Average Weather in October in Fort Smith Arkansas, United States
Daily high temperatures decrease by 11°F, from 80°F to 69°F, rarely falling below 56°F or exceeding 89°F.
Daily low temperatures decrease by 10°F, from 58°F to 48°F, rarely falling below 35°F or exceeding 68°F.
For reference, on July 26, the hottest day of the year, temperatures in Fort Smith typically range from 73°F to 94°F, while on January 7, the coldest day of the year, they range from 31°F to 50°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 Fort Smith experiences gradually increasing cloud cover, with the percentage of time that the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy increasing from 29% to 37%. The lowest chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 29% on October 5.
The clearest day of the month is October 5, with clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy conditions 71% of the time.
For reference, on February 16, the cloudiest day of the year, the chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 48%, while on October 5, the clearest day of the year, the chance of clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy skies is 71%.
Cloud Cover Categories in October
A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. In Fort Smith, the chance of a wet day over the course of October is essentially constant, remaining around 26% throughout.
For reference, the year's highest daily chance of a wet day is 43% on May 21, and its lowest chance is 17% on January 12.
Probability of Precipitation in October
The average sliding 31-day rainfall during October in Fort Smith is essentially constant, remaining about 3.9 inches throughout, and rarely exceeding 8.1 inches or falling below 0.9 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall in October
Over the course of October in Fort Smith, 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, 3 minutes, implying an average daily decrease of 2 minutes, 7 seconds, and weekly decrease of 14 minutes, 48 seconds.
The shortest day of the month is October 31, with 10 hours, 45 minutes of daylight and the longest day is October 1, with 11 hours, 49 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight in October
The earliest sunrise of the month in Fort Smith is 7:12 AM on October 1 and the latest sunrise is 26 minutes later at 7:38 AM on October 31.
The latest sunset is 7:01 PM on October 1 and the earliest sunset is 38 minutes earlier at 6:23 PM on October 31.
Daylight saving time is observed in Fort Smith 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 6:02 AM and sets 14 hours, 33 minutes later, at 8:35 PM, while on December 21, the shortest day of the year, it rises at 7:22 AM and sets 9 hours, 46 minutes later, at 5:08 PM.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time in October
The chance that a given day will be muggy in Fort Smith is rapidly decreasing during October, falling from 20% to 3% over the course of the month.
For reference, on July 22, the muggiest day of the year, there are muggy conditions 85% of the time, while on January 12, the least muggy day of the year, there are muggy conditions 0% of the time.
Humidity Comfort Levels in October
The average hourly wind speed in Fort Smith is gradually increasing during October, increasing from 6.0 miles per hour to 6.5 miles per hour over the course of the month.
For reference, on April 1, the windiest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 7.9 miles per hour, while on August 3, the calmest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 4.8 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed in October
Wind Direction in October
The growing season in Fort Smith typically lasts for 7.5 months (230 days), from around March 24 to around November 9, rarely starting before March 2 or after April 15, and rarely ending before October 21 or after November 29.
The month of October in Fort Smith is more likely than not fully within the growing season, with the chance that a given day is in the growing season rapidly decreasing from 100% to 73% over the course of the month.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in October
The average accumulated growing degree days in Fort Smith are increasing during October, increasing by 392°F, from 4,633°F to 5,026°F, over the course of the month.
Growing Degree Days in October
The average daily incident shortwave solar energy in Fort Smith is decreasing during October, falling by 1.3 kWh, from 4.9 kWh to 3.6 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 Fort Smith are 35.386 deg latitude, -94.399 deg longitude, and 436 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Fort Smith contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 233 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 459 feet. Within 10 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (748 feet). Within 50 miles contains significant variations in elevation (2,418 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Fort Smith is covered by artificial surfaces (100%), within 10 miles by cropland (47%) and artificial surfaces (26%), and within 50 miles by trees (57%) and cropland (37%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Fort Smith 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 3 weather stations near enough to contribute to our estimation of the temperature and dew point in Fort Smith.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Fort Smith 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 Fort Smith is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Fort Smith and a given station.
The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Fort Smith Municipal Airport (91%, 7 kilometers, southeast); Sallisaw Municipal Airport (7%, 37 kilometers, west); and Drake Field (2.4%, 73 kilometers, north).
Time zones for aiports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .