Average Weather in July in Bison South Dakota, United States
Daily high temperatures increase by 3°F, from 83°F to 86°F, rarely falling below 72°F or exceeding 96°F. The highest daily average high temperature is 86°F on July 23.
Daily low temperatures increase by 2°F, from 57°F to 59°F, rarely falling below 50°F or exceeding 67°F. The highest daily average low temperature is 60°F on July 23.
For reference, on July 23, the hottest day of the year, temperatures in Bison typically range from 60°F to 86°F, while on January 2, the coldest day of the year, they range from 11°F to 28°F.
Average High and Low Temperature in July
The figure below shows you a compact characterization of the hourly average temperatures for the quarter of the year centered on July. 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 July
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The month of July in Bison experiences essentially constant cloud cover, with the percentage of time that the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy remaining about 26% throughout the month. The lowest chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 24% on July 22.
The clearest day of the month is July 22, with clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy conditions 76% of the time.
For reference, on March 14, the cloudiest day of the year, the chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 55%, while on July 22, the clearest day of the year, the chance of clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy skies is 76%.
Cloud Cover Categories in July
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A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. In Bison, the chance of a wet day over the course of July is gradually decreasing, starting the month at 28% and ending it at 26%.
For reference, the year's highest daily chance of a wet day is 33% on June 8, and its lowest chance is 3% on January 19.
Probability of Precipitation in July
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 July in Bison is gradually decreasing, starting the month at 2.1 inches, when it rarely exceeds 3.4 inches or falls below 0.8 inches, and ending the month at 1.6 inches, when it rarely exceeds 2.8 inches or falls below 0.5 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall in July
Over the course of July in Bison, the length of the day is decreasing. From the start to the end of the month, the length of the day decreases by 52 minutes, implying an average daily decrease of 1 minute, 43 seconds, and weekly decrease of 12 minutes, 4 seconds.
The shortest day of the month is July 31, with 14 hours, 45 minutes of daylight and the longest day is July 1, with 15 hours, 37 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight in July
The earliest sunrise of the month in Bison is 5:05 AM on July 1 and the latest sunrise is 28 minutes later at 5:33 AM on July 31.
The latest sunset is 8:42 PM on July 1 and the earliest sunset is 24 minutes earlier at 8:18 PM on July 31.
Daylight saving time is observed in Bison during 2020, but it neither starts nor ends during July, so the entire month is in daylight saving time.
For reference, on June 20, the longest day of the year, the Sun rises at 5:00 AM and sets 15 hours, 41 minutes later, at 8:42 PM, while on December 21, the shortest day of the year, it rises at 7:27 AM and sets 8 hours, 42 minutes later, at 4:09 PM.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight in July
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 Bison is essentially constant during July, remaining within 1% of 4% throughout.
The highest chance of a muggy day during July is 5% on July 18.
For reference, on July 18, the muggiest day of the year, there are muggy conditions 5% 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 July
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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 Bison is gradually decreasing during July, decreasing from 10.5 miles per hour to 9.8 miles per hour over the course of the month.
For reference, on January 18, the windiest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 12.8 miles per hour, while on July 29, the calmest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 9.8 miles per hour.
The lowest daily average wind speed during July is 9.8 miles per hour on July 29.
Average Wind Speed in July
The hourly average wind direction in Bison throughout July is predominantly from the south, with a peak proportion of 32% on July 30.
Wind Direction in July
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 Bison typically lasts for 4.7 months (145 days), from around May 7 to around September 29, rarely starting before April 19 or after May 24, and rarely ending before September 9 or after October 18.
The month of July in Bison is reliably fully within the growing season.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in July
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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 Bison are rapidly increasing during July, increasing by 623°F, from 807°F to 1,430°F, over the course of the month.
Growing Degree Days in July
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 Bison is gradually decreasing during July, falling by 0.6 kWh, from 7.6 kWh to 7.0 kWh, over the course of the month.
The highest average daily incident shortwave solar energy during July is 7.6 kWh on July 3.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in July
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Bison are 45.520 deg latitude, -102.461 deg longitude, and 2,726 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Bison contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 164 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 2,753 feet. Within 10 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (623 feet). Within 50 miles contains significant variations in elevation (1,759 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Bison is covered by grassland (58%) and cropland (42%), within 10 miles by grassland (82%) and cropland (18%), and within 50 miles by grassland (93%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Bison 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 Bison.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Bison 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 Bison is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Bison and a given station.
The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Lemmon Municipal Airport (32%, 52 kilometers, northeast); Hettinger Municipal Airport (29%, 57 kilometers, north); Faith (24%, 64 kilometers, southeast); and Buffalo (16%, 85 kilometers, west).
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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