Average Weather in Natchitoches Louisiana, United States
In Natchitoches, the summers are long, hot, and oppressive; the winters are short, cold, and wet; and it is partly cloudy year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 40°F to 94°F and is rarely below 27°F or above 100°F.
Based on the tourism score, the best times of year to visit Natchitoches for warm-weather activities are from early April to late May and from early September to late October.
The hot season lasts for 4.0 months, from May 23 to September 22, with an average daily high temperature above 87°F. The hottest day of the year is August 10, with an average high of 94°F and low of 73°F.
The cool season lasts for 2.9 months, from November 26 to February 23, with an average daily high temperature below 66°F. The coldest day of the year is January 7, with an average low of 40°F and high of 59°F.
Average High and Low Temperature
The figure below shows you a compact characterization of the entire year of hourly average temperatures. The horizontal axis is the day of the year, the vertical axis is the hour of the day, and the color is the average temperature for that hour and day.
Average Hourly Temperature
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Ouarzazat, Morocco (4,939 miles away); Al Quwayrah, Jordan (7,010 miles); and Adana, Turkey (6,643 miles) are the far-away foreign places with temperatures most similar to Natchitoches (view comparison).
In Natchitoches, the average percentage of the sky covered by clouds experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The clearer part of the year in Natchitoches begins around August 7 and lasts for 3.5 months, ending around November 21. On October 4, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 70% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 30% of the time.
The cloudier part of the year begins around November 21 and lasts for 8.5 months, ending around August 7. On January 3, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 50% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 50% of the time.
Cloud Cover Categories
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A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. The chance of wet days in Natchitoches varies throughout the year.
The wetter season lasts 3.5 months, from April 26 to August 10, with a greater than 31% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 40% on June 20.
The drier season lasts 8.5 months, from August 10 to April 26. The smallest chance of a wet day is 22% on September 28.
Among wet days, we distinguish between those that experience rain alone, snow alone, or a mixture of the two. Based on this categorization, the most common form of precipitation throughout the year is rain alone, with a peak probability of 40% on June 20.
Daily Chance of Precipitation
To show variation within the months and not just the monthly totals, we show the rainfall accumulated over a sliding 31-day period centered around each day of the year. Natchitoches experiences significant seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.
Rain falls throughout the year in Natchitoches. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around December 10, with an average total accumulation of 5.1 inches.
The least rain falls around August 3, with an average total accumulation of 2.6 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall
The length of the day in Natchitoches varies significantly over the course of the year. In 2020, the shortest day is December 21, with 10 hours, 5 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 20, with 14 hours, 14 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight
The earliest sunrise is at 6:06 AM on June 11, and the latest sunrise is 1 hour, 24 minutes later at 7:30 AM on March 8. The earliest sunset is at 5:08 PM on December 3, and the latest sunset is 3 hours, 14 minutes later at 8:21 PM on June 29.
Daylight saving time (DST) is observed in Natchitoches during 2020, starting in the spring on March 8, lasting 7.8 months, and ending in the fall on November 1.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time
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.
Natchitoches experiences extreme seasonal variation in the perceived humidity.
The muggier period of the year lasts for 6.1 months, from April 14 to October 17, during which time the comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable at least 27% of the time. The muggiest day of the year is July 15, with muggy conditions 96% of the time.
The least muggy day of the year is January 16, with muggy conditions 3% of the time.
Humidity Comfort Levels
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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 Natchitoches experiences mild seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The windier part of the year lasts for 7.2 months, from October 13 to May 21, with average wind speeds of more than 4.3 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is March 30, with an average hourly wind speed of 5.2 miles per hour.
The calmer time of year lasts for 4.8 months, from May 21 to October 13. The calmest day of the year is July 29, with an average hourly wind speed of 3.4 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed
The predominant average hourly wind direction in Natchitoches varies throughout the year.
The wind is most often from the south for 8.0 months, from January 5 to September 5 and for 3.0 months, from September 29 to December 30, with a peak percentage of 58% on May 19. The wind is most often from the east for 3.4 weeks, from September 5 to September 29, with a peak percentage of 34% on September 8. The wind is most often from the north for 6.0 days, from December 30 to January 5, with a peak percentage of 33% on January 1.
Best Time of Year to Visit
To characterize how pleasant the weather is in Natchitoches throughout the year, we compute two travel scores.
The tourism score favors clear, rainless days with perceived temperatures between 65°F and 80°F. Based on this score, the best times of year to visit Natchitoches for general outdoor tourist activities are from early April to late May and from early September to late October, with a peak score in the first week of October.
The beach/pool score favors clear, rainless days with perceived temperatures between 75°F and 90°F. Based on this score, the best time of year to visit Natchitoches for hot-weather activities is from mid May to late September, with a peak score in the first week of September.
For each hour between 8:00 AM and 9:00 PM of each day in the analysis period (1980 to 2016), independent scores are computed for perceived temperature, cloud cover, and total precipitation. Those scores are combined into a single hourly composite score, which is then aggregated into days, averaged over all the years in the analysis period, and smoothed.
Our cloud cover score is 10 for fully clear skies, falling linearly to 9 for mostly clear skies, and to 1 for fully overcast skies.
Our precipitation score, which is based on the three-hour precipitation centered on the hour in question, is 10 for no precipitation, falling linearly to 9 for trace precipitation, and to 0 for 0.04 inches of precipitation or more.
Our tourism temperature score is 0 for perceived temperatures below 50°F, rising linearly to 9 for 65°F, to 10 for 75°F, falling linearly to 9 for 80°F, and to 1 for 90°F or hotter.
Our beach/pool temperature score is 0 for perceived temperatures below 65°F, rising linearly to 9 for 75°F, to 10 for 82°F, falling linearly to 9 for 90°F, and to 1 for 100°F or hotter.
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 Natchitoches typically lasts for 8.8 months (267 days), from around February 28 to around November 21, rarely starting before February 1 or after March 23, and rarely ending before November 1 or after December 13.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season
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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.
Based on growing degree days alone, the first spring blooms in Natchitoches should appear around January 22, only rarely appearing before January 13 or after February 8.
Growing Degree Days
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 experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The brighter period of the year lasts for 4.4 months, from April 6 to August 20, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 5.9 kWh. The brightest day of the year is June 1, with an average of 6.7 kWh.
The darker period of the year lasts for 2.7 months, from November 13 to February 4, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 3.5 kWh. The darkest day of the year is December 25, with an average of 2.7 kWh.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Natchitoches are 31.761 deg latitude, -93.086 deg longitude, and 112 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Natchitoches contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 98 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 117 feet. Within 10 miles also contains only modest variations in elevation (236 feet). Within 50 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (545 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Natchitoches is covered by cropland (42%), artificial surfaces (41%), and herbaceous vegetation (10%), within 10 miles by cropland (43%) and trees (27%), and within 50 miles by trees (64%) and herbaceous vegetation (18%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Natchitoches, 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 Natchitoches.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Natchitoches 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 Natchitoches is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Natchitoches and a given station.
The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Natchitoches Regional Airport (98%, 3.0 kilometers, southwest); Ruston Regional Airport (0.5%, 96 kilometers, northeast); Louisiana State Police Troop G Headquarters Facilities Heliport (0.5%, 99 kilometers, northwest); and Minden Airport (0.5%, 101 kilometers, north).
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.
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.