Average Weather in October in Houston Texas, United States
Daily high temperatures decrease by 9°F, from 86°F to 78°F, rarely falling below 68°F or exceeding 93°F.
Daily low temperatures decrease by 8°F, from 69°F to 61°F, rarely falling below 49°F or exceeding 76°F.
For reference, on August 6, the hottest day of the year, temperatures in Houston typically range from 77°F to 95°F, while on January 5, the coldest day of the year, they range from 47°F to 63°F.
Average High and Low Temperature in October
The figure below shows you a compact characterization of the hourly average temperatures for the quarter of the year centered on October. 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 October
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The month of October in Houston experiences essentially constant cloud cover, with the percentage of time that the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy remaining about 32% throughout the month. The lowest chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 31% on October 26.
The clearest day of the month is October 26, with clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy conditions 69% of the time.
For reference, on August 20, the cloudiest day of the year, the chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 49%, while on October 10, the clearest day of the year, the chance of clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy skies is 69%.
Cloud Cover Categories in October
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A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. In Houston, the chance of a wet day over the course of October is gradually decreasing, starting the month at 27% and ending it at 25%.
For reference, the year's highest daily chance of a wet day is 40% on June 24, and its lowest chance is 21% on April 15.
Probability of Precipitation in October
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 October in Houston is gradually increasing, starting the month at 4.0 inches, when it rarely exceeds 7.7 inches or falls below 1.0 inches, and ending the month at 4.4 inches, when it rarely exceeds 9.9 inches or falls below 0.8 inches.
The highest average 31-day accumulation is 4.5 inches on October 26.
Average Monthly Rainfall in October
Over the course of October in Houston, the length of the day is decreasing. From the start to the end of the month, the length of the day decreases by 51 minutes, implying an average daily decrease of 1 minute, 42 seconds, and weekly decrease of 11 minutes, 53 seconds.
The shortest day of the month is October 31, with 11 hours, 1 minute of daylight and the longest day is October 1, with 11 hours, 52 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight in October
The earliest sunrise of the month in Houston is 7:14 AM on October 1 and the latest sunrise is 20 minutes later at 7:34 AM on October 31.
The latest sunset is 7:06 PM on October 1 and the earliest sunset is 31 minutes earlier at 6:35 PM on October 31.
Daylight saving time is observed in Houston during 2018, but it neither starts nor ends during October, so the entire month is in daylight saving time.
For reference, on June 21, the longest day of the year, the Sun rises at 6:21 AM and sets 14 hours, 4 minutes later, at 8:25 PM, while on December 21, the shortest day of the year, it rises at 7:12 AM and sets 10 hours, 14 minutes later, at 5:26 PM.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time in October
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 Houston is very rapidly decreasing during October, falling from 56% to 31% over the course of the month.
For reference, on July 21, the muggiest day of the year, there are muggy conditions 98% of the time, while on January 29, the least muggy day of the year, there are muggy conditions 6% of the time.
Humidity Comfort Levels in October
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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 Houston is gradually increasing during October, increasing from 7.3 miles per hour to 8.2 miles per hour over the course of the month.
For reference, on April 3, the windiest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 9.4 miles per hour, while on August 16, the calmest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 6.2 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed in October
Wind Direction in October
Houston is located near a large body of water (e.g., ocean, sea, or large lake). This section reports on the wide-area average surface temperature of that water.
The average surface water temperature in Houston is decreasing during October, falling by 7°F, from 81°F to 74°F, over the course of the month.
Average Water Temperature in October
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 Houston typically lasts for 12 months (350 days), from around January 18 to around January 3, rarely starting after February 26, or ending before December 5.
The month of October in Houston is reliably fully within the growing season.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in October
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 Houston are rapidly increasing during October, increasing by 677°F, from 6,138°F to 6,815°F, over the course of the month.
Growing Degree Days in October
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 Houston is decreasing during October, falling by 1.0 kWh, from 5.2 kWh to 4.2 kWh, over the course of the month.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in October
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Houston are 29.763 deg latitude, -95.363 deg longitude, and 46 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Houston is essentially flat, with a maximum elevation change of 56 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 43 feet. Within 10 miles is also essentially flat (95 feet). Within 50 miles is essentially flat (433 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Houston is covered by artificial surfaces (100%), within 10 miles by artificial surfaces (94%), and within 50 miles by cropland (40%) and artificial surfaces (22%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Houston 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 2 weather stations near enough to contribute to our estimation of the temperature and dew point in Houston.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Houston 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 Houston is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Houston and a given station.
The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Houston Dunn Helistop (85%, 5.5 kilometers, south) and George Bush Intercontinental Airport (15%, 24 kilometers, north).
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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