Average Weather in April in Plains Montana, United States
Daily high temperatures increase by 9°F, from 53°F to 62°F, rarely falling below 43°F or exceeding 75°F.
Daily low temperatures increase by 6°F, from 34°F to 40°F, rarely falling below 28°F or exceeding 48°F.
For reference, on July 30, the hottest day of the year, temperatures in Plains typically range from 57°F to 85°F, while on December 31, the coldest day of the year, they range from 21°F to 31°F.
Average High and Low Temperature in April
The figure below shows you a compact characterization of the hourly average temperatures for the quarter of the year centered on April. 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 April
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The month of April in Plains experiences gradually decreasing cloud cover, with the percentage of time that the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy decreasing from 62% to 54%.
The clearest day of the month is April 30, with clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy conditions 46% of the time.
For reference, on January 10, the cloudiest day of the year, the chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 70%, while on July 28, the clearest day of the year, the chance of clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy skies is 78%.
Cloud Cover Categories in April
0% clear 20% mostly clear 40% partly cloudy 60% mostly cloudy 80% overcast 100%
A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. In Plains, the chance of a wet day over the course of April is gradually decreasing, starting the month at 27% and ending it at 25%.
For reference, the year's highest daily chance of a wet day is 36% on June 1, and its lowest chance is 12% on August 4.
Probability of Precipitation in April
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 April in Plains is essentially constant, remaining about 1.4 inches throughout, and rarely exceeding 2.3 inches or falling below 0.5 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall in April
Over the course of April in Plains, 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, 34 minutes, implying an average daily increase of 3 minutes, 15 seconds, and weekly increase of 22 minutes, 45 seconds.
The shortest day of the month is April 1, with 12 hours, 53 minutes of daylight and the longest day is April 30, with 14 hours, 27 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight in April
The latest sunrise of the month in Plains is 7:17 AM on April 1 and the earliest sunrise is 54 minutes earlier at 6:23 AM on April 30.
The earliest sunset is 8:10 PM on April 1 and the latest sunset is 41 minutes later at 8:50 PM on April 30.
Daylight saving time is observed in Plains during 2020, but it neither starts nor ends during April, so the entire month is in daylight saving time.
For reference, on June 20, the longest day of the year, the Sun rises at 5:42 AM and sets 15 hours, 58 minutes later, at 9:40 PM, while on December 21, the shortest day of the year, it rises at 8:24 AM and sets 8 hours, 27 minutes later, at 4:51 PM.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time in April
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 Plains is essentially constant during April, remaining around 0% throughout.
For reference, on July 26, 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 April
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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 in Plains is essentially constant during April, remaining within 0.1 miles per hour of 4.7 miles per hour throughout.
For reference, on April 18, the windiest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 4.8 miles per hour, while on August 13, the calmest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 4.1 miles per hour.
The highest daily average wind speed during April is 4.8 miles per hour on April 18.
Average Wind Speed in April
The hourly average wind direction in Plains throughout April is predominantly from the west, with a peak proportion of 54% on April 23.
Wind Direction in April
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 Plains typically lasts for 5.2 months (159 days), from around May 1 to around October 8, rarely starting before April 12 or after May 18, and rarely ending before September 20 or after October 26.
The month of April in Plains is more likely than not fully outside of the growing season, with the chance that a given day is in the growing season rapidly increasing from 3% to 47% over the course of the month.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in April
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 Plains are gradually increasing during April, increasing by 70°F, from 18°F to 88°F, over the course of the month.
Growing Degree Days in April
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 Plains is increasing during April, rising by 1.3 kWh, from 4.5 kWh to 5.9 kWh, over the course of the month.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in April
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Plains are 47.460 deg latitude, -114.883 deg longitude, and 2,654 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Plains contains very significant variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 1,168 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 2,627 feet. Within 10 miles contains very significant variations in elevation (4,354 feet). Within 50 miles also contains extreme variations in elevation (7,520 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Plains is covered by sparse vegetation (47%), grassland (23%), and shrubs (21%), within 10 miles by trees (47%) and shrubs (29%), and within 50 miles by trees (54%) and shrubs (20%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Plains 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 Plains.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Plains 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 Plains is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Plains and a given station.
The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Mullan Pass, Mullan Pass Vor (23%, 57 kilometers, west); Missoula International Airport (36%, 85 kilometers, southeast); Glacier Park International Airport (27%, 105 kilometers, northeast); and Lowell (14%, 156 kilometers, south).
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 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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