July Weather in Waterloo Iowa, United States
Daily high temperatures are around 83°F, rarely falling below 75°F or exceeding 92°F. The highest daily average high temperature is 84°F on July 19.
Daily low temperatures are around 64°F, rarely falling below 55°F or exceeding 73°F. The highest daily average low temperature is 65°F on July 20.
For reference, on July 18, the hottest day of the year, temperatures in Waterloo typically range from 65°F to 84°F, while on January 22, the coldest day of the year, they range from 12°F to 28°F.
The figure below shows you a compact characterization of the hourly average temperatures for the quarter of the year centered on July. 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.
Almaty, Kazakhstan (6,482 miles away) is the far-away foreign place with temperatures most similar to Waterloo (view comparison).
The month of July in Waterloo experiences gradually decreasing cloud cover, with the percentage of time that the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy decreasing from 35% to 31%. The lowest chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 31% on July 28.
The clearest day of the month is July 28, with clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy conditions 69% of the time.
For reference, on February 6, the cloudiest day of the year, the chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 57%, while on July 28, the clearest day of the year, the chance of clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy skies is 69%.
A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. In Waterloo, the chance of a wet day over the course of July is gradually decreasing, starting the month at 40% and ending it at 37%.
For reference, the year's highest daily chance of a wet day is 43% on June 15, and its lowest chance is 11% on January 22.
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 July in Waterloo is decreasing, starting the month at 4.4 inches, when it rarely exceeds 7.3 inches or falls below 1.9 inches, and ending the month at 3.8 inches, when it rarely exceeds 6.5 inches or falls below 1.6 inches.
Over the course of July in Waterloo, the length of the day is decreasing. From the start to the end of the month, the length of the day decreases by 45 minutes, implying an average daily decrease of 1 minute, 29 seconds, and weekly decrease of 10 minutes, 24 seconds.
The shortest day of the month is July 31, with 14 hours, 30 minutes of daylight and the longest day is July 1, with 15 hours, 15 minutes of daylight.
The earliest sunrise of the month in Waterloo is 5:35 AM on July 1 and the latest sunrise is 25 minutes later at 6:00 AM on July 31.
The latest sunset is 8:50 PM on July 1 and the earliest sunset is 20 minutes earlier at 8:30 PM on July 31.
Daylight saving time is observed in Waterloo during 2023, but it neither starts nor ends during July, so the entire month is in daylight saving time.
For reference, on June 21, the longest day of the year, the Sun rises at 5:32 AM and sets 15 hours, 18 minutes later, at 8:50 PM, while on December 22, the shortest day of the year, it rises at 7:36 AM and sets 9 hours, 4 minutes later, at 4:39 PM.
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.
The figure below presents a compact representation of key lunar data for July 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.
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 Waterloo is increasing during July, rising from 37% to 45% over the course of the month.
The highest chance of a muggy day during July is 47% on July 21.
For reference, on July 21, the muggiest day of the year, there are muggy conditions 47% of the time, while on January 1, the least muggy day of the year, there are muggy conditions 0% of the time.
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 Waterloo is gradually decreasing during July, decreasing from 8.9 miles per hour to 7.9 miles per hour over the course of the month.
For reference, on April 1, the windiest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 12.9 miles per hour, while on August 3, the calmest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 7.9 miles per hour.
The hourly average wind direction in Waterloo throughout July is predominantly from the south, with a peak proportion of 40% on July 2.
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 Waterloo typically lasts for 5.5 months (167 days), from around April 22 to around October 6, rarely starting before April 4 or after May 9, and rarely ending before September 19 or after October 22.
The month of July in Waterloo is reliably fully 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 Waterloo are rapidly increasing during July, increasing by 696°F, from 1,160°F to 1,856°F, over the course of the month.
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 Waterloo is essentially constant during July, remaining within 0.2 kWh of 6.8 kWh throughout.
The highest average daily incident shortwave solar energy during July is 7.0 kWh on July 4.
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Waterloo are 42.493 deg latitude, -92.343 deg longitude, and 856 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Waterloo contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 131 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 862 feet. Within 10 miles also contains only modest variations in elevation (220 feet). Within 50 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (617 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Waterloo is covered by artificial surfaces (94%), within 10 miles by cropland (84%) and artificial surfaces (12%), and within 50 miles by cropland (94%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Waterloo, 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 5 weather stations near enough to contribute to our estimation of the temperature and dew point in Waterloo.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Waterloo 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 Waterloo is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Waterloo 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 Waterloo 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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