Average Weather in April in Bedford Iowa, United States
Daily high temperatures increase by 10°F, from 58°F to 68°F, rarely falling below 42°F or exceeding 82°F.
Daily low temperatures increase by 11°F, from 37°F to 48°F, rarely falling below 25°F or exceeding 59°F.
For reference, on July 20, the hottest day of the year, temperatures in Bedford typically range from 67°F to 87°F, while on January 15, the coldest day of the year, they range from 17°F to 34°F.
Average High and Low Temperature in April
The figure below shows you a compact characterization of the hourly average temperatures for the quarter of the year centered on April. 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 April
The month of April in Bedford experiences essentially constant cloud cover, with the percentage of time that the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy remaining about 47% throughout the month.
The clearest day of the month is April 30, with clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy conditions 54% of the time.
For reference, on February 12, the cloudiest day of the year, the chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 52%, while on August 26, the clearest day of the year, the chance of clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy skies is 72%.
Cloud Cover Categories in April
A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. In Bedford, the chance of a wet day over the course of April is very rapidly increasing, starting the month at 24% and ending it at 35%.
For reference, the year's highest daily chance of a wet day is 44% on June 7, and its lowest chance is 9% on January 12.
Over the course of April in Bedford, the chance of a day with only rain increases from 22% to 34%, 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 0% throughout.
Probability of Precipitation in April
The average sliding 31-day rainfall during April in Bedford is rapidly increasing, starting the month at 2.2 inches, when it rarely exceeds 3.7 inches or falls below 0.8 inches, and ending the month at 3.7 inches, when it rarely exceeds 6.1 inches or falls below 1.4 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall in April
Over the course of April in Bedford, the length of the day is rapidly increasing. From the start to the end of the month, the length of the day increases by 1 hour, 14 minutes, implying an average daily increase of 2 minutes, 33 seconds, and weekly increase of 17 minutes, 49 seconds.
The shortest day of the month is April 1, with 12 hours, 41 minutes of daylight and the longest day is April 30, with 13 hours, 55 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight in April
The latest sunrise of the month in Bedford is 7:02 AM on April 1 and the earliest sunrise is 44 minutes earlier at 6:18 AM on April 30.
The earliest sunset is 7:43 PM on April 1 and the latest sunset is 30 minutes later at 8:13 PM on April 30.
Daylight saving time is observed in Bedford during 2018, but it neither starts nor ends during April, so the entire month is in daylight saving time.
For reference, on June 21, the longest day of the year, the Sun rises at 5:48 AM and sets 15 hours, 5 minutes later, at 8:53 PM, while on December 21, the shortest day of the year, it rises at 7:39 AM and sets 9 hours, 16 minutes later, at 4:54 PM.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time in April
The chance that a given day will be muggy in Bedford is essentially constant during April, remaining within 1% of 1% throughout.
For reference, on July 22, the muggiest day of the year, there are muggy conditions 61% 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 April
The average hourly wind speed in Bedford is gradually decreasing during April, decreasing from 12.8 miles per hour to 12.0 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 12.8 miles per hour, while on August 6, the calmest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 8.1 miles per hour.
The highest daily average wind speed during April is 12.8 miles per hour on April 1.
Average Wind Speed in April
Wind Direction in April
The growing season in Bedford typically lasts for 5.8 months (177 days), from around April 16 to around October 10, rarely starting before March 29 or after May 6, and rarely ending before September 22 or after October 28.
During April in Bedford, the chance that a given day is within the growing season is very rapidly increasing rising from 14% to 82% over the course of the month.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in April
The average accumulated growing degree days in Bedford are gradually increasing during April, increasing by 174°F, from 79°F to 254°F, over the course of the month.
Growing Degree Days in April
The average daily incident shortwave solar energy in Bedford is gradually increasing during April, rising by 1.0 kWh, from 5.0 kWh to 6.0 kWh, over the course of the month.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in April
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Bedford are 40.667 deg latitude, -94.721 deg longitude, and 1,171 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Bedford contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 177 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 1,159 feet. Within 10 miles also contains only modest variations in elevation (279 feet). Within 50 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (650 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Bedford is covered by cropland (95%), within 10 miles by cropland (92%), and within 50 miles by cropland (93%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Bedford 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 Bedford.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Bedford 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 Bedford is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Bedford and a given station.
The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Schenck Field Airport (56%, 26 kilometers, west); Creston Municipal Airport (23%, 48 kilometers, northeast); Lamoni Municipal Airport (14%, 69 kilometers, east); and Rosecrans Memorial Airport (8%, 101 kilometers, south).
Time zones for aiports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .