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Spring Weather in Indianapolis Indiana, United States

Daily high temperatures increase by 32°F, from 46°F to 78°F, rarely falling below 31°F or exceeding 87°F.

Daily low temperatures increase by 30°F, from 30°F to 60°F, rarely falling below 16°F or exceeding 69°F.

For reference, on July 18, the hottest day of the year, temperatures in Indianapolis typically range from 68°F to 85°F, while on January 29, the coldest day of the year, they range from 22°F to 36°F.

Average High and Low Temperature in the Spring in Indianapolis

Average High and Low Temperature in the Spring in IndianapolisMarAprMay0°F0°F10°F10°F20°F20°F30°F30°F40°F40°F50°F50°F60°F60°F70°F70°F80°F80°F90°F90°FWinterSummerMar 146°FMar 146°F30°F30°FMay 3178°FMay 3178°F60°F60°FApr 159°FApr 159°F40°F40°FMay 169°FMay 169°F50°F50°F
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 Indianapolis

Average Hourly Temperature in the Spring in IndianapolisMarAprMay12 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 AMWinterSummerfreezingfreezingvery coldcoldcoolcomfortablewarm
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.

Groznyy, Russia (5,965 miles away) and Chuncheon, South Korea (6,666 miles) are the far-away foreign places with temperatures most similar to Indianapolis (view comparison).

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The spring in Indianapolis experiences gradually decreasing cloud cover, with the percentage of time that the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy decreasing from 56% to 49%.

The clearest day of the spring is May 31, with clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy conditions 51% of the time.

For reference, on December 27, the cloudiest day of the year, the chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 59%, while on August 22, the clearest day of the year, the chance of clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy skies is 70%.

Cloud Cover Categories in the Spring in Indianapolis

Cloud Cover Categories in the Spring in IndianapolisMarAprMay0%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%WinterSummerMar 144%Mar 144%May 3151%May 3151%Apr 149%Apr 149%May 150%May 150%clearmostly 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 Indianapolis, the chance of a wet day over the course of the spring is very rapidly increasing, starting the season at 25% and ending it at 41%.

For reference, the year's highest daily chance of a wet day is 42% on June 25, and its lowest chance is 20% on January 29.

Over the course of the spring in Indianapolis, the chance of a day with only rain increases from 19% to 41%, the chance of a day with mixed snow and rain decreases from 3% to 0%, and the chance of a day with only snow decreases from 3% to 0%.

Probability of Precipitation in the Spring in Indianapolis

Probability of Precipitation in the Spring in IndianapolisMarAprMay0%0%5%5%10%10%15%15%20%20%25%25%30%30%35%35%40%40%45%45%WinterSummerMar 125%Mar 125%May 3141%May 3141%Apr 134%Apr 134%May 137%May 137%snowrainmixed
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 Indianapolis is rapidly increasing, starting the season at 2.2 inches, when it rarely exceeds 4.1 inches or falls below 0.8 inches, and ending the season at 4.1 inches, when it rarely exceeds 7.1 inches or falls below 1.8 inches.

The highest average 31-day accumulation is 4.2 inches on May 24.

Average Monthly Rainfall in the Spring in Indianapolis

Average Monthly Rainfall in the Spring in IndianapolisMarAprMay0 in0 in1 in1 in2 in2 in3 in3 in4 in4 in5 in5 in6 in6 in7 in7 in8 in8 inWinterSummerMay 244.2 inMay 244.2 inMar 12.2 inMar 12.2 inApr 13.4 inApr 13.4 inMay 14.1 inMay 14.1 in
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.

Snowfall

As with rainfall, we consider the snowfall accumulated over a sliding 31-day period centered around each day.

The average sliding 31-day snowfall during the spring in Indianapolis is decreasing, starting the season at 2.5 inches, when it rarely exceeds 7.0 inches or falls below -0.0 inches, and ending the season at -0.0 inches, when it rarely exceeds -0.0 inches or falls below -0.0 inches.

Average Monthly Snowfall in the Spring in Indianapolis

Average Monthly Snowfall in the Spring in IndianapolisMarAprMay0 in0 in2 in2 in4 in4 in6 in6 in8 in8 in10 in10 in12 in12 inWinterSummerMar 12.5 inMar 12.5 inMay 31-0.0 inMay 31-0.0 inApr 10.5 inApr 10.5 inMay 10.0 inMay 10.0 in
The average snowfall (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 rainfall.

Over the course of the spring in Indianapolis, 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, 27 minutes, implying an average daily increase of 2 minutes, 17 seconds, and weekly increase of 15 minutes, 57 seconds.

The shortest day of the spring is March 1, with 11 hours, 20 minutes of daylight and the longest day is May 31, with 14 hours, 48 minutes of daylight.

Hours of Daylight and Twilight in the Spring in Indianapolis

Hours of Daylight and Twilight in the Spring in IndianapolisMarAprMay0 hr24 hr4 hr20 hr8 hr16 hr12 hr12 hr16 hr8 hr20 hr4 hr24 hr0 hrWinterSummerMar 1912 hr, 8 minMar 1912 hr, 8 minnightnightdaydayMay 3114 hr, 48 minMay 3114 hr, 48 minMay 113 hr, 55 minMay 113 hr, 55 min
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 Indianapolis is 8:03 AM on March 10 and the earliest sunrise is 1 hour, 44 minutes earlier at 6:18 AM on May 31.

The earliest sunset is 6:37 PM on March 1 and the latest sunset is 2 hours, 29 minutes later at 9:06 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 6:16 AM and sets 14 hours, 59 minutes later, at 9:16 PM, while on December 21, the shortest day of the year, it rises at 8:02 AM and sets 9 hours, 21 minutes later, at 5:23 PM.

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

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time in the Spring in IndianapolisMarAprMay2 AM4 AM6 AM8 AM10 AM12 PM2 PM4 PM6 PM8 PM10 PM12 AMWinterSummer6:18 AM6:18 AMMay 319:06 PMMay 319:06 PM7:16 AM7:16 AMMar 16:37 PMMar 16:37 PM7:27 AM7:27 AMApr 18:09 PMApr 18:09 PM6:44 AM6:44 AMMay 18:39 PMMay 18:39 PMMar 10DSTMar 10DSTSolarMidnightSolarMidnightSolarNoonSunriseSunset
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 Indianapolis

Solar Elevation and Azimuth in the Spring in IndianapolisMarAprMay12 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 AMWinterSummer0010203030405060010102030405060
northeastsouthwest
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 Indianapolis

Moon Rise, Set & Phases in the Spring in IndianapolisMarAprMay12 AM12 AM4 AM4 AM8 AM8 AM12 PM12 PM4 PM4 PM8 PM8 PM12 AM12 AMWinterSummerFeb 96:00 PMFeb 96:00 PMFeb 247:31 AMFeb 247:31 AMMar 105:01 AMMar 105:01 AMMar 253:01 AMMar 253:01 AMApr 82:22 PMApr 82:22 PMApr 237:50 PMApr 237:50 PMMay 711:23 PMMay 711:23 PMMay 239:54 AMMay 239:54 AMJun 68:38 AMJun 68:38 AMJun 219:09 PMJun 219:09 PM7:54 AM7:54 AM5:59 PM5:59 PM5:46 PM5:46 PM7:46 AM7:46 AM8:21 AM8:21 AM8:26 PM8:26 PM7:38 PM7:38 PM7:52 AM7:52 AM7:11 AM7:11 AM8:31 PM8:31 PM8:32 PM8:32 PM7:01 AM7:01 AM8:39 PM8:39 PM8:31 PM8:31 PM6:03 AM6:03 AM5:54 AM5:54 AM9:58 PM9:58 PM9:34 PM9:34 PM6:22 AM6:22 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 Indianapolis is rapidly increasing during the spring, rising from 0% to 20% over the course of the season.

For reference, on July 21, the muggiest day of the year, there are muggy conditions 56% of the time, while on December 12, the least muggy day of the year, there are muggy conditions 0% of the time.

Humidity Comfort Levels in the Spring in Indianapolis

Humidity Comfort Levels in the Spring in IndianapolisMarAprMay0%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 3120%May 3120%Apr 10%Apr 10%May 12%May 12%muggymuggyhumidhumiddrydryoppressiveoppressivecomfortablecomfortable
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 Indianapolis is rapidly decreasing during the spring, decreasing from 11.3 miles per hour to 8.4 miles per hour over the course of the season.

For reference, on March 31, the windiest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 11.4 miles per hour, while on July 30, the calmest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 6.5 miles per hour.

The highest daily average wind speed during the spring is 11.4 miles per hour on April 1.

Average Wind Speed in the Spring in Indianapolis

Average Wind Speed in the Spring in IndianapolisMarAprMay0 mph0 mph5 mph5 mph10 mph10 mph15 mph15 mphWinterSummerApr 111.4 mphApr 111.4 mphMar 111.3 mphMar 111.3 mphMay 318.4 mphMay 318.4 mphMay 110.0 mphMay 110.0 mph
The average of mean hourly wind speeds (dark gray line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

The wind direction in Indianapolis during the spring is predominantly out of the west from March 1 to March 31 and the south from March 31 to May 31.

Wind Direction in the Spring in Indianapolis

Wind Direction in the Spring in IndianapolisWSMarAprMay0%100%20%80%40%60%60%40%80%20%100%0%WinterSummerwestsoutheastnorth
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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 Indianapolis typically lasts for 6.5 months (200 days), from around April 7 to around October 25, rarely starting before March 22 or after April 24, and rarely ending before October 3 or after November 14.

During the spring in Indianapolis, the chance that a given day is within the growing season is very rapidly increasing rising from 0% to 100% over the course of the season.

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

Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in the Spring in Indianapolisgrowing seasonMarAprMay0%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%WinterSummerMar 10%Mar 10%100%May 31100%May 31Apr 131%Apr 131%97%May 197%May 1May 20100%May 20100%frigidfreezingvery 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 Indianapolis are rapidly increasing during the spring, increasing by 718°F, from 25°F to 742°F, over the course of the season.

Growing Degree Days in the Spring in Indianapolis

Growing Degree Days in the Spring in IndianapolisMarAprMay100°F100°F200°F200°F300°F300°F400°F400°F500°F500°F600°F600°F700°F700°F800°F800°FWinterSummerMar 125°FMar 125°FMay 31742°FMay 31742°FApr 1104°FApr 1104°FMay 1317°FMay 1317°F
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 Indianapolis is very rapidly increasing during the spring, rising by 2.8 kWh, from 3.6 kWh to 6.5 kWh, over the course of the season.

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in the Spring in Indianapolis

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in the Spring in IndianapolisMarAprMay0 kWh0 kWh1 kWh1 kWh2 kWh2 kWh3 kWh3 kWh4 kWh4 kWh5 kWh5 kWh6 kWh6 kWh7 kWh7 kWh8 kWh8 kWh9 kWh9 kWhWinterSummerMar 13.6 kWhMar 13.6 kWhMay 316.5 kWhMay 316.5 kWhApr 14.9 kWhApr 14.9 kWhMay 15.9 kWhMay 15.9 kWh
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 Indianapolis are 39.768 deg latitude, -86.158 deg longitude, and 712 ft elevation.

The topography within 2 miles of Indianapolis is essentially flat, with a maximum elevation change of 89 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 711 feet. Within 10 miles is essentially flat (564 feet). Within 50 miles contains significant variations in elevation (840 feet).

The area within 2 miles of Indianapolis is covered by artificial surfaces (100%), within 10 miles by artificial surfaces (87%), and within 50 miles by cropland (74%) and trees (17%).

This report illustrates the typical weather in Indianapolis, 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 Indianapolis.

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