Average Weather in July in Plains Kansas, United States
The highest daily average high temperature is 93°F on July 21.
Daily low temperatures are around 67°F, rarely falling below 60°F or exceeding 73°F. The highest daily average low temperature is 68°F on July 22.
For reference, on July 20, the hottest day of the year, temperatures in Plains typically range from 68°F to 93°F, while on January 3, the coldest day of the year, they range from 22°F to 45°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
The month of July in Plains experiences essentially constant cloud cover, with the percentage of time that the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy remaining about 27% throughout the month. The lowest chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 25% on July 4.
The clearest day of the month is July 4, with clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy conditions 75% of the time.
For reference, on February 15, the cloudiest day of the year, the chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 43%, while on September 19, the clearest day of the year, the chance of clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy skies is 75%.
Cloud Cover Categories in July
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 July is gradually increasing, starting the month at 30% and ending it at 33%.
For reference, the year's highest daily chance of a wet day is 34% on June 8, and its lowest chance is 5% on January 11.
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 Plains is essentially constant, remaining about 2.5 inches throughout, and rarely exceeding 4.5 inches or falling below 0.8 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall in July
Over the course of July in Plains, the length of the day is decreasing. From the start to the end of the month, the length of the day decreases by 37 minutes, implying an average daily decrease of 1 minute, 13 seconds, and weekly decrease of 8 minutes, 31 seconds.
The shortest day of the month is July 31, with 14 hours, 4 minutes of daylight and the longest day is July 1, with 14 hours, 41 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight in July
The earliest sunrise of the month in Plains is 6:25 AM on July 1 and the latest sunrise is 21 minutes later at 6:46 AM on July 31.
The latest sunset is 9:06 PM on July 1 and the earliest sunset is 16 minutes earlier at 8:50 PM on July 31.
Daylight saving time is observed in Plains during 2018, but it neither starts nor ends during July, so the entire month is in daylight saving time.
For reference, on June 21, the longest day of the year, the Sun rises at 6:22 AM and sets 14 hours, 44 minutes later, at 9:06 PM, while on December 21, the shortest day of the year, it rises at 7:52 AM and sets 9 hours, 36 minutes later, at 5:28 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 Plains is increasing during July, rising from 16% to 22% over the course of the month.
The highest chance of a muggy day during July is 22% on July 28.
For reference, on July 28, the muggiest day of the year, there are muggy conditions 22% of the time, while on November 1, the least muggy day of the year, there are muggy conditions 0% of the time.
Humidity Comfort Levels in July
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 decreasing during July, decreasing from 11.6 miles per hour to 10.6 miles per hour over the course of the month.
For reference, on April 8, the windiest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 13.0 miles per hour, while on December 21, the calmest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 10.3 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed in July
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 Plains typically lasts for 6.2 months (190 days), from around April 14 to around October 21, rarely starting before March 26 or after May 1, and rarely ending before October 1 or after November 10.
The month of July in Plains is reliably fully within the growing season.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in July
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 rapidly increasing during July, increasing by 826°F, from 1,595°F to 2,421°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 Plains is gradually decreasing during July, falling by 0.5 kWh, from 7.6 kWh to 7.0 kWh, over the course of the month.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in July
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Plains are 37.260 deg latitude, -100.593 deg longitude, and 2,756 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Plains is essentially flat, with a maximum elevation change of 39 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 2,757 feet. Within 10 miles is essentially flat (377 feet). Within 50 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (1,467 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Plains is covered by cropland (82%) and grassland (17%), within 10 miles by cropland (73%) and grassland (27%), and within 50 miles by cropland (51%) and grassland (48%).
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 5 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: Liberal Mid-America Regional Airport (47%, 41 kilometers, southwest); Garden City Regional Airport (19%, 75 kilometers, north); Dodge City Regional Airport (17%, 79 kilometers, northeast); Gage Airport (8%, 130 kilometers, southeast); and West Woodward Airport (8%, 132 kilometers, southeast).
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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