Daily low temperatures decrease by 5°F, from 65°F to 61°F, rarely falling below 51°F or exceeding 72°F.
For reference, on July 19, the hottest day of the year, temperatures in Cambridge typically range from 66°F to 90°F, while on January 2, the coldest day of the year, they range from 18°F to 39°F.
Average High and Low Temperature in August
The daily average high (red line) and low (blue line) temperature, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands. The thin dotted lines are the corresponding average perceived temperatures.
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 average hourly temperature, color coded into bands: frigid < 15°F < freezing < 32°F < very cold < 45°F < cold < 55°F < cool < 65°F < comfortable < 75°F < warm < 85°F < hot < 95°F < sweltering. The shaded overlays indicate night and civil twilight.
The month of August in Cambridge experiences essentially constant cloud cover, with the percentage of time that the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy remaining about 28% throughout the month.
The clearest day of the month is August 26, with clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy conditions 73% of the time.
For reference, on March 4, the cloudiest day of the year, the chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 46%, while on July 8, the clearest day of the year, the chance of clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy skies is 75%.
Cloud Cover Categories in August
The percentage of time spent in each cloud cover band, categorized by the percentage of the sky covered by clouds: clear < 20% < mostly clear < 40% < partly cloudy < 60% < mostly cloudy < 80% < overcast.
A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. In Cambridge, the chance of a wet day over the course of August is very rapidly decreasing, starting the month at 35% and ending it at 24%.
For reference, the year's highest daily chance of a wet day is 37% on June 7, and its lowest chance is 4% on January 15.
Probability of Precipitation in August
The percentage of days in which various types of precipitation are observed, excluding trace quantities: rain alone, snow alone, and mixed (both rain and snow fell in the same day).
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 Cambridge is decreasing, starting the month at 2.7 inches, when it rarely exceeds 4.6 inches or falls below 0.9 inches, and ending the month at 1.8 inches, when it rarely exceeds 3.3 inches or falls below 0.5 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall in August
The average rainfall (solid line) accumulated over the course of a sliding 31-day period centered on the day in question, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands. The thin dotted line is the corresponding average liquid-equivalent snowfall.
Over the course of August in Cambridge, 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, 10 minutes, implying an average daily decrease of 2 minutes, 20 seconds, and weekly decrease of 16 minutes, 18 seconds.
The shortest day of the month is August 31, with 13 hours, 7 minutes of daylight and the longest day is August 1, with 14 hours, 16 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight in August
The number of hours during which the Sun is visible (black line). From bottom (most yellow) to top (most gray), the color bands indicate: full daylight, twilight (civil, nautical, and astronomical), and full night.
The earliest sunrise of the month in Cambridge is 6:38 AM on August 1 and the latest sunrise is 29 minutes later at 7:07 AM on August 31.
The latest sunset is 8:54 PM on August 1 and the earliest sunset is 41 minutes earlier at 8:13 PM on August 31.
Daylight saving time is observed in Cambridge 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 6:11 AM and sets 15 hours, 3 minutes later, at 9:13 PM, while on December 21, the shortest day of the year, it rises at 7:59 AM and sets 9 hours, 18 minutes later, at 5:17 PM.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight in August
The solar day over the course of August. From bottom to top, the black lines are the previous solar midnight, sunrise, solar noon, sunset, and the next solar midnight. The day, twilights (civil, nautical, and astronomical), and night are indicated by the color bands from yellow to gray.
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 Cambridge is rapidly decreasing during August, falling from 30% to 13% over the course of the month.
For reference, on July 25, the muggiest day of the year, there are muggy conditions 31% 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
The percentage of time spent at various humidity comfort levels, categorized by dew point: dry < 55°F < comfortable < 60°F < humid < 65°F < muggy < 70°F < oppressive < 75°F < miserable.
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 Cambridge is gradually increasing during August, increasing from 9.3 miles per hour to 10.2 miles per hour over the course of the month.
For reference, on April 11, the windiest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 12.8 miles per hour, while on August 3, the calmest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 9.3 miles per hour.
The lowest daily average wind speed during August is 9.3 miles per hour on August 5.
Average Wind Speed in August
The average of mean hourly wind speeds (dark gray line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.
The hourly average wind direction in Cambridge throughout August is predominantly from the south, with a peak proportion of 53% on August 23.
Wind Direction in August
The percentage of hours in which the mean wind direction is from each of the four cardinal wind directions (north, east, south, and west), excluding hours in which the mean wind speed is less than 1 mph. The lightly tinted areas at the boundaries are the percentage of hours spent in the implied intermediate directions (northeast, southeast, southwest, and northwest).
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 Cambridge typically lasts for 5.7 months (173 days), from around April 22 to around October 12, rarely starting before April 3 or after May 10, and rarely ending before September 23 or after October 31.
The month of August in Cambridge is reliably fully within the growing season.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in August
The percentage of time spent in various temperature bands: frigid < 15°F < freezing < 32°F < very cold < 45°F < cold < 55°F < cool < 65°F < comfortable < 75°F < warm < 85°F < hot < 95°F < sweltering. The black line is the percentage chance that a given day is within the growing season.
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 Cambridge are rapidly increasing during August, increasing by 709°F, from 2,099°F to 2,808°F, over the course of the month.
Growing Degree Days in August
The average growing degree days accumulated over the course of August, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.
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 Cambridge is gradually decreasing during August, falling by 0.9 kWh, from 6.9 kWh to 6.0 kWh, over the course of the month.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in August
The average daily shortwave solar energy reaching the ground per square meter (orange line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Cambridge are 40.282 deg latitude, -100.166 deg longitude, and 2,300 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Cambridge contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 184 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 2,292 feet. Within 10 miles also contains only modest variations in elevation (443 feet). Within 50 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (1,243 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Cambridge is covered by cropland (50%) and grassland (46%), within 10 miles by grassland (54%) and cropland (45%), and within 50 miles by grassland (55%) and cropland (45%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Cambridge 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 Cambridge.
The estimated value at Cambridge is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Cambridge and a given station.
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.
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