Average Weather in July at Orcas Island Airport Washington, United States
Daily high temperatures increase by 3°F, from 68°F to 71°F, rarely falling below 63°F or exceeding 77°F. The highest daily average high temperature is 71°F on July 29.
Daily low temperatures are around 54°F, rarely falling below 49°F or exceeding 58°F. The highest daily average low temperature is 55°F on July 31.
For reference, on July 29, the hottest day of the year, temperatures at Orcas Island Airport typically range from 55°F to 71°F, while on January 2, the coldest day of the year, they range from 36°F to 45°F.
Average High and Low Temperature in July
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.
Average Hourly Temperature in July
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The month of July at Orcas Island Airport experiences rapidly decreasing cloud cover, with the percentage of time that the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy decreasing from 39% to 26%.
The clearest day of the month is July 31, with clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy conditions 74% of the time.
For reference, on January 19, the cloudiest day of the year, the chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 70%, while on August 2, the clearest day of the year, the chance of clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy skies is 74%.
Cloud Cover Categories in July
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A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. At Orcas Island Airport, the chance of a wet day over the course of July is decreasing, starting the month at 14% and ending it at 8%.
For reference, the year's highest daily chance of a wet day is 56% on November 17, and its lowest chance is 8% on July 31.
Probability of Precipitation in July
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 at Orcas Island Airport is gradually decreasing, starting the month at 1.0 inches, when it rarely exceeds 2.1 inches or falls below 0.2 inches, and ending the month at 0.6 inches, when it rarely exceeds 1.5 inches or falls below 0.1 inches.
The lowest average 31-day accumulation is 0.6 inches on July 29.
Average Monthly Rainfall in July
Over the course of July at Orcas Island Airport, the length of the day is decreasing. From the start to the end of the month, the length of the day decreases by 59 minutes, implying an average daily decrease of 1 minute, 59 seconds, and weekly decrease of 13 minutes, 50 seconds.
The shortest day of the month is July 31, with 15 hours, 5 minutes of daylight and the longest day is July 1, with 16 hours, 4 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight in July
The earliest sunrise of the month at Orcas Island Airport is 5:13 AM on July 1 and the latest sunrise is 32 minutes later at 5:45 AM on July 31.
The latest sunset is 9:17 PM on July 1 and the earliest sunset is 28 minutes earlier at 8:50 PM on July 31.
Daylight saving time is observed at Orcas Island Airport during 2020, but it neither starts nor ends during July, so the entire month is in daylight saving time.
For reference, on June 20, the longest day of the year, the Sun rises at 5:08 AM and sets 16 hours, 9 minutes later, at 9:18 PM, while on December 21, the shortest day of the year, it rises at 8:02 AM and sets 8 hours, 16 minutes later, at 4:18 PM.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight in July
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 at Orcas Island Airport is essentially constant during July, remaining around 0% throughout.
For reference, on July 25, 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 July
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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 at Orcas Island Airport is essentially constant during July, remaining within 0.2 miles per hour of 4.0 miles per hour throughout.
For reference, on December 3, the windiest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 7.8 miles per hour, while on August 22, the calmest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 3.7 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed in July
The hourly average wind direction at Orcas Island Airport throughout July is predominantly from the west, with a peak proportion of 67% on July 18.
Wind Direction in July
Orcas Island Airport 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 at Orcas Island Airport is essentially constant during July, remaining within 1°F of 56°F throughout.
Average Water Temperature in July
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 at Orcas Island Airport typically lasts for 7.9 months (242 days), from around March 22 to around November 19, rarely starting before February 13 or after May 1, and rarely ending before October 28 or after December 17.
The month of July at Orcas Island Airport is reliably fully within the growing season.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in July
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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 at Orcas Island Airport are increasing during July, increasing by 338°F, from 450°F to 788°F, over the course of the month.
Growing Degree Days in July
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 at Orcas Island Airport is essentially constant during July, remaining within 0.1 kWh of 6.7 kWh throughout.
The highest average daily incident shortwave solar energy during July is 6.8 kWh on July 19.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in July
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Orcas Island Airport are 48.708 deg latitude, -122.911 deg longitude, and 20 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Orcas Island Airport contains very significant variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 886 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 64 feet. Within 10 miles contains very significant variations in elevation (2,359 feet). Within 50 miles contains large variations in elevation (10,604 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Orcas Island Airport is covered by water (49%), trees (29%), and herbaceous vegetation (16%), within 10 miles by water (77%) and trees (20%), and within 50 miles by water (40%) and trees (33%).
This report illustrates the typical weather at Orcas Island Airport 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
Orcas Island Airport has a weather station that reported reliably enough during the analysis period that we have included it in our network. When available, historical temperature and dew point measurements are taken directly from this weather station. These records are obtained from NOAA's Integrated Surface Hourly data set, falling back on ICAO METAR records as required.
In the case of missing or erroneous measurements from this station, we fall back on records from nearby stations, adjusted according to typical seasonal and diurnal intra-station differences. For a given day of the year and hour of the day, the fallback station is selected to minimize the prediction error over the years for which there are measurements for both stations.
The stations on which we may fall back include but are not limited to Saturna Island Meteorological Aeronautical Presentation System, Saturna / Capmon, Friday Harbor Airport, White Rock Automatic Weather Reporting System, Bellingham International Airport, Discovery Island, Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, and Victoria University.
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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We draw particular cautious attention to our reliance on the MERRA-2 model-based reconstructions for a number of important data series. While having the tremendous advantages of temporal and spatial completeness, these reconstructions: (1) are based on computer models that may have model-based errors, (2) are coarsely sampled on a 50 km grid and are therefore unable to reconstruct the local variations of many microclimates, and (3) have particular difficulty with the weather in some coastal areas, especially small islands.
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