Average Weather in May in Philipsburg Montana, United States
Daily high temperatures increase by 8°F, from 55°F to 62°F, rarely falling below 41°F or exceeding 75°F.
Daily low temperatures increase by 7°F, from 31°F to 39°F, rarely falling below 23°F or exceeding 46°F.
For reference, on July 30, the hottest day of the year, temperatures in Philipsburg typically range from 47°F to 79°F, while on December 23, the coldest day of the year, they range from 11°F to 26°F.
Average High and Low Temperature in May
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
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The month of May in Philipsburg experiences essentially constant cloud cover, with the percentage of time that the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy remaining about 56% throughout the month.
The clearest day of the month is May 31, with clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy conditions 44% of the time.
For reference, on March 17, the cloudiest day of the year, the chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 65%, while on July 23, the clearest day of the year, the chance of clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy skies is 77%.
Cloud Cover Categories in May
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A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. In Philipsburg, the chance of a wet day over the course of May is very rapidly increasing, starting the month at 22% and ending it at 35%.
For reference, the year's highest daily chance of a wet day is 36% on June 7, and its lowest chance is 12% on January 22.
Over the course of May in Philipsburg, the chance of a day with only rain increases from 18% to 33%, the chance of a day with mixed snow and rain remains an essentially constant 2% throughout, and the chance of a day with only snow remains an essentially constant 1% throughout.
Probability of Precipitation in May
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 Philipsburg is rapidly increasing, starting the month at 1.1 inches, when it rarely exceeds 1.9 inches or falls below 0.4 inches, and ending the month at 2.2 inches, when it rarely exceeds 4.0 inches or falls below 1.0 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall in May
We report snowfall in liquid-equivalent terms. The actual depth of new snowfall is typically between 5 and 10 times the liquid-equivalent amount, assuming the ground is frozen. As with rainfall, we consider the liquid-equivalent snowfall accumulated over a sliding 31-day period centered around each day.
The average sliding 31-day liquid-equivalent snowfall during May in Philipsburg is essentially constant, remaining about 0.1 inches throughout, and rarely exceeding 0.5 inches or falling below -0.0 inches.
Average Monthly Liquid-Equivalent Snowfall in May
Over the course of May in Philipsburg, 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, 8 minutes, implying an average daily increase of 2 minutes, 17 seconds, and weekly increase of 15 minutes, 58 seconds.
The shortest day of the month is May 1, with 14 hours, 24 minutes of daylight and the longest day is May 31, with 15 hours, 32 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight in May
The latest sunrise of the month in Philipsburg is 6:18 AM on May 1 and the earliest sunrise is 34 minutes earlier at 5:45 AM on May 31.
The earliest sunset is 8:42 PM on May 1 and the latest sunset is 35 minutes later at 9:17 PM on May 31.
Daylight saving time is observed in Philipsburg during 2021, 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 5:41 AM and sets 15 hours, 48 minutes later, at 9:29 PM, while on December 21, the shortest day of the year, it rises at 8:13 AM and sets 8 hours, 36 minutes later, at 4:49 PM.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight in May
The figure below presents a compact representation of key lunar data for May 2021. The horizontal axis is the day, the vertical axis is the hour of the day, and the colored areas indicate when the moon is above the horizon. The vertical gray bars (new Moons) and blue bars (full Moons) indicate key Moon phases. The label associated with each bar indicates the date and time that the phase is obtained, and the companion time labels indicate the rise and set times of the Moon for the nearest time interval in which the moon is above the horizon.
Moon Rise, Set & Phases in May
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 Philipsburg is essentially constant during May, remaining around 0% throughout.
Humidity Comfort Levels in May
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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 Philipsburg is essentially constant during May, remaining within 0.2 miles per hour of 5.0 miles per hour throughout.
For reference, on January 16, the windiest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 6.2 miles per hour, while on August 4, the calmest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 4.3 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed in May
The hourly average wind direction in Philipsburg throughout May is predominantly from the west, with a peak proportion of 56% on May 31.
Wind Direction in May
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 Philipsburg typically lasts for 2.8 months (84 days), from around June 14 to around September 7, rarely starting before May 22 or after July 4, and rarely ending before August 21 or after September 23.
The month of May in Philipsburg 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 0% to 21% over the course of the month.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in May
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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 in Philipsburg are gradually increasing during May, increasing by 87°F, from 35°F to 122°F, over the course of the month.
Growing Degree Days in May
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 Philipsburg is gradually increasing during May, rising by 0.7 kWh, from 6.0 kWh to 6.7 kWh, over the course of the month.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in May
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Philipsburg are 46.332 deg latitude, -113.294 deg longitude, and 5,259 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Philipsburg contains very significant variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 1,742 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 5,544 feet. Within 10 miles contains very significant variations in elevation (4,206 feet). Within 50 miles also contains extreme variations in elevation (7,615 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Philipsburg is covered by cropland (25%), trees (23%), sparse vegetation (22%), and grassland (19%), within 10 miles by trees (48%) and sparse vegetation (21%), and within 50 miles by trees (39%) and sparse vegetation (27%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Philipsburg, 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 Philipsburg.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Philipsburg 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 Philipsburg is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Philipsburg and a given station.
The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Bert Mooney Airport (41%, 74 kilometers, southeast); Missoula International Airport (23%, 90 kilometers, northwest); Helena Regional Airport (21%, 106 kilometers, east); and Lemhi County Airport (15%, 143 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 airports 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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