August Weather in Orange Beach Alabama, United States
Daily high temperatures are around 89°F, rarely falling below 84°F or exceeding 94°F.
Daily low temperatures decrease by 2°F, from 75°F to 73°F, rarely falling below 69°F or exceeding 79°F.
For reference, on July 22, the hottest day of the year, temperatures in Orange Beach typically range from 75°F to 90°F, while on January 29, the coldest day of the year, they range from 44°F to 62°F.
Average High and Low Temperature in August in Orange Beach
The figure below shows you a compact characterization of the hourly average temperatures for the quarter of the year centered on August. 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 August in Orange Beach
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The month of August in Orange Beach experiences decreasing cloud cover, with the percentage of time that the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy decreasing from 59% to 48%.
The clearest day of the month is August 31, with clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy conditions 52% of the time.
For reference, on July 21, the cloudiest day of the year, the chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 61%, while on October 27, the clearest day of the year, the chance of clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy skies is 67%.
Cloud Cover Categories in August in Orange Beach
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A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. In Orange Beach, the chance of a wet day over the course of August is very rapidly decreasing, starting the month at 58% and ending it at 40%.
For reference, the year's highest daily chance of a wet day is 58% on July 28, and its lowest chance is 20% on October 15.
Probability of Precipitation in August in Orange Beach
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 August in Orange Beach is decreasing, starting the month at 5.6 inches, when it rarely exceeds 9.8 inches or falls below 2.4 inches, and ending the month at 4.6 inches, when it rarely exceeds 8.3 inches or falls below 1.5 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall in August in Orange Beach
Over the course of August in Orange Beach, the length of the day is decreasing. From the start to the end of the month, the length of the day decreases by 48 minutes, implying an average daily decrease of 1 minute, 35 seconds, and weekly decrease of 11 minutes, 6 seconds.
The shortest day of the month is August 31, with 12 hours, 48 minutes of daylight and the longest day is August 1, with 13 hours, 35 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight in August in Orange Beach
The earliest sunrise of the month in Orange Beach is 6:08 AM on August 1 and the latest sunrise is 18 minutes later at 6:26 AM on August 31.
The latest sunset is 7:44 PM on August 1 and the earliest sunset is 30 minutes earlier at 7:14 PM on August 31.
Daylight saving time is observed in Orange Beach during 2023, but it neither starts nor ends during August, so the entire month is in daylight saving time.
For reference, on June 21, the longest day of the year, the Sun rises at 5:48 AM and sets 14 hours, 6 minutes later, at 7:55 PM, while on December 22, the shortest day of the year, it rises at 6:43 AM and sets 10 hours, 12 minutes later, at 4:54 PM.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight in August in Orange Beach
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 August in Orange Beach
The figure below presents a compact representation of key lunar data for August 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 August in Orange Beach
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 Orange Beach is gradually decreasing during August, falling from 97% to 92% over the course of the month.
The highest chance of a muggy day during August is 97% on August 6.
For reference, on August 6, the muggiest day of the year, there are muggy conditions 97% of the time, while on January 29, the least muggy day of the year, there are muggy conditions 3% of the time.
Humidity Comfort Levels in August in Orange Beach
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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 Orange Beach is essentially constant during August, remaining within 0.3 miles per hour of 6.9 miles per hour throughout.
For reference, on January 5, the windiest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 10.6 miles per hour, while on August 9, the calmest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 6.7 miles per hour.
The lowest daily average wind speed during August is 6.7 miles per hour on August 10.
Average Wind Speed in August in Orange Beach
The wind direction in Orange Beach during August is predominantly out of the west from August 1 to August 22 and the east from August 22 to August 31.
Wind Direction in August in Orange Beach
Orange Beach 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 Orange Beach is essentially constant during August, remaining around 85°F throughout.
The highest average surface water temperature during August is 85°F on August 13.
Average Water Temperature in August in Orange Beach
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 Orange Beach typically lasts for 9.5 months (287 days), from around February 22 to around December 6, rarely starting before January 30 or after March 23, and rarely ending before November 12 or after January 1.
The month of August in Orange Beach is reliably fully within the growing season.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in August in Orange Beach
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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 Orange Beach are very rapidly increasing during August, increasing by 918°F, from 3,881°F to 4,799°F, over the course of the month.
Growing Degree Days in August in Orange Beach
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 Orange Beach is essentially constant during August, remaining within 0.1 kWh of 5.2 kWh throughout.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in August in Orange Beach
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Orange Beach are 30.294 deg latitude, -87.574 deg longitude, and 3 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Orange Beach is essentially flat, with a maximum elevation change of 26 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 4 feet. Within 10 miles is also essentially flat (95 feet). Within 50 miles is essentially flat (308 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Orange Beach is covered by water (46%), artificial surfaces (23%), and trees (23%), within 10 miles by water (48%) and cropland (22%), and within 50 miles by water (60%) and trees (18%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Orange Beach, 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 2 weather stations near enough to contribute to our estimation of the temperature and dew point in Orange Beach.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Orange Beach 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 Orange Beach is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Orange Beach 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 Orange Beach 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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