Average Weather in January in Granite Falls Washington, United States
In Granite Falls, the month of January is characterized by rising daily high temperatures, with daily highs increasing by 5°F, from 30°F to 35°F over the course of the month, and rarely exceeding 43°F or dropping below 19°F.
Daily low temperatures increase by 2°F, from 21°F to 24°F, rarely falling below 9°F or exceeding 33°F.
For reference, on August 1, the hottest day of the year, temperatures in Granite Falls typically range from 59°F to 86°F, while on December 25, the coldest day of the year, they range from 21°F to 30°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 Granite Falls experiences essentially constant cloud cover, with the percentage of time that the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy remaining about 66% throughout the month. The highest chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 67% on January 15.
The clearest day of the month is January 26, with clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy conditions 34% of the time.
For reference, on January 15, the cloudiest day of the year, the chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 67%, while on August 3, the clearest day of the year, the chance of clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy skies is 79%.
Cloud Cover in January
A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. In Granite Falls, 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 38% on November 18, and its lowest chance is 6% on August 10.
Over the course of January in Granite Falls, the chance of a day with only rain increases from 5% to 10%, the chance of a day with mixed snow and rain remains an essentially constant 8% throughout, and the chance of a day with only snow decreases from 21% to 10%.
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 Granite Falls is essentially constant, remaining about 0.9 inches throughout, and rarely exceeding 2.3 inches.
The lowest average 31-day accumulation is 0.8 inches on January 3.
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 Granite Falls is decreasing, starting the month at 1.7 inches, when it rarely exceeds 2.9 inches or falls below 0.5 inches, and ending the month at 1.0 inches, when it rarely exceeds 2.0 inches or falls below 0.2 inches.
Average Monthly Liquid-Equivalent Snowfall in January
Over the course of January in Granite Falls, 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, 2 minutes, implying an average daily increase of 2 minutes, 5 seconds, and weekly increase of 14 minutes, 33 seconds.
The shortest day of the month is January 1, with 8 hours, 29 minutes of daylight and the longest day is January 31, with 9 hours, 31 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight in January
The latest sunrise of the month in Granite Falls is 7:50 AM on January 1 and the earliest sunrise is 21 minutes earlier at 7:28 AM on January 31.
The earliest sunset is 4:19 PM on January 1 and the latest sunset is 41 minutes later at 5:00 PM on January 31.
Daylight saving time is observed in Granite Falls 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 5:01 AM and sets 16 hours, 2 minutes later, at 9:03 PM, while on December 21, the shortest day of the year, it rises at 7:47 AM and sets 8 hours, 23 minutes later, at 4:10 PM.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight in January
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 Granite Falls is essentially constant during January, remaining around 0% throughout.
Humidity Comfort Levels in January
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 Granite Falls is essentially constant during January, remaining around 2.1 miles per hour throughout.
For reference, on May 7, the windiest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 2.8 miles per hour, while on December 21, the calmest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 2.1 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed in January
Wind Direction in January
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 Granite Falls is gradually increasing during January, rising by 0.6 kWh, from 1.1 kWh to 1.8 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 Granite Falls are 47.890 deg latitude, -120.214 deg longitude, and 1,873 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Granite Falls contains large variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 3,035 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 1,860 feet. Within 10 miles contains large variations in elevation (6,444 feet). Within 50 miles also contains extreme variations in elevation (9,938 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Granite Falls is covered by shrubs (38%), water (29%), and sparse vegetation (19%), within 10 miles by shrubs (48%) and sparse vegetation (17%), and within 50 miles by shrubs (43%) and trees (25%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Granite Falls 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 3 weather stations near enough to contribute to our estimation of the temperature and dew point in Granite Falls.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Granite Falls 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 Granite Falls is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Granite Falls and a given station.
The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Pangborn Field (55%, 55 kilometers, south); Omak Airport (32%, 82 kilometers, northeast); and Arlington Municipal Airport (13%, 148 kilometers, west).
All data relating to the Sun's position (e.g., sunrise and sunset) are computed using astronomical formulas from the book, Astronomical Tables of the Sun, Moon and Planets , 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 aiports 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.