Average Weather in December in Fort Dodge Iowa, United States
Daily high temperatures decrease by 9°F, from 37°F to 28°F, rarely falling below 10°F or exceeding 53°F.
Daily low temperatures decrease by 9°F, from 22°F to 13°F, rarely falling below -6°F or exceeding 36°F.
For reference, on July 18, the hottest day of the year, temperatures in Fort Dodge typically range from 65°F to 84°F, while on January 20, the coldest day of the year, they range from 12°F to 28°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
The month of December in Fort Dodge experiences essentially constant cloud cover, with the percentage of time that the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy remaining about 54% throughout the month. The highest chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 56% on December 29.
The clearest day of the month is December 1, with clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy conditions 47% of the time.
For reference, on December 29, the cloudiest day of the year, the chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 56%, while on July 28, the clearest day of the year, the chance of clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy skies is 71%.
Cloud Cover Categories in December
0% clear 20% mostly clear 40% partly cloudy 60% mostly cloudy 80% overcast 100%
A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. In Fort Dodge, the chance of a wet day over the course of December is decreasing, starting the month at 15% and ending it at 9%.
For reference, the year's highest daily chance of a wet day is 43% on June 7, and its lowest chance is 8% on January 11.
Over the course of December in Fort Dodge, the chance of a day with only rain decreases from 7% to 2%, the chance of a day with mixed snow and rain remains an essentially constant 3% throughout, and the chance of a day with only snow remains an essentially constant 6% throughout.
Probability of Precipitation in December
The average sliding 31-day rainfall during December in Fort Dodge is gradually decreasing, starting the month at 0.7 inches, when it rarely exceeds 1.6 inches, and ending the month at 0.3 inches, when it rarely exceeds 0.8 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 Fort Dodge is essentially constant, remaining about 0.4 inches throughout, and rarely exceeding 0.9 inches or falling to 0.0 inches.
The highest average 31-day liquid-equivalent accumulation is 0.4 inches on December 17.
Average Monthly Liquid-Equivalent Snowfall in December
Over the course of December in Fort Dodge, 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 Fort Dodge is 7:26 AM on December 1 and the latest sunrise is 20 minutes later at 7:46 AM on December 31.
The earliest sunset is 4:43 PM on December 8 and the latest sunset is 10 minutes later at 4:53 PM on December 31.
Daylight saving time is observed in Fort Dodge 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 5:39 AM and sets 15 hours, 18 minutes later, at 8:57 PM, while on December 21, the shortest day of the year, it rises at 7:43 AM and sets 9 hours, 4 minutes later, at 4:46 PM.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time in December
The chance that a given day will be muggy in Fort Dodge is essentially constant during December, remaining around 0% throughout.
For reference, on July 21, the muggiest day of the year, there are muggy conditions 45% 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
dry 55°F comfortable 60°F humid 65°F muggy 70°F oppressive 75°F miserable
The average hourly wind speed in Fort Dodge is essentially constant during December, remaining within 0.2 miles per hour of 12.0 miles per hour throughout.
For reference, on April 12, the windiest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 13.5 miles per hour, while on August 3, the calmest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 8.3 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed in December
Wind Direction in December
The growing season in Fort Dodge typically lasts for 5.5 months (165 days), from around April 24 to around October 6, rarely starting before April 6 or after May 12, and rarely ending before September 18 or after October 24.
The month of December in Fort Dodge is reliably fully outside of the growing season.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in December
The average accumulated growing degree days in Fort Dodge are essentially constant during December, remaining within 2°F of 3,096°F throughout.
Growing Degree Days in December
The average daily incident shortwave solar energy in Fort Dodge is essentially constant during December, remaining within 0.1 kWh of 1.8 kWh throughout.
The lowest average daily incident shortwave solar energy during December is 1.7 kWh on December 18.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in December
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Fort Dodge are 42.497 deg latitude, -94.168 deg longitude, and 1,109 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Fort Dodge contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 197 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 1,089 feet. Within 10 miles also contains only modest variations in elevation (266 feet). Within 50 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (640 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Fort Dodge is covered by artificial surfaces (51%) and cropland (43%), within 10 miles by cropland (94%), and within 50 miles by cropland (97%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Fort Dodge 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 Dodge.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Fort Dodge 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 Dodge is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Fort Dodge and a given station.
The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Fort Dodge Municipal Airport (87%, 6.0 kilometers, north); Webster City Municipal Airport (10%, 25 kilometers, east); and Arthur N Neu Airport (2.2%, 72 kilometers, southwest).
Time zones for aiports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .