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Average Weather on March 29 in Hamilton Montana, United States

On March 29, the temperature in Hamilton typically ranges from 30°F to 48°F and is rarely below 21°F or above 59°F.

For reference, on July 29, the hottest day of the year, temperatures in Hamilton typically range from 51°F to 84°F, while on December 22, the coldest day of the year, they range from 18°F to 30°F.

The coolest time of the day is from 1:15 AM to 9:00 AM, with the coldest at 6:45 AM, at which time the temperature is below 35°F three days out of four, and below 39°F nine days out of ten.

The warmest time of the day is from 12:45 PM to 7:00 PM, with the hottest at 4:00 PM, at which time the temperature is above 42°F three days out of four, and above 37°F nine days out of ten.

The day has gained half its heat by 10:45 AM and lost it again by 9:15 PM.

Average Temperature on March 29

Average Temperature on March 29 in Hamiltonnightdaynight12 AM3 AM6 AM9 AM12 PM3 PM6 PM9 PM12 AM20°F25°F30°F35°F40°F45°F50°F55°F60°F4:00 PM48°F4:00 PM48°F30°F6:45 AM30°F6:45 AM34°F1:15 AM34°F1:15 AM34°F9:00 AM34°F9:00 AM12:45 PM44°F12:45 PM44°F7:00 PM44°F7:00 PM44°FNowNow
The hourly average temperature (purple line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands. The thin dotted line is the hourly average perceived temperature. Civil twilight and night are indicated by shaded overlays.

The figure below shows you a compact characterization of the range of temperatures experienced on March 29 throughout the historical record. The horizontal axis is the time of day and the colored stacked areas indicate the percentage of hours spent in various temperature bands.

Temperature Bands on March 29

Temperature Bands on March 29 in Hamiltonnightdaynight12 AM3 AM6 AM9 AM12 PM3 PM6 PM9 PM12 AM0%100%20%80%40%60%60%40%80%20%100%0%NowNowfreezingvery coldcoldcool
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. Civil twilight and night are indicated by shaded overlays.

Klisura, Bulgaria (5,794 miles away) and Refahiye, Turkey (6,262 miles) are the far-away foreign places with temperatures most similar to Hamilton (view comparison).

Compared to March 29 (excluding 30 days before and after), October 27 has the most similar daily average high and low temperatures.

Clouds

The average percentage of the sky covered by clouds in Hamilton on March 29 varies over the course of the day.

The cloudiest time of day is around 5:30 AM, at which time the chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 67%.

The clearest time of day is around 12:30 PM, at which time the chance of clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy conditions is 41%.

For reference, on January 10, the cloudiest day of the year, the chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 67%, while on July 22, the clearest day of the year, the chance of clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy skies is 78%.

Cloud Cover Categories on March 29

Cloud Cover Categories on March 29 in Hamiltonnightdaynight12 AM3 AM6 AM9 AM12 PM3 PM6 PM9 PM12 AM0%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%5:30 AM33%5:30 AM33%12:30 PM41%12:30 PM41%NowNowclearmostly 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. Civil twilight and night are indicated by shaded overlays.

Precipitation

On average, there is a 23% chance that more than 0.04 inches of total precipitation will fall in Hamilton throughout the day on March 29, of which 84% is expected to be rain alone, 4% to be snow alone, and 12% to be a mixture of snow and rain.

For reference, the year's highest daily chance of precipitation is 36% on June 6, and its lowest chance is 14% on August 2.

For those 23% of years with precipitation on March 29, the chart below shows when throughout the day that precipitation is more or less likely to occur, excluding hourly accumulations of less than 0.01 inches. If precipitation were equally likely throughout the day, all hours would report 4.2% (100% divided by 24 hours).

Precipitation is most likely between 2 PM and 3 PM, and least likely between 7 AM and 8 AM.

Hourly Share of Precipitation on March 29

Hourly Share of Precipitation on March 29 in Hamilton nightdaynight12 AM3 AM6 AM9 AM12 PM3 PM6 PM9 PM12 AM0%1%2%3%4%5%6%4.2%4.2%2 PM5.4%2 PM5.4%7 AM3.6%7 AM3.6%NowNowsnowrain
The share of the day's precipitation attributable to each hour of the day, excluding trace quantities, and color-coded as rain alone, snow alone, and mixed (both rain and snow fell during the same hour). Civil twilight and night are indicated by shaded overlays.

Sun

In Hamilton on Sunday, March 29, 2020, the Sun rises at 7:20 AM and sets 12 hours, 41 minutes later, at 8:02 PM. Solar noon is at 1:41 PM.

For reference, on June 20, the longest day of the year, the Sun rises at 5:44 AM and sets 15 hours, 47 minutes later, at 9:32 PM, while on December 21, the shortest day of the year, it rises at 8:16 AM and sets 8 hours, 37 minutes later, at 4:53 PM.

Civil twilight, the period before the Sun has risen or after the Sun has set during which time it is possible to engage in most outdoor activities without artificial lighting, begins and ends 30 minutes before sunrise and after sunset, at 6:50 AM and 8:32 PM respectively.

Nautical twilight, during which time it is possible to clearly discern the horizon (e.g., for navigational purposes), begins and ends 1 hour, 6 minutes before sunrise and after sunset, at 6:14 AM and 9:08 PM respectively.

Astronomical twilight, outside of which it is possible to make the most sensitive of astronomical observations, begins and ends 1 hour, 44 minutes before sunrise and after sunset, at 5:37 AM and 9:46 PM respectively.

Solar Elevation on March 29, 2020

Solar Elevation on March 29, 2020 in Hamiltonnightdaynight12 AM3 AM6 AM9 AM12 PM3 PM6 PM9 PM12 AM-80 deg-60 deg-40 deg-20 deg0 deg20 deg40 deg60 deg80 degsolar noon1:41 PMsolar noon1:41 PMrise7:20 AMrise7:20 AMset8:02 PMset8:02 PMsummer solsticesummer solsticewinter solsticewinter solstice
Elevation of the center of the Sun above (positive) or below (negative) the horizon (black line). Yellow and gray fills indicate day and night, respectively. Light gray lines are the corresponding curves for the winter and summer solstices. Civil twilight and night are indicated by shaded overlays.

Humidity

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.

Muggy conditions are essentially unheard-of in Hamilton on March 29.

Humidity Comfort Levels on March 29

Humidity Comfort Levels on March 29 in Hamilton nightdaynight12 AM3 AM6 AM9 AM12 PM3 PM6 PM9 PM12 AM0%10%20%30%40%50%60%70%80%90%100%12:30 PM0%12:30 PM0%NowNowdry
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. Civil twilight and night are indicated by shaded overlays.

Wind

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 Hamilton on March 29 varies throughout the day, with a daily average of 4.6 miles per hour.

The windiest time of day is around 2:15 PM, with an average hourly wind speed of 5.9 miles per hour, mostly staying between 4.3 miles per hour and 7.3 miles per hour, and rarely falling below 2.9 miles per hour or exceeding 8.9 miles per hour.

The calmest time of day is around 7:30 PM, with an average hourly wind speed of 4.0 miles per hour, mostly staying between 3.1 miles per hour and 4.6 miles per hour, and rarely falling below 2.3 miles per hour or exceeding 6.0 miles per hour.

For reference, on January 10, the windiest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 5.0 miles per hour, while on August 2, the calmest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 3.7 miles per hour.

Wind Speed on March 29

Wind Speed on March 29 in Hamilton nightdaynight12 AM3 AM6 AM9 AM12 PM3 PM6 PM9 PM12 AM0 mph1 mph2 mph3 mph4 mph5 mph6 mph7 mph8 mph2:15 PM5.9 mph2:15 PM5.9 mph4.0 mph7:30 PM4.0 mph7:30 PMNowNow
The average of mean hourly wind speeds (dark gray line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands. Civil twilight and night are indicated by shaded overlays.

Over the entire course of March 29 in Hamilton, the hourly average wind direction, in order of prevalence, is from the west (51%), south (32%), east (9%), and north (8%).

Wind Direction on March 29

Wind Direction on March 29 in Hamilton nightdaynight12 AM3 AM6 AM9 AM12 PM3 PM6 PM9 PM12 AM0%100%20%80%40%60%60%40%80%20%100%0%NowNowwestsouthnortheast
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). Civil twilight and night are indicated by shaded overlays.

Shortwave Solar Power

This section discusses the incident shortwave solar power 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 peak incident shortwave solar power per square meter is 0.63 kilowatts at around 12:45 PM.

In contrast, the corresponding value on July 6, the brightest day of the year, is 0.87 kilowatts at around 12:30 PM. The corresponding value on December 24, the darkest day of the year, is 0.27 kilowatts at around 11:30 AM.

Shortwave Solar Power on March 29

Shortwave Solar Power on March 29 in Hamilton nightdaynight12 AM3 AM6 AM9 AM12 PM3 PM6 PM9 PM12 AM0.0 kW0.5 kW1.0 kW1.5 kW2.0 kW12:45 PM0.63 kW12:45 PM0.63 kWDec 24Dec 24NowNow
Average incident shortwave solar power reaching the ground per square meter (orange line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands. Light gray lines are the corresponding curves for the days with the minimum and maximum average total solar energy reaching the ground. Civil twilight and night are indicated by shaded overlays.

Topography

For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Hamilton are 46.247 deg latitude, -114.160 deg longitude, and 3,642 ft elevation.

The topography within 2 miles of Hamilton contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 348 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 3,604 feet. Within 10 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (5,722 feet). Within 50 miles also contains extreme variations in elevation (8,891 feet).

The area within 2 miles of Hamilton is covered by sparse vegetation (44%), cropland (23%), grassland (18%), and artificial surfaces (11%), within 10 miles by sparse vegetation (34%) and shrubs (22%), and within 50 miles by trees (52%) and shrubs (21%).

Data Sources

This report illustrates the typical weather in Hamilton, 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 Hamilton.

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

The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Missoula International Airport (43%, 75 kilometers, north); Lowell (20%, 111 kilometers, west); Lemhi County Airport (20%, 128 kilometers, south); and Bert Mooney Airport (17%, 132 kilometers, east).

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 aiports 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.

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