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Spring Weather in Nashville Tennessee, United States

Daily high temperatures increase by 25°F, from 58°F to 83°F, rarely falling below 41°F or exceeding 90°F.

Daily low temperatures increase by 26°F, from 38°F to 64°F, rarely falling below 25°F or exceeding 71°F.

For reference, on July 20, the hottest day of the year, temperatures in Nashville typically range from 72°F to 90°F, while on January 29, the coldest day of the year, they range from 31°F to 48°F.

Average High and Low Temperature in the Spring in Nashville

Average High and Low Temperature in the Spring in NashvilleMarAprMay20°F20°F30°F30°F40°F40°F50°F50°F60°F60°F70°F70°F80°F80°F90°F90°F100°F100°FWinterSummerMar 158°FMar 158°F38°F38°FMay 3183°FMay 3183°F64°F64°FApr 167°FApr 167°F47°F47°FMay 175°FMay 175°F55°F55°FNowNow
The daily average high (red line) and low (blue line) temperature, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands. The thin dotted lines are the corresponding average perceived temperatures.

The figure below shows you a compact characterization of the hourly average spring temperatures. 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 the Spring in Nashville

Average Hourly Temperature in the Spring in NashvilleMarAprMay12 AM12 AM2 AM2 AM4 AM4 AM6 AM6 AM8 AM8 AM10 AM10 AM12 PM12 PM2 PM2 PM4 PM4 PM6 PM6 PM8 PM8 PM10 PM10 PM12 AM12 AMWinterSummerNowNowvery coldvery coldcoldcoolcomfortablewarmhot
frigid 15°F freezing 32°F very cold 45°F cold 55°F cool 65°F comfortable 75°F warm 85°F hot 95°F sweltering
The average hourly temperature, color coded into bands. The shaded overlays indicate night and civil twilight.

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The spring in Nashville experiences gradually decreasing cloud cover, with the percentage of time that the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy decreasing from 53% to 46%.

The clearest day of the spring is April 29, with clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy conditions 56% of the time.

For reference, on January 3, the cloudiest day of the year, the chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 56%, while on August 22, the clearest day of the year, the chance of clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy skies is 69%.

Cloud Cover Categories in the Spring in Nashville

Cloud Cover Categories in the Spring in NashvilleMarAprMay0%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%WinterSummerMar 147%Mar 147%May 3154%May 3154%Apr 154%Apr 154%May 155%May 155%NowNowclearmostly clearpartly cloudyovercast
0% clear 20% mostly clear 40% partly cloudy 60% mostly cloudy 80% overcast 100%
The percentage of time spent in each cloud cover band, categorized by the percentage of the sky covered by clouds.

A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. In Nashville, the chance of a wet day over the course of the spring is very rapidly increasing, starting the season at 30% and ending it at 39%.

For reference, the year's highest daily chance of a wet day is 41% on June 29, and its lowest chance is 23% on October 11.

Over the course of the spring in Nashville, the chance of a day with only rain increases from 28% to 39%, 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 the Spring in Nashville

Probability of Precipitation in the Spring in NashvilleMarAprMay0%0%5%5%10%10%15%15%20%20%25%25%30%30%35%35%40%40%45%45%WinterSummerMar 928%Mar 928%May 3139%May 3139%Apr 133%Apr 133%May 135%May 135%NowNowrainmixed
The percentage of days in which various types of precipitation are observed, excluding trace quantities: rain alone, snow alone, and mixed (both rain and snow fell in the same day).

Rainfall

To show variation within the season and not just the monthly totals, we show the rainfall accumulated over a sliding 31-day period centered around each day.

The average sliding 31-day rainfall during the spring in Nashville is gradually decreasing, starting the season at 4.1 inches, when it rarely exceeds 7.1 inches or falls below 2.1 inches, and ending the season at 3.8 inches, when it rarely exceeds 6.6 inches or falls below 1.5 inches.

The highest average 31-day accumulation is 4.7 inches on May 1.

Average Monthly Rainfall in the Spring in Nashville

Average Monthly Rainfall in the Spring in NashvilleMarAprMay0 in0 in2 in2 in4 in4 in6 in6 in8 in8 inWinterSummerMay 14.7 inMay 14.7 inMar 14.1 inMar 14.1 inMay 313.8 inMay 313.8 inApr 14.1 inApr 14.1 inNowNow
The average rainfall (solid line) accumulated over the course of a sliding 31-day period centered on the day in question, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands. The thin dotted line is the corresponding average snowfall.

Over the course of the spring in Nashville, the length of the day is very rapidly increasing. From the start to the end of the season, the length of the day increases by 3 hours, 1 minute, implying an average daily increase of 2 minutes, 0 seconds, and weekly increase of 13 minutes, 57 seconds.

The shortest day of the spring is March 1, with 11 hours, 26 minutes of daylight and the longest day is May 31, with 14 hours, 27 minutes of daylight.

Hours of Daylight and Twilight in the Spring in Nashville

Hours of Daylight and Twilight in the Spring in NashvilleMarAprMay0 hr24 hr4 hr20 hr8 hr16 hr12 hr12 hr16 hr8 hr20 hr4 hr24 hr0 hrWinterSummerMar 1912 hr, 7 minMar 1912 hr, 7 minnightnightdaydayMay 3114 hr, 27 minMay 3114 hr, 27 minMay 113 hr, 42 minMay 113 hr, 42 minNowNow
The number of hours during which the Sun is visible (black line). From bottom (most yellow) to top (most gray), the color bands indicate: full daylight, twilight (civil, nautical, and astronomical), and full night.

The latest sunrise of the spring in Nashville is 7:04 AM on March 10 and the earliest sunrise is 1 hour, 33 minutes earlier at 5:31 AM on May 31.

The earliest sunset is 5:42 PM on March 1 and the latest sunset is 2 hours, 16 minutes later at 7:58 PM on May 31.

Daylight saving time (DST) ends at 3:00 AM on March 10, 2024, shifting sunrise and sunset to be an hour earlier.

For reference, on June 20, the longest day of the year, the Sun rises at 5:30 AM and sets 14 hours, 37 minutes later, at 8:07 PM, while on December 21, the shortest day of the year, it rises at 6:54 AM and sets 9 hours, 42 minutes later, at 4:36 PM.

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time in the Spring in Nashville

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time in the Spring in NashvilleMarAprMay12 AM2 AM4 AM6 AM8 AM10 AM12 PM2 PM4 PM6 PM8 PM10 PM12 AMWinterSummer5:31 AM5:31 AMMay 317:58 PMMay 317:58 PM6:16 AM6:16 AMMar 15:42 PMMar 15:42 PM6:32 AM6:32 AMApr 17:09 PMApr 17:09 PM5:53 AM5:53 AMMay 17:35 PMMay 17:35 PMMar 10DSTMar 10DSTSolarMidnightSolarMidnightSolarNoonSunriseSunsetNowNow
The solar day in the spring. From bottom to top, the black lines are the previous solar midnight, sunrise, solar noon, sunset, and the next solar midnight. The day, twilights (civil, nautical, and astronomical), and night are indicated by the color bands from yellow to gray. The transitions to and from daylight saving time are indicated by the 'DST' labels.

The figure below presents a compact representation of the sun's elevation (the angle of the sun above the horizon) and azimuth (its compass bearing) for every hour of every day in the reporting period. The horizontal axis is the day of the year and the vertical axis is the hour of the day. For a given day and hour of that day, the background color indicates the azimuth of the sun at that moment. The black isolines are contours of constant solar elevation.

Solar Elevation and Azimuth in the Spring in Nashville

Solar Elevation and Azimuth in the Spring in NashvilleMarAprMay12 AM12 AM2 AM2 AM4 AM4 AM6 AM6 AM8 AM8 AM10 AM10 AM12 PM12 PM2 PM2 PM4 PM4 PM6 PM6 PM8 PM8 PM10 PM10 PM12 AM12 AMWinterSummer00102030304050600101020304040506070NowNow
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Solar elevation and azimuth in the the spring of 2024. The black lines are lines of constant solar elevation (the angle of the sun above the horizon, in degrees). The background color fills indicate the azimuth (the compass bearing) of the sun. The lightly tinted areas at the boundaries of the cardinal compass points indicate the implied intermediate directions (northeast, southeast, southwest, and northwest).

The figure below presents a compact representation of key lunar data for the spring of 2024. The horizontal axis is the day, the vertical axis is the hour of the day, and the colored areas indicate when the moon is above the horizon. The vertical gray bars (new Moons) and blue bars (full Moons) indicate key Moon phases. The label associated with each bar indicates the date and time that the phase is obtained, and the companion time labels indicate the rise and set times of the Moon for the nearest time interval in which the moon is above the horizon.

Moon Rise, Set & Phases in the Spring in Nashville

Moon Rise, Set & Phases in the Spring in NashvilleMarAprMay12 AM12 AM4 AM4 AM8 AM8 AM12 PM12 PM4 PM4 PM8 PM8 PM12 AM12 AMWinterSummerFeb 95:00 PMFeb 95:00 PMFeb 246:31 AMFeb 246:31 AMMar 104:01 AMMar 104:01 AMMar 252:01 AMMar 252:01 AMApr 81:22 PMApr 81:22 PMApr 236:50 PMApr 236:50 PMMay 710:23 PMMay 710:23 PMMay 238:54 AMMay 238:54 AMJun 67:38 AMJun 67:38 AMJun 218:09 PMJun 218:09 PM6:47 AM6:47 AM5:10 PM5:10 PM4:55 PM4:55 PM6:43 AM6:43 AM7:22 AM7:22 AM7:29 PM7:29 PM6:41 PM6:41 PM6:55 AM6:55 AM6:16 AM6:16 AM7:29 PM7:29 PM7:28 PM7:28 PM6:11 AM6:11 AM7:33 PM7:33 PM7:23 PM7:23 PM5:17 AM5:17 AM5:10 AM5:10 AM8:47 PM8:47 PM8:22 PM8:22 PM5:39 AM5:39 AM
The time in which the moon is above the horizon (light blue area), with new moons (dark gray lines) and full moons (blue lines) indicated. The shaded overlays indicate night and civil twilight.

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 Nashville is very rapidly increasing during the spring, rising from 0% to 39% over the course of the season.

For reference, on July 22, the muggiest day of the year, there are muggy conditions 79% of the time, while on January 20, the least muggy day of the year, there are muggy conditions 0% of the time.

Humidity Comfort Levels in the Spring in Nashville

Humidity Comfort Levels in the Spring in NashvilleMarAprMay0%0%10%10%20%20%30%30%40%40%50%50%60%60%70%70%80%80%90%90%100%100%WinterSummerMar 10%Mar 10%May 3139%May 3139%Apr 10%Apr 10%May 16%May 16%NowNowoppressiveoppressivemuggymuggyhumidhumiddrydrycomfortablecomfortable
dry 55°F comfortable 60°F humid 65°F muggy 70°F oppressive 75°F miserable
The percentage of time spent at various humidity comfort levels, categorized by dew point.

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 Nashville is rapidly decreasing during the spring, decreasing from 8.8 miles per hour to 6.1 miles per hour over the course of the season.

For reference, on February 25, the windiest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 8.9 miles per hour, while on July 27, the calmest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 4.9 miles per hour.

Average Wind Speed in the Spring in Nashville

Average Wind Speed in the Spring in NashvilleMarAprMay0 mph0 mph2 mph2 mph4 mph4 mph6 mph6 mph8 mph8 mph10 mph10 mph12 mph12 mph14 mph14 mphWinterSummerMar 18.8 mphMar 18.8 mphMay 316.1 mphMay 316.1 mphApr 18.7 mphApr 18.7 mphMay 17.6 mphMay 17.6 mphNowNow
The average of mean hourly wind speeds (dark gray line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

The hourly average wind direction in Nashville throughout the spring is predominantly from the south, with a peak proportion of 46% on May 14.

Wind Direction in the Spring in Nashville

Wind Direction in the Spring in NashvilleMarAprMay0%100%20%80%40%60%60%40%80%20%100%0%WinterSummerNowNowwestsouthnortheast
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The percentage of hours in which the mean wind direction is from each of the four cardinal wind directions, excluding hours in which the mean wind speed is less than 1.0 mph. The lightly tinted areas at the boundaries are the percentage of hours spent in the implied intermediate directions (northeast, southeast, southwest, and northwest).

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 Nashville typically lasts for 7.2 months (220 days), from around March 29 to around November 4, rarely starting before March 7 or after April 18, and rarely ending before October 17 or after November 23.

During the spring in Nashville, the chance that a given day is within the growing season is very rapidly increasing rising from 6% to 100% over the course of the season.

Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in the Spring in Nashville

Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in the Spring in Nashvillegrowing seasonMarAprMay0%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%WinterSummerMar 16%Mar 16%100%May 31100%May 3156%Apr 156%Apr 199%May 199%May 1NowNowfreezingvery coldcoldcoolcomfortablewarmhot
frigid 15°F freezing 32°F very cold 45°F cold 55°F cool 65°F comfortable 75°F warm 85°F hot 95°F sweltering
The percentage of time spent in various temperature bands. The black line is the percentage chance that a given day is within the growing season.

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 Nashville are very rapidly increasing during the spring, increasing by 1,106°F, from 115°F to 1,221°F, over the course of the season.

Growing Degree Days in the Spring in Nashville

Growing Degree Days in the Spring in NashvilleMarAprMay200°F200°F400°F400°F600°F600°F800°F800°F1,000°F1,000°F1,200°F1,200°FWinterSummerMar 1115°FMar 1115°FMay 311,221°FMay 311,221°FApr 1301°FApr 1301°FMay 1655°FMay 1655°FNowNow
The average growing degree days accumulated over the course of the spring, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

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 Nashville is very rapidly increasing during the spring, rising by 2.6 kWh, from 3.9 kWh to 6.5 kWh, over the course of the season.

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in the Spring in Nashville

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in the Spring in NashvilleMarAprMay0 kWh0 kWh1 kWh1 kWh2 kWh2 kWh3 kWh3 kWh4 kWh4 kWh5 kWh5 kWh6 kWh6 kWh7 kWh7 kWh8 kWh8 kWh9 kWh9 kWhWinterSummerMar 13.9 kWhMar 13.9 kWhMay 316.5 kWhMay 316.5 kWhApr 15.2 kWhApr 15.2 kWhMay 16.1 kWhMay 16.1 kWhNowNow
The average daily shortwave solar energy reaching the ground per square meter (orange line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Nashville are 36.166 deg latitude, -86.784 deg longitude, and 551 ft elevation.

The topography within 2 miles of Nashville contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 269 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 461 feet. Within 10 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (768 feet). Within 50 miles contains significant variations in elevation (1,745 feet).

The area within 2 miles of Nashville is covered by artificial surfaces (100%), within 10 miles by artificial surfaces (57%) and trees (30%), and within 50 miles by cropland (49%) and trees (43%).

This report illustrates the typical weather in Nashville, 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 Nashville.

For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Nashville 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 Nashville is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Nashville and a given station.

The stations contributing to this reconstruction are:

To get a sense of how much these sources agree with each other, you can view a comparison of Nashville and the stations that contribute to our estimates of its temperature history and climate. Please note that each source's contribution is adjusted for elevation and the relative change present in the MERRA-2 data.

Other Data

All data relating to the Sun's position (e.g., sunrise and sunset) are computed using astronomical formulas from the book, Astronomical Algorithms 2nd Edition , 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 airports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .

Maps are © OpenStreetMap contributors.

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