during September is predominantly out of the south from September 1 to September 2 and the east from September 2 to September 30.

Wind Direction in September in Lafayette

Wind Direction in September in LafayetteSESep1122334455667788991010111112121313141415151616171718181919202021212222232324242525262627272828292930300%100%20%80%40%60%60%40%80%20%100%0%AugOctNowNowwestsoutheastnorth
northeastsouthwest
The percentage of hours in which the mean wind direction is from each of the four cardinal wind directions, excluding hours in which the mean wind speed is less than 1.0 mph. The lightly tinted areas at the boundaries are the percentage of hours spent in the implied intermediate directions (northeast, southeast, southwest, and northwest).

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 decreasing during September, falling by 5°F, from 85°F to 80°F, over the course of the month.

Average Water Temperature in September in Lafayette

The daily average water temperature (purple line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

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 September in Lafayette is reliably fully within the growing season.

Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in September in Lafayette

Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in September in Lafayettegrowing seasongrowing seasongrowing seasonSep1122334455667788991010111112121313141415151616171718181919202021212222232324242525262627272828292930300%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%AugOct100%Sep 16100%Sep 16NowNowcoldcoolcomfortablewarmhot
frigid 15°F freezing 32°F very cold 45°F cold 55°F cool 65°F comfortable 75°F warm 85°F hot 95°F sweltering
The percentage of time spent in various temperature bands. The black line is the percentage chance that a given day is within the growing season.

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 rapidly increasing during September, increasing by 778°F, from 4,889°F to 5,666°F, over the course of the month.

Growing Degree Days in September in Lafayette

Growing Degree Days in September in LafayetteSep1122334455667788991010111112121313141415151616171718181919202021212222232324242525262627272828292930304,800°F4,800°F5,000°F5,000°F5,200°F5,200°F5,400°F5,400°F5,600°F5,600°F5,800°F5,800°F6,000°F6,000°FAugOctSep 14,889°FSep 14,889°FSep 305,666°FSep 305,666°FSep 115,177°FSep 115,177°FNowNow
The average growing degree days accumulated over the course of September, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

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 essentially constant during September, remaining within 0.1 kWh of 5.2 kWh throughout.

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in September in Lafayette

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in September in LafayetteSep1122334455667788991010111112121313141415151616171718181919202021212222232324242525262627272828292930300 kWh0 kWh1 kWh1 kWh2 kWh2 kWh3 kWh3 kWh4 kWh4 kWh5 kWh5 kWh6 kWh6 kWh7 kWh7 kWh8 kWh8 kWhAugOctSep 15.2 kWhSep 15.2 kWhSep 305.1 kWhSep 305.1 kWhSep 165.2 kWhSep 165.2 kWhNowNow
The average daily shortwave solar energy reaching the ground per square meter (orange line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

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.

Other 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 .

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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