Average Weather in December in Dakota Dunes South Dakota, United States
Daily high temperatures decrease by 9°F, from 39°F to 30°F, rarely falling below 12°F or exceeding 54°F.
Daily low temperatures decrease by 8°F, from 22°F to 14°F, rarely falling below -4°F or exceeding 35°F.
For reference, on July 19, the hottest day of the year, temperatures in Dakota Dunes typically range from 66°F to 86°F, while on January 12, the coldest day of the year, they range from 14°F to 31°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
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Pervomayskiy, Kazakhstan (6,498 miles away); Yinchuan, China (6,671 miles); and Xinzhou, China (6,561 miles) are the far-away foreign places with temperatures most similar to Dakota Dunes (view comparison).
The month of December in Dakota Dunes experiences essentially constant cloud cover, with the percentage of time that the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy remaining about 51% throughout the month. The highest chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 52% on December 28.
The clearest day of the month is December 1, with clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy conditions 51% of the time.
For reference, on February 8, the cloudiest day of the year, the chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 52%, while on July 16, the clearest day of the year, the chance of clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy skies is 74%.
Cloud Cover Categories in December
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A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. In Dakota Dunes, the chance of a wet day over the course of December is gradually decreasing, starting the month at 10% and ending it at 7%.
For reference, the year's highest daily chance of a wet day is 42% on June 8, and its lowest chance is 7% on January 28.
Over the course of December in Dakota Dunes, the chance of a day with only rain decreases from 5% to 2%, 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 4% throughout.
Probability of Precipitation in December
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 December in Dakota Dunes is gradually decreasing, starting the month at 0.6 inches, when it rarely exceeds 1.4 inches, and ending the month at 0.2 inches, when it rarely exceeds 0.7 inches or falls 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 Dakota Dunes is essentially constant, remaining about 0.3 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 9.
Average Monthly Liquid-Equivalent Snowfall in December
Over the course of December in Dakota Dunes, the length of the day is essentially constant. The shortest day of the month is December 21, with 9 hours, 4 minutes of daylight and the longest day is December 1, with 9 hours, 18 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight in December
The earliest sunrise of the month in Dakota Dunes is 7:35 AM on December 1 and the latest sunrise is 20 minutes later at 7:55 AM on December 31.
The earliest sunset is 4:52 PM on December 7 and the latest sunset is 10 minutes later at 5:02 PM on December 31.
Daylight saving time is observed in Dakota Dunes 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 5:48 AM and sets 15 hours, 18 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, 4 minutes later, at 4:55 PM.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time in December
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 Dakota Dunes is essentially constant during December, remaining around 0% throughout.
For reference, on July 22, the muggiest day of the year, there are muggy conditions 50% of the time, while on November 15, the least muggy day of the year, there are muggy conditions 0% of the time.
Humidity Comfort Levels in December
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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 Dakota Dunes is essentially constant during December, remaining within 0.2 miles per hour of 11.7 miles per hour throughout.
For reference, on April 11, the windiest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 13.2 miles per hour, while on August 3, the calmest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 8.9 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed in December
Wind Direction in December
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 Dakota Dunes typically lasts for 5.4 months (163 days), from around April 26 to around October 6, rarely starting before April 7 or after May 15, and rarely ending before September 17 or after October 26.
The month of December in Dakota Dunes is reliably fully outside of the growing season.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in December
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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 Dakota Dunes are essentially constant during December, remaining within 2°F of 3,305°F throughout.
Growing Degree Days in December
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 Dakota Dunes is essentially constant during December, remaining within 0.1 kWh of 1.9 kWh throughout.
The lowest average daily incident shortwave solar energy during December is 1.8 kWh on December 20.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in December
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Dakota Dunes are 42.487 deg latitude, -96.486 deg longitude, and 1,093 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Dakota Dunes contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 276 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 1,098 feet. Within 10 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (541 feet). Within 50 miles contains significant variations in elevation (955 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Dakota Dunes is covered by cropland (63%), artificial surfaces (24%), and water (10%), within 10 miles by cropland (76%) and artificial surfaces (11%), and within 50 miles by cropland (92%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Dakota Dunes 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 Dakota Dunes.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Dakota Dunes 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 Dakota Dunes is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Dakota Dunes and a given station.
The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Sioux Gateway Airport/Col. Bud Day Field (71%, 14 kilometers, southeast); Le Mars Municipal Airport (14%, 40 kilometers, northeast); Wayne Municipal Airport (10%, 49 kilometers, southwest); and Chan Gurney Municipal Airport (4.8%, 84 kilometers, northwest).
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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