Average Weather in September in Ritzville Washington, United States
Daily high temperatures decrease by 12°F, from 81°F to 69°F, rarely falling below 59°F or exceeding 91°F.
Daily low temperatures decrease by 8°F, from 53°F to 45°F, rarely falling below 36°F or exceeding 60°F.
For reference, on July 31, the hottest day of the year, temperatures in Ritzville typically range from 58°F to 89°F, while on December 30, the coldest day of the year, they range from 25°F to 33°F.
Average High and Low Temperature in September
The figure below shows you a compact characterization of the hourly average temperatures for the quarter of the year centered on September. 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 September
The month of September in Ritzville experiences increasing cloud cover, with the percentage of time that the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy increasing from 28% to 39%.
The clearest day of the month is September 1, with clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy conditions 72% of the time.
For reference, on January 15, the cloudiest day of the year, the chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 69%, while on August 2, the clearest day of the year, the chance of clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy skies is 81%.
Cloud Cover Categories in September
A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. In Ritzville, the chance of a wet day over the course of September is gradually increasing, starting the month at 6% and ending it at 9%.
For reference, the year's highest daily chance of a wet day is 29% on December 1, and its lowest chance is 5% on August 17.
Probability of Precipitation in September
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 September in Ritzville is essentially constant, remaining about 0.4 inches throughout, and rarely exceeding 1.1 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall in September
Over the course of September in Ritzville, the length of the day is rapidly decreasing. From the start to the end of the month, the length of the day decreases by 1 hour, 36 minutes, implying an average daily decrease of 3 minutes, 20 seconds, and weekly decrease of 23 minutes, 18 seconds.
The shortest day of the month is September 30, with 11 hours, 44 minutes of daylight and the longest day is September 1, with 13 hours, 20 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight in September
The earliest sunrise of the month in Ritzville is 6:12 AM on September 1 and the latest sunrise is 38 minutes later at 6:51 AM on September 30.
The latest sunset is 7:33 PM on September 1 and the earliest sunset is 58 minutes earlier at 6:34 PM on September 30.
Daylight saving time is observed in Ritzville during 2018, but it neither starts nor ends during September, so the entire month is in daylight saving time.
For reference, on June 21, the longest day of the year, the Sun rises at 4:57 AM and sets 15 hours, 55 minutes later, at 8:52 PM, while on December 21, the shortest day of the year, it rises at 7:36 AM and sets 8 hours, 29 minutes later, at 4:06 PM.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight in September
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 Ritzville is essentially constant during September, remaining around 0% throughout.
Humidity Comfort Levels in September
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 Ritzville is essentially constant during September, remaining within 0.2 miles per hour of 7.6 miles per hour throughout.
For reference, on March 26, the windiest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 9.3 miles per hour, while on August 12, the calmest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 7.2 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed in September
Wind Direction in September
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 Ritzville typically lasts for 5.8 months (175 days), from around April 23 to around October 16, rarely starting before April 1 or after May 14, and rarely ending before September 28 or after November 3.
The month of September in Ritzville is more likely than not fully within the growing season, with the chance that a given day is in the growing season decreasing from 100% to 87% over the course of the month.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in September
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 Ritzville are increasing during September, increasing by 342°F, from 2,108°F to 2,450°F, over the course of the month.
Growing Degree Days in September
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 Ritzville is rapidly decreasing during September, falling by 1.7 kWh, from 5.8 kWh to 4.1 kWh, over the course of the month.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in September
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Ritzville are 47.127 deg latitude, -118.380 deg longitude, and 1,870 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Ritzville contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 180 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 1,862 feet. Within 10 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (522 feet). Within 50 miles contains significant variations in elevation (2,598 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Ritzville is covered by shrubs (40%), cropland (40%), and grassland (20%), within 10 miles by shrubs (44%) and cropland (43%), and within 50 miles by shrubs (41%) and cropland (41%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Ritzville 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 5 weather stations near enough to contribute to our estimation of the temperature and dew point in Ritzville.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Ritzville 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 Ritzville is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Ritzville and a given station.
The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Grant County International Airport (29%, 72 kilometers, west); Fairchild Air Force Base (26%, 79 kilometers, northeast); Pullman–Moscow Regional Airport (17%, 106 kilometers, southeast); Tri-Cities Airport (14%, 111 kilometers, southwest); and Walla Walla Regional Airport (15%, 115 kilometers, south).
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.
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