Fall Weather in Mead Colorado, United States
Daily high temperatures decrease by 36°F, from 84°F to 48°F, rarely falling below 31°F or exceeding 92°F.
Daily low temperatures decrease by 31°F, from 54°F to 23°F, rarely falling below 11°F or exceeding 60°F.
For reference, on July 13, the hottest day of the year, temperatures in Mead typically range from 59°F to 89°F, while on December 30, the coldest day of the year, they range from 18°F to 42°F.
Average High and Low Temperature in the Fall in Mead
The figure below shows you a compact characterization of the hourly average fall 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 Fall in Mead
The fall in Mead experiences increasing cloud cover, with the percentage of time that the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy increasing from 30% to 41%. The lowest chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 26% on September 13.
The clearest day of the fall is September 13, with clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy conditions 74% of the time.
For reference, on May 5, the cloudiest day of the year, the chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 47%, while on July 2, the clearest day of the year, the chance of clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy skies is 74%.
Cloud Cover Categories in the Fall in Mead
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 Mead, the chance of a wet day over the course of the fall is very rapidly decreasing, starting the season at 18% and ending it at 10%.
For reference, the year's highest daily chance of a wet day is 29% on May 23, and its lowest chance is 7% on January 28.
Over the course of the fall in Mead, the chance of a day with only rain decreases from 18% to 2%, the chance of a day with mixed snow and rain increases from 0% to 3%, and the chance of a day with only snow increases from 0% to 5%.
Probability of Precipitation in the Fall in Mead
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 fall in Mead is decreasing, starting the season at 1.0 inches, when it rarely exceeds 1.8 inches or falls below 0.2 inches, and ending the season at 0.2 inches, when it rarely exceeds 0.4 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall in the Fall in Mead
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 the fall in Mead is gradually increasing, starting the season at 0.0 inches, when it rarely exceeds 0.0 inches or falls below -0.0 inches, and ending the season at 0.3 inches, when it rarely exceeds 0.6 inches.
Average Monthly Liquid-Equivalent Snowfall in the Fall in Mead
Over the course of the fall in Mead, the length of the day is very rapidly decreasing. From the start to the end of the season, the length of the day decreases by 3 hours, 31 minutes, implying an average daily decrease of 2 minutes, 21 seconds, and weekly decrease of 16 minutes, 25 seconds.
The shortest day of the fall is November 30, with 9 hours, 32 minutes of daylight and the longest day is September 1, with 13 hours, 3 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight in the Fall in Mead
The earliest sunrise of the fall in Mead is 6:27 AM on September 1 and the latest sunrise is 1 hour, 8 minutes later at 7:35 AM on November 6.
The latest sunset is 7:31 PM on September 1 and the earliest sunset is 2 hours, 56 minutes earlier at 4:34 PM on November 30.
Daylight saving time (DST) ends at 1:00 AM on November 7, 2021, shifting sunrise and sunset to be an hour earlier.
For reference, on June 21, the longest day of the year, the Sun rises at 5:30 AM and sets 15 hours, 3 minutes later, at 8:33 PM, while on December 21, the shortest day of the year, it rises at 7:19 AM and sets 9 hours, 18 minutes later, at 4:37 PM.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time in the Fall in Mead
The figure below presents a compact representation of key lunar data for the fall 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 Fall in Mead
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 Mead is essentially constant during the fall, remaining around 0% throughout.
For reference, on July 30, 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 Fall in Mead
dry 55°F comfortable 60°F humid 65°F muggy 70°F oppressive 75°F miserable
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 Mead is rapidly increasing during the fall, increasing from 6.9 miles per hour to 9.0 miles per hour over the course of the season.
For reference, on January 18, the windiest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 10.4 miles per hour, while on August 19, the calmest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 6.8 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed in the Fall in Mead
The hourly average wind direction in Mead throughout the fall is predominantly from the west, with a peak proportion of 60% on November 30.
Wind Direction in the Fall in Mead
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 Mead typically lasts for 5.2 months (159 days), from around May 2 to around October 8, rarely starting before April 12 or after May 19, and rarely ending before September 18 or after October 27.
During the fall in Mead, the chance that a given day is within the growing season is very rapidly decreasing falling from 99% to 0% over the course of the season.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in the Fall in Mead
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 Mead are rapidly increasing during the fall, increasing by 607°F, from 2,405°F to 3,011°F, over the course of the season.
Growing Degree Days in the Fall in Mead
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 Mead is very rapidly decreasing during the fall, falling by 3.5 kWh, from 6.1 kWh to 2.6 kWh, over the course of the season.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in the Fall in Mead
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Mead are 40.233 deg latitude, -104.999 deg longitude, and 5,000 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Mead contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 272 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 5,016 feet. Within 10 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (745 feet). Within 50 miles contains significant variations in elevation (9,872 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Mead is covered by cropland (74%) and grassland (17%), within 10 miles by cropland (55%) and grassland (25%), and within 50 miles by grassland (35%) and trees (23%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Mead, 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 Mead.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Mead 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 Mead is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Mead and a given station.
The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Vance Brand Airport (KLMO, 43%, 16 kilometers, southwest); Fort Collins-Loveland Municipal Airport (KFNL, 23%, 24 kilometers, north); Erie Municipal (KEIK, 23%, 24 kilometers, south); and Greeley-Weld County Airport (KGXY, 11%, 38 kilometers, northeast).
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.