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Winter Weather in Ocean Shores Washington, United States

Daily high temperatures are around 49°F, rarely falling below 40°F or exceeding 57°F. The lowest daily average high temperature is 47°F on December 23.

Daily low temperatures are around 41°F, rarely falling below 32°F or exceeding 48°F. The lowest daily average low temperature is 40°F on December 23.

For reference, on August 19, the hottest day of the year, temperatures in Ocean Shores typically range from 55°F to 65°F, while on December 23, the coldest day of the year, they range from 40°F to 47°F.

Average High and Low Temperature in the Winter in Ocean Shores

Average High and Low Temperature in the Winter in Ocean ShoresDecJanFeb30°F30°F35°F35°F40°F40°F45°F45°F50°F50°F55°F55°F60°F60°FFallSpringDec 2247°FDec 2247°F40°F40°FDec 149°FDec 149°F41°F41°FFeb 2851°FFeb 2851°F41°F41°FFeb 149°FFeb 149°F41°F41°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 winter 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 Winter in Ocean Shores

Average Hourly Temperature in the Winter in Ocean ShoresDecJanFeb12 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 AMFallSpringvery coldvery coldcoldcold
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.

Listowel, Ireland (4,569 miles away) is the far-away foreign place with temperatures most similar to Ocean Shores (view comparison).

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The winter in Ocean Shores experiences essentially constant cloud cover, with the percentage of time that the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy remaining about 72% throughout the season. The highest chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 75% on January 17.

The clearest day of the winter is February 21, with clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy conditions 31% of the time.

For reference, on January 15, the cloudiest day of the year, the chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 75%, while on August 3, the clearest day of the year, the chance of clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy skies is 76%.

Cloud Cover Categories in the Winter in Ocean Shores

Cloud Cover Categories in the Winter in Ocean ShoresDecJanFeb0%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%FallSpringAug 376%Aug 376%Dec 129%Dec 129%Feb 2830%Feb 2830%Jan 126%Jan 126%Feb 128%Feb 128%clearmostly clearpartly cloudymostly 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 Ocean Shores, the chance of a wet day over the course of the winter is very rapidly decreasing, starting the season at 62% and ending it at 53%.

For reference, the year's highest daily chance of a wet day is 64% on November 18, and its lowest chance is 6% on August 1.

Over the course of the winter in Ocean Shores, the chance of a day with only rain decreases from 62% to 53%, 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 Winter in Ocean Shores

Probability of Precipitation in the Winter in Ocean ShoresDecJanFeb0%0%10%10%20%20%30%30%40%40%50%50%60%60%70%70%FallSpringDec 162%Dec 162%Feb 2853%Feb 2853%Jan 157%Jan 157%Feb 152%Feb 152%rainmixed
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 winter in Ocean Shores is very rapidly decreasing, starting the season at 11.7 inches, when it rarely exceeds 17.8 inches or falls below 4.7 inches, and ending the season at 8.0 inches, when it rarely exceeds 13.3 inches or falls below 3.3 inches.

Average Monthly Rainfall in the Winter in Ocean Shores

Average Monthly Rainfall in the Winter in Ocean ShoresDecJanFeb0 in0 in5 in5 in10 in10 in15 in15 in20 in20 inFallSpringDec 111.7 inDec 111.7 inFeb 288.0 inFeb 288.0 inJan 110.1 inJan 110.1 inFeb 19.0 inFeb 19.0 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.

Over the course of the winter in Ocean Shores, 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 2 hours, 16 minutes, implying an average daily increase of 1 minute, 31 seconds, and weekly increase of 10 minutes, 40 seconds.

The shortest day of the winter is December 21, with 8 hours, 31 minutes of daylight and the longest day is February 28, with 11 hours, 3 minutes of daylight.

Hours of Daylight and Twilight in the Winter in Ocean Shores

Hours of Daylight and Twilight in the Winter in Ocean ShoresDecJanFeb0 hr24 hr4 hr20 hr8 hr16 hr12 hr12 hr16 hr8 hr20 hr4 hr24 hr0 hrFallSpringDec 218 hr, 31 minDec 218 hr, 31 minnightnightdaydayFeb 2811 hr, 3 minFeb 2811 hr, 3 minFeb 19 hr, 39 minFeb 19 hr, 39 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 winter in Ocean Shores is 8:02 AM on January 1 and the earliest sunrise is 1 hour, 4 minutes earlier at 6:57 AM on February 28.

The earliest sunset is 4:27 PM on December 10 and the latest sunset is 1 hour, 33 minutes later at 6:00 PM on February 28.

Daylight saving time is observed in Ocean Shores during 2021, but it neither starts nor ends during the winter, so the entire season is in standard time.

For reference, on June 21, the longest day of the year, the Sun rises at 5:21 AM and sets 15 hours, 54 minutes later, at 9:15 PM, while on December 21, the shortest day of the year, it rises at 7:59 AM and sets 8 hours, 31 minutes later, at 4:30 PM.

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time in the Winter in Ocean Shores

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time in the Winter in Ocean ShoresDecJanFeb2 AM4 AM6 AM8 AM10 AM12 PM2 PM4 PM6 PM8 PM10 PM12 AMFallSpring6:57 AM6:57 AMFeb 286:00 PMFeb 286:00 PM7:51 AM7:51 AMDec 104:27 PMDec 104:27 PM8:02 AM8:02 AMJan 14:38 PMJan 14:38 PM7:41 AM7:41 AMFeb 15:19 PMFeb 15:19 PMSolarMidnightSolarMidnightSolarNoonSunriseSunset
The solar day in the winter. 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 figure below presents a compact representation of key lunar data for the winter of 2021. 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 Winter in Ocean Shores

Moon Rise, Set & Phases in the Winter in Ocean ShoresDecJanFeb12 AM12 AM4 AM4 AM8 AM8 AM12 PM12 PM4 PM4 PM8 PM8 PM12 AM12 AMFallSpringNov 42:15 PMNov 42:15 PMNov 1912:58 AMNov 1912:58 AMDec 311:44 PMDec 311:44 PMDec 188:36 PMDec 188:36 PMJan 210:34 AMJan 210:34 AMJan 173:49 PMJan 173:49 PMJan 319:47 PMJan 319:47 PMFeb 168:57 AMFeb 168:57 AMMar 29:35 AMMar 29:35 AMMar 1812:18 AMMar 1812:18 AMMar 3111:25 PMMar 3111:25 PM6:04 PM6:04 PM4:03 PM4:03 PM4:01 PM4:01 PM8:24 AM8:24 AM4:31 PM4:31 PM4:33 PM4:33 PM4:38 PM4:38 PM4:35 PM4:35 PM7:52 AM7:52 AM7:24 AM7:24 AM6:12 PM6:12 PM6:55 PM6:55 PM7:58 AM7:58 AM7:20 PM7:20 PM
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 Ocean Shores is essentially constant during the winter, remaining around 0% throughout.

For reference, on July 27, the muggiest day of the year, there are muggy conditions 0% 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 the Winter in Ocean Shores

Humidity Comfort Levels in the Winter in Ocean ShoresDecJanFeb0%0%10%10%20%20%30%30%40%40%50%50%60%60%70%70%80%80%90%90%100%100%FallSpringJan 150%Jan 150%Dec 10%Dec 10%Feb 280%Feb 280%Jan 10%Jan 10%Feb 10%Feb 10%drydrycomfortablecomfortable
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 Ocean Shores is decreasing during the winter, decreasing from 10.7 miles per hour to 9.6 miles per hour over the course of the season.

For reference, on December 4, the windiest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 10.8 miles per hour, while on August 18, the calmest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 6.3 miles per hour.

The highest daily average wind speed during the winter is 10.8 miles per hour on December 4.

Average Wind Speed in the Winter in Ocean Shores

Average Wind Speed in the Winter in Ocean ShoresDecJanFeb0 mph0 mph2 mph2 mph4 mph4 mph6 mph6 mph8 mph8 mph10 mph10 mph12 mph12 mph14 mph14 mph16 mph16 mphFallSpringDec 410.8 mphDec 410.8 mphFeb 289.6 mphFeb 289.6 mphJan 110.5 mphJan 110.5 mphFeb 19.9 mphFeb 19.9 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 Ocean Shores during the winter is predominantly out of the south from December 1 to January 24 and from January 30 to February 28 and the east from January 24 to January 30.

Wind Direction in the Winter in Ocean Shores

Wind Direction in the Winter in Ocean ShoresSESDecJanFeb0%100%20%80%40%60%60%40%80%20%100%0%FallSpringwestsoutheastnorth
northeastsouthwest
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).

Ocean Shores is located near a large body of water (e.g., ocean, sea, or large lake). This section reports on the wide-area average surface temperature of that water.

The average surface water temperature in Ocean Shores is gradually decreasing during the winter, falling by 2°F, from 51°F to 48°F, over the course of the season.

The lowest average surface water temperature during the winter is 48°F on February 9.

Average Water Temperature in the Winter in Ocean Shores

Average Water Temperature in the Winter in Ocean ShoresDecJanFeb44°F44°F46°F46°F48°F48°F50°F50°F52°F52°F54°F54°F56°F56°FFallSpringFeb 948°FFeb 948°FDec 151°FDec 151°FFeb 2848°FFeb 2848°FJan 148°FJan 148°F
The daily average water temperature (purple line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

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 Ocean Shores typically lasts for 10 months (309 days), from around February 9 to around December 15, rarely starting after March 8, or ending before November 14.

The smallest chance that a given day will be within the growing season in Ocean Shores during the winter is 23% on January 9.

Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in the Winter in Ocean Shores

Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in the Winter in Ocean ShoresDecJanFeb0%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%FallSpring71%Dec 171%Dec 178%Feb 2878%Feb 28Jan 125%Jan 125%Feb 140%Feb 140%90%Nov 1490%Nov 1423%Jan 923%Jan 9very coldcoldcoolfreezing
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 Ocean Shores are very rapidly decreasing during the winter, decreasing by 1,329°F, from 1,346°F to 17°F, over the course of the season.

Growing Degree Days in the Winter in Ocean Shores

Growing Degree Days in the Winter in Ocean ShoresDecJanFeb0°F0°F200°F200°F400°F400°F600°F600°F800°F800°F1,000°F1,000°F1,200°F1,200°F1,400°F1,400°F1,600°F1,600°FFallSpringDec 11,346°FDec 11,346°FFeb 2717°FFeb 2717°FJan 10°FJan 10°F
The average growing degree days accumulated over the course of the winter, 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 Ocean Shores is increasing during the winter, rising by 1.2 kWh, from 1.0 kWh to 2.2 kWh, over the course of the season.

The lowest average daily incident shortwave solar energy during the winter is 0.9 kWh on December 26.

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in the Winter in Ocean Shores

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in the Winter in Ocean ShoresDecJanFeb0.0 kWh0.0 kWh0.5 kWh0.5 kWh1.0 kWh1.0 kWh1.5 kWh1.5 kWh2.0 kWh2.0 kWh2.5 kWh2.5 kWh3.0 kWh3.0 kWh3.5 kWh3.5 kWh4.0 kWh4.0 kWh4.5 kWh4.5 kWh5.0 kWh5.0 kWh5.5 kWh5.5 kWhFallSpringDec 260.9 kWhDec 260.9 kWhDec 11.0 kWhDec 11.0 kWhFeb 282.2 kWhFeb 282.2 kWhFeb 11.4 kWhFeb 11.4 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 Ocean Shores are 46.974 deg latitude, -124.156 deg longitude, and 23 ft elevation.

The topography within 2 miles of Ocean Shores is essentially flat, with a maximum elevation change of 26 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 10 feet. Within 10 miles is essentially flat (381 feet). Within 50 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (4,964 feet).

The area within 2 miles of Ocean Shores is covered by herbaceous vegetation (51%) and water (37%), within 10 miles by water (73%) and herbaceous vegetation (13%), and within 50 miles by water (52%) and trees (37%).

This report illustrates the typical weather in Ocean Shores, 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 2 weather stations near enough to contribute to our estimation of the temperature and dew point in Ocean Shores.

For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Ocean Shores 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 Ocean Shores is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Ocean Shores 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 Ocean Shores 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 © Esri, with data from National Geographic, Esri, DeLorme, NAVTEQ, UNEP-WCMC, USGS, NASA, ESA, METI, NRCAN, GEBCO, NOAA, and iPC.

Disclaimer

The information on this site is provided as is, without any assurances as to its accuracy or suitability for any purpose. Weather data is prone to errors, outages, and other defects. We assume no responsibility for any decisions made on the basis of the content presented on this site.

We draw particular cautious attention to our reliance on the MERRA-2 model-based reconstructions for a number of important data series. While having the tremendous advantages of temporal and spatial completeness, these reconstructions: (1) are based on computer models that may have model-based errors, (2) are coarsely sampled on a 50 km grid and are therefore unable to reconstruct the local variations of many microclimates, and (3) have particular difficulty with the weather in some coastal areas, especially small islands.

We further caution that our travel scores are only as good as the data that underpin them, that weather conditions at any given location and time are unpredictable and variable, and that the definition of the scores reflects a particular set of preferences that may not agree with those of any particular reader.