Average Weather in August in Niantic Connecticut, United States
Daily high temperatures decrease by 4°F, from 80°F to 76°F, rarely falling below 70°F or exceeding 86°F.
Daily low temperatures decrease by 4°F, from 66°F to 62°F, rarely falling below 53°F or exceeding 72°F.
For reference, on July 21, the hottest day of the year, temperatures in Niantic typically range from 66°F to 80°F, while on January 30, the coldest day of the year, they range from 23°F to 37°F.
Average High and Low Temperature in August
The figure below shows you a compact characterization of the hourly average temperatures for the quarter of the year centered on August. 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 August
The month of August in Niantic experiences gradually decreasing cloud cover, with the percentage of time that the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy decreasing from 41% to 36%.
The clearest day of the month is August 29, with clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy conditions 64% of the time.
For reference, on April 9, the cloudiest day of the year, the chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 53%, while on September 6, the clearest day of the year, the chance of clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy skies is 64%.
Cloud Cover Categories in August
A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. In Niantic, the chance of a wet day over the course of August is rapidly decreasing, starting the month at 29% and ending it at 23%.
For reference, the year's highest daily chance of a wet day is 33% on May 31, and its lowest chance is 23% on September 3.
Probability of Precipitation in August
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 August in Niantic is essentially constant, remaining about 3.3 inches throughout, and rarely exceeding 6.1 inches or falling below 1.1 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall in August
Over the course of August in Niantic, 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, 13 minutes, implying an average daily decrease of 2 minutes, 25 seconds, and weekly decrease of 16 minutes, 56 seconds.
The shortest day of the month is August 31, with 13 hours, 9 minutes of daylight and the longest day is August 1, with 14 hours, 22 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight in August
The earliest sunrise of the month in Niantic is 5:43 AM on August 1 and the latest sunrise is 30 minutes later at 6:14 AM on August 31.
The latest sunset is 8:05 PM on August 1 and the earliest sunset is 42 minutes earlier at 7:23 PM on August 31.
Daylight saving time is observed in Niantic during 2018, but it neither starts nor ends during August, so the entire month is in daylight saving time.
For reference, on June 21, the longest day of the year, the Sun rises at 5:15 AM and sets 15 hours, 10 minutes later, at 8:25 PM, while on December 21, the shortest day of the year, it rises at 7:11 AM and sets 9 hours, 11 minutes later, at 4:22 PM.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight in August
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 Niantic is very rapidly decreasing during August, falling from 55% to 34% over the course of the month.
The highest chance of a muggy day during August is 55% on August 2.
For reference, on August 2, the muggiest day of the year, there are muggy conditions 55% 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 August
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 Niantic is essentially constant during August, remaining within 0.2 miles per hour of 6.0 miles per hour throughout.
For reference, on January 13, the windiest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 10.0 miles per hour, while on July 25, the calmest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 5.7 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed in August
Wind Direction in August
Niantic 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 in Niantic is essentially constant during August, remaining around 70°F throughout.
The highest average surface water temperature during August is 70°F on August 13.
Average Water Temperature in August
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 Niantic typically lasts for 6.5 months (200 days), from around April 11 to around October 29, rarely starting before March 25 or after April 29, and rarely ending before October 10 or after November 16.
The month of August in Niantic is reliably fully within the growing season.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in August
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 Niantic are rapidly increasing during August, increasing by 626°F, from 1,503°F to 2,129°F, over the course of the month.
Growing Degree Days in August
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 Niantic is gradually decreasing during August, falling by 0.7 kWh, from 6.3 kWh to 5.6 kWh, over the course of the month.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in August
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Niantic are 41.325 deg latitude, -72.193 deg longitude, and 30 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Niantic contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 256 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 41 feet. Within 10 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (604 feet). Within 50 miles contains significant variations in elevation (1,302 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Niantic is covered by trees (45%), water (30%), and artificial surfaces (23%), within 10 miles by water (44%) and trees (44%), and within 50 miles by water (45%) and trees (40%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Niantic 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 Niantic.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Niantic 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 Niantic is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Niantic and a given station.
The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Groton-New London Airport (68%, 12 kilometers, east); Chester Airport (18%, 27 kilometers, west); Windham Airport (9%, 46 kilometers, north); and The Francis S Gabreski Airport (5%, 65 kilometers, southwest).
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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