Average Weather in May in Colfax Washington, United States
Daily high temperatures increase by 7°F, from 63°F to 70°F, rarely falling below 52°F or exceeding 82°F.
Daily low temperatures increase by 6°F, from 41°F to 47°F, rarely falling below 33°F or exceeding 55°F.
For reference, on August 4, the hottest day of the year, temperatures in Colfax typically range from 54°F to 87°F, while on December 23, the coldest day of the year, they range from 26°F to 35°F.
Average High and Low Temperature in May
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 May. 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 May
The average hourly temperature, color coded into bands: frigid < 15°F < freezing < 32°F < very cold < 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.
Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina (5,618 miles away) and Çekerek, Turkey (6,208 miles) are the far-away foreign places with temperatures most similar to Colfax (view comparison).
The month of May in Colfax experiences essentially constant cloud cover, with the percentage of time that the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy remaining about 52% throughout the month.
The clearest day of the month is May 31, with clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy conditions 50% of the time.
For reference, on January 15, the cloudiest day of the year, the chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 72%, while on July 29, the clearest day of the year, the chance of clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy skies is 80%.
Cloud Cover Categories in May
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.
A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. In Colfax, the chance of a wet day over the course of May is gradually increasing, starting the month at 21% and ending it at 25%.
For reference, the year's highest daily chance of a wet day is 39% on November 28, and its lowest chance is 7% on August 5.
Probability of Precipitation in May
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).
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 May in Colfax is essentially constant, remaining about 1.5 inches throughout, and rarely exceeding 2.8 inches or falling below 0.5 inches.
The highest average 31-day accumulation is 1.6 inches on May 23.
Average Monthly Rainfall in May
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.
Over the course of May in Colfax, 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, 10 minutes, implying an average daily increase of 2 minutes, 21 seconds, and weekly increase of 16 minutes, 26 seconds.
The shortest day of the month is May 1, with 14 hours, 26 minutes of daylight and the longest day is May 31, with 15 hours, 36 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight in May
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 in Colfax is 5:34 AM on May 1 and the earliest sunrise is 35 minutes earlier at 4:59 AM on May 31.
The earliest sunset is 7:59 PM on May 1 and the latest sunset is 36 minutes later at 8:35 PM on May 31.
Daylight saving time is observed in Colfax during 2018, but it neither starts nor ends during May, so the entire month is in daylight saving time.
For reference, on June 21, the longest day of the year, the Sun rises at 4:54 AM and sets 15 hours, 53 minutes later, at 8:47 PM, while on December 21, the shortest day of the year, it rises at 7:31 AM and sets 8 hours, 31 minutes later, at 4:03 PM.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight in May
The solar day over the course of May. 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.
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 Colfax is essentially constant during May, remaining around 0% throughout.
For reference, on July 6, 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 May
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.
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 Colfax is essentially constant during May, remaining within 0.2 miles per hour of 7.4 miles per hour throughout.
For reference, on November 19, the windiest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 8.2 miles per hour, while on August 12, the calmest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 6.6 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed in May
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 in Colfax throughout May is predominantly from the west
, with a peak proportion of 50%
on May 31
Wind Direction in May
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).
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 Colfax typically lasts for 5.5 months (166 days), from around April 29 to around October 12, rarely starting before April 3 or after May 18, and rarely ending before September 22 or after October 31.
The month of May in Colfax is more likely than not fully within the growing season, with the chance that a given day is in the growing season rapidly increasing from 55% to 99% over the course of the month.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in May
The percentage of time spent in various temperature bands: frigid < 15°F < freezing < 32°F < very cold < 45°F < cold < 55°F < cool < 65°F < comfortable < 75°F < warm < 85°F < hot < 95°F < sweltering. The black line is the percentage chance that a given day is within the growing season.
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 Colfax are increasing during May, increasing by 197°F, from 105°F to 302°F, over the course of the month.
Growing Degree Days in May
The average growing degree days accumulated over the course of May, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.
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 Colfax is gradually increasing during May, rising by 0.8 kWh, from 5.8 kWh to 6.5 kWh, over the course of the month.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in May
The average daily shortwave solar energy reaching the ground per square meter (orange line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Colfax are 46.880 deg latitude, -117.364 deg longitude, and 2,277 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Colfax contains significant variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 591 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 2,230 feet. Within 10 miles contains significant variations in elevation (1,900 feet). Within 50 miles contains very significant variations in elevation (5,463 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Colfax is covered by cropland (84%), within 10 miles by cropland (94%), and within 50 miles by cropland (42%) and shrubs (29%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Colfax 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 4 weather stations near enough to contribute to our estimation of the temperature and dew point in Colfax.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Colfax 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 Colfax is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Colfax and a given station.
The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Pullman–Moscow Regional Airport (74%, 25 kilometers, southeast); Spokane International Airport (13%, 83 kilometers, north); Walla Walla Regional Airport (8%, 112 kilometers, southwest); and Grant County International Airport (5%, 153 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.
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