Average Weather in December in Dighton Kansas, United States
The lowest daily average high temperature is 42°F on December 30.
Daily low temperatures decrease by 5°F, from 26°F to 21°F, rarely falling below 7°F or exceeding 36°F.
For reference, on July 10, the hottest day of the year, temperatures in Dighton typically range from 66°F to 92°F, while on January 3, the coldest day of the year, they range from 21°F to 42°F.
Average High and Low Temperature in December
The figure below shows you a compact characterization of the hourly average temperatures for the quarter of the year centered on December. 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 December
The month of December in Dighton experiences essentially constant cloud cover, with the percentage of time that the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy remaining about 39% throughout the month.
The clearest day of the month is December 1, with clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy conditions 63% of the time.
For reference, on February 15, the cloudiest day of the year, the chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 45%, while on July 4, the clearest day of the year, the chance of clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy skies is 75%.
Cloud Cover Categories in December
A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. In Dighton, the chance of a wet day over the course of December is essentially constant, remaining around 6% throughout.
For reference, the year's highest daily chance of a wet day is 35% on July 22, and its lowest chance is 5% on December 14.
Over the course of December in Dighton, the chance of a day with only rain remains an essentially constant 2% throughout, the chance of a day with mixed snow and rain remains an essentially constant 1% throughout, and the chance of a day with only snow remains an essentially constant 3% throughout.
Probability of Precipitation in December
The average sliding 31-day rainfall during December in Dighton is essentially constant, remaining about 0.2 inches throughout, and rarely exceeding 0.8 inches or falling below -0.0 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall in December
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 December in Dighton is essentially constant, remaining about 0.2 inches throughout, and rarely exceeding 0.8 inches or falling below -0.0 inches.
The highest average 31-day liquid-equivalent accumulation is 0.3 inches on December 30.
Average Monthly Liquid-Equivalent Snowfall in December
Over the course of December in Dighton, the length of the day is essentially constant. The shortest day of the month is December 21, with 9 hours, 29 minutes of daylight and the longest day is December 1, with 9 hours, 41 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight in December
The earliest sunrise of the month in Dighton is 7:40 AM on December 1 and the latest sunrise is 19 minutes later at 7:59 AM on December 31.
The earliest sunset is 5:20 PM on December 7 and the latest sunset is 10 minutes later at 5:30 PM on December 31.
Daylight saving time is observed in Dighton during 2018, but it neither starts nor ends during December, so the entire month is in standard time.
For reference, on June 21, the longest day of the year, the Sun rises at 6:18 AM and sets 14 hours, 51 minutes later, at 9:09 PM, while on December 21, the shortest day of the year, it rises at 7:55 AM and sets 9 hours, 29 minutes later, at 5:24 PM.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time in December
The chance that a given day will be muggy in Dighton is essentially constant during December, remaining around 0% throughout.
For reference, on July 25, the muggiest day of the year, there are muggy conditions 23% of the time, while on October 28, the least muggy day of the year, there are muggy conditions 0% of the time.
Humidity Comfort Levels in December
The average hourly wind speed in Dighton is essentially constant during December, remaining within 0.2 miles per hour of 10.5 miles per hour throughout.
For reference, on April 8, the windiest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 12.9 miles per hour, while on August 6, the calmest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 10.3 miles per hour.
The lowest daily average wind speed during December is 10.4 miles per hour on December 21.
Average Wind Speed in December
Wind Direction in December
The growing season in Dighton typically lasts for 5.8 months (178 days), from around April 21 to around October 16, rarely starting before April 2 or after May 11, and rarely ending before September 25 or after November 4.
The month of December in Dighton is reliably fully outside of the growing season.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in December
The average accumulated growing degree days in Dighton are essentially constant during December, remaining within 7°F of 3,874°F throughout.
Growing Degree Days in December
The average daily incident shortwave solar energy in Dighton is essentially constant during December, remaining within 0.1 kWh of 2.6 kWh throughout.
The lowest average daily incident shortwave solar energy during December is 2.5 kWh on December 21.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in December
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Dighton are 38.482 deg latitude, -100.467 deg longitude, and 2,762 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Dighton is essentially flat, with a maximum elevation change of 79 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 2,764 feet. Within 10 miles is essentially flat (348 feet). Within 50 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (1,316 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Dighton is covered by cropland (73%) and grassland (23%), within 10 miles by cropland (81%) and grassland (18%), and within 50 miles by cropland (60%) and grassland (39%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Dighton 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 Dighton.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Dighton 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 Dighton is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Dighton and a given station.
The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Garden City Regional Airport (34%, 66 kilometers, south); Dodge City Regional Airport (21%, 91 kilometers, southeast); Hays Municipal Airport (15%, 112 kilometers, east); Hill City Municipal Airport (15%, 114 kilometers, northeast); and Shalz Field (14%, 117 kilometers, northwest).
Time zones for aiports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .