Average Weather in January in Ellensburg Washington, United States
In Ellensburg, the month of January is characterized by rising daily high temperatures, with daily highs increasing by 5°F, from 34°F to 40°F over the course of the month, and rarely exceeding 50°F or dropping below 22°F.
Daily low temperatures increase by 3°F, from 24°F to 27°F, rarely falling below 10°F or exceeding 36°F.
For reference, on August 3, the hottest day of the year, temperatures in Ellensburg typically range from 59°F to 89°F, while on December 24, the coldest day of the year, they range from 23°F to 34°F.
Average High and Low Temperature in January
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
The month of January in Ellensburg experiences essentially constant cloud cover, with the percentage of time that the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy remaining about 63% throughout the month. The highest chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 65% on January 16.
The clearest day of the month is January 26, with clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy conditions 38% of the time.
For reference, on January 15, the cloudiest day of the year, the chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 65%, while on August 3, the clearest day of the year, the chance of clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy skies is 81%.
Cloud Cover in January
A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. In Ellensburg, the chance of a wet day over the course of January is decreasing, starting the month at 34% and ending it at 29%.
For reference, the year's highest daily chance of a wet day is 37% on November 28, and its lowest chance is 4% on August 5.
Over the course of January in Ellensburg, the chance of a day with only rain increases from 10% to 15%, the chance of a day with mixed snow and rain remains an essentially constant 9% throughout, and the chance of a day with only snow decreases from 15% to 7%.
Probability of Precipitation in January
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 Ellensburg is essentially constant, remaining about 1.2 inches throughout, and rarely exceeding 2.9 inches or falling below 0.1 inches.
The lowest average 31-day accumulation is 1.2 inches on January 13.
Average Monthly Rainfall in January
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 January in Ellensburg is gradually decreasing, starting the month at 1.2 inches, when it rarely exceeds 2.4 inches or falls below 0.2 inches, and ending the month at 0.7 inches, when it rarely exceeds 1.7 inches.
Average Monthly Liquid-Equivalent Snowfall in January
Over the course of January in Ellensburg, the length of the day is rapidly increasing. From the start to the end of the month, the length of the day increases by 1 hour, 0 minutes, implying an average daily increase of 2 minutes, 0 seconds, and weekly increase of 14 minutes, 1 second.
The shortest day of the month is January 1, with 8 hours, 36 minutes of daylight and the longest day is January 31, with 9 hours, 36 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight in January
The latest sunrise of the month in Ellensburg is 7:48 AM on January 1 and the earliest sunrise is 20 minutes earlier at 7:27 AM on January 31.
The earliest sunset is 4:24 PM on January 1 and the latest sunset is 40 minutes later at 5:04 PM on January 31.
Daylight saving time is observed in Ellensburg during 2017, 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 5:07 AM and sets 15 hours, 54 minutes later, at 9:01 PM, while on December 21, the shortest day of the year, it rises at 7:45 AM and sets 8 hours, 31 minutes later, at 4:15 PM.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight in January
The chance that a given day will be muggy in Ellensburg is essentially constant during January, remaining around 0% throughout.
For reference, on July 15, 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 January
The average hourly wind speed in Ellensburg is essentially constant during January, remaining within 0.1 miles per hour of 2.7 miles per hour throughout.
For reference, on July 18, the windiest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 3.5 miles per hour, while on December 21, the calmest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 2.6 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed in January
Wind Direction in January
The average daily incident shortwave solar energy in Ellensburg is gradually increasing during January, rising by 0.6 kWh, from 1.3 kWh to 1.9 kWh, over the course of the month.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in January
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Ellensburg are 46.997 deg latitude, -120.548 deg longitude, and 1,575 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Ellensburg contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 217 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 1,558 feet. Within 10 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (2,579 feet). Within 50 miles contains large variations in elevation (8,921 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Ellensburg is covered by cropland (47%), artificial surfaces (36%), and shrubs (14%), within 10 miles by shrubs (45%) and cropland (45%), and within 50 miles by shrubs (49%) and trees (26%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Ellensburg 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 are 2 weather stations near enough to contribute to our estimation of the temperature and dew point in Ellensburg.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Ellensburg 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 Ellensburg is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Ellensburg and a given station.
Time zones for aiports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .