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Average Weather in November at Wallops Flight Facility Virginia, United States

At Wallops Flight Facility, the month of November is characterized by falling daily high temperatures, with daily highs decreasing by 9°F, from 63°F to 54°F over the course of the month, and rarely exceeding 73°F or dropping below 43°F.

Daily low temperatures decrease by 8°F, from 47°F to 39°F, rarely falling below 28°F or exceeding 59°F.

For reference, on July 21, the hottest day of the year, temperatures at Wallops Flight Facility typically range from 71°F to 85°F, while on January 29, the coldest day of the year, they range from 29°F to 45°F.

Average High and Low Temperature in November

The daily average high (red line) and low (blue line) temperature, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands. The thin dotted lines are the corresponding average perceived temperatures.

The figure below shows you a compact characterization of the hourly average temperatures for the quarter of the year centered on November. 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 November

Average Hourly Temperature in November at Wallops Flight Facility12 AM4 AM8 AM12 PM4 PM8 PM12 AM18152229112233445566778899101011111212131314141515161617171818191920202121222223232424252526262727282829293030OctDecchillycoldcoolcomfortable
The average hourly temperature, color coded into bands: frigid < 15°F < freezing < 32°F < chilly < 45°F < cold < 55°F < cool < 65°F < comfortable < 75°F < warm < 85°F < hot < 95°F < sweltering. The shaded overlays indicate night and civil twilight.

Clouds

The month of November at Wallops Flight Facility experiences gradually increasing cloud cover, with the percentage of time that the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy increasing from 41% to 46%.

The clearest day of the month is November 1, with clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy conditions 59% of the time.

For reference, on January 5, the cloudiest day of the year, the chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 51%, while on October 12, the clearest day of the year, the chance of clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy skies is 64%.

Cloud Cover in November

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The percentage of time spent in each cloud cover band, categorized by the percentage of the sky covered by clouds: clear < 20% < mostly clear < 40% < partly cloudy < 60% < mostly cloudy < 80% < overcast.

Precipitation

A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. At Wallops Flight Facility, the chance of a wet day over the course of November is gradually increasing, starting the month at 23% and ending it at 26%.

For reference, the year's highest daily chance of a wet day is 41% on August 7, and its lowest chance is 22% on October 20.

Over the course of November at Wallops Flight Facility, the chance of a day with only rain increases from 23% to 25%, the chance of a day with mixed snow and rain remains an essentially constant 1% throughout, and the chance of a day with only snow remains an essentially constant 0% throughout.

Probability of Precipitation in November

The percentage of days in which various types of precipitation are observed, excluding trace quantities: rain alone, snow alone, and mixed (both rain and snow fell in the same day).

Rainfall

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 November at Wallops Flight Facility is essentially constant, remaining about 3.1 inches throughout, and rarely exceeding 6.2 inches or falling below 0.7 inches.

Average Monthly Rainfall in November

The average rainfall (solid line) accumulated over the course of a sliding 31-day period centered on the day in question, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands. The thin dotted line is the corresponding average liquid-equivalent snowfall.

Sun

Over the course of November at Wallops Flight Facility, the length of the day is decreasing. From the start to the end of the month, the length of the day decreases by 50 minutes, implying an average daily decrease of 1 minute, 44 seconds, and weekly decrease of 12 minutes, 6 seconds.

The shortest day of the month is November 30, with 9 hours, 45 minutes of daylight and the longest day is November 1, with 10 hours, 35 minutes of daylight.

Hours of Daylight and Twilight in November

The number of hours during which the Sun is visible (black line). From bottom (most yellow) to top (most gray), the color bands indicate: full daylight, twilight (civil, nautical, and astronomical), and full night.

The latest sunrise of the month at Wallops Flight Facility is 7:30 AM on November 4 and the earliest sunrise is 59 minutes earlier at 6:31 AM on November 5.

The latest sunset is 6:02 PM on November 1 and the earliest sunset is 1 hour, 20 minutes earlier at 4:42 PM on November 30.

Daylight saving time (DST) ends at 1:00 AM on November 5, 2017, shifting sunrise and sunset to be an hour earlier.

For reference, on June 21, the longest day of the year, the Sun rises at 5:39 AM and sets 14 hours, 48 minutes later, at 8:27 PM, while on December 21, the shortest day of the year, it rises at 7:14 AM and sets 9 hours, 32 minutes later, at 4:46 PM.

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time in November

The solar day over the course of November. From bottom to top, the black lines are the previous solar midnight, sunrise, solar noon, sunset, and the next solar midnight. The day, twilights (civil, nautical, and astronomical), and night are indicated by the color bands from yellow to gray. The transitions to and from daylight saving time are indicated by the 'DST' labels.

Humidity

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 Wallops Flight Facility is gradually decreasing during November, falling from 4% to 0% over the course of the month.

For reference, on August 2, the muggiest day of the year, there are muggy conditions 80% of the time, while on January 13, the least muggy day of the year, there are muggy conditions 0% of the time.

Humidity Comfort Levels in November

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The percentage of time spent at various humidity comfort levels, categorized by dew point: dry < 55°F < comfortable < 60°F < humid < 65°F < muggy < 70°F < oppressive < 75°F < miserable.

Wind

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 Wallops Flight Facility is essentially constant during November, remaining within 0.2 miles per hour of 7.3 miles per hour throughout.

For reference, on January 13, the windiest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 7.8 miles per hour, while on July 26, the calmest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 5.0 miles per hour.

Average Wind Speed in November

The average of mean hourly wind speeds (dark gray line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.
The hourly average wind direction at Wallops Flight Facility throughout November is predominantly from the north, with a peak proportion of 37% on November 10.

Wind Direction in November

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The percentage of hours in which the mean wind direction is from each of the four cardinal wind directions (north, east, south, and west), excluding hours in which the mean wind speed is less than 1 mph. The lightly tinted areas at the boundaries are the percentage of hours spent in the implied intermediate directions (northeast, southeast, southwest, and northwest).

Water Temperature

Wallops Flight Facility 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 Wallops Flight Facility is rapidly decreasing during November, falling by 8°F, from 62°F to 54°F, over the course of the month.

Average Water Temperature in November

The daily average water temperature (purple line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

Solar Energy

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 Wallops Flight Facility is gradually decreasing during November, falling by 0.9 kWh, from 3.3 kWh to 2.4 kWh, over the course of the month.

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in November

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The average daily shortwave solar energy reaching the ground per square meter (orange line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

Topography

For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Wallops Flight Facility are 37.941 deg latitude, -75.467 deg longitude, and 16 ft elevation.

The topography within 2 miles of Wallops Flight Facility is essentially flat, with a maximum elevation change of 39 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 15 feet. Within 10 miles is also essentially flat (49 feet). Within 50 miles is essentially flat (128 feet).

The area within 2 miles of Wallops Flight Facility is covered by cropland (27%), artificial surfaces (27%), herbaceous vegetation (22%), and trees (18%), within 10 miles by water (35%) and cropland (27%), and within 50 miles by water (68%) and trees (13%).

Data Sources

This report illustrates the typical weather at Wallops Flight Facility 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

Wallops Flight Facility 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 Salisbury–Ocean City–Wicomico Regional Airport, Melfa / Accomack Airport, Ocean City Municipal Airport, Sussex County Airport, Cambridge-Dorchester Airport, Webster Nolf Airport, Naval Air Station Patuxent River, and Easton Airport.

Other Data

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.