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Average Weather in Russellville Arkansas, United States

In Russellville, the summers are hot and muggy; the winters are short, very cold, and wet; and it is partly cloudy year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 30°F to 93°F and is rarely below 18°F or above 101°F.

Climate Summary

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Based on the tourism score, the best times of year to visit Russellville for warm-weather activities are from early May to late June and from mid August to mid October.

Temperature

The hot season lasts for 3.6 months, from June 1 to September 19, with an average daily high temperature above 85°F. The hottest day of the year is July 30, with an average high of 93°F and low of 71°F.

The cold season lasts for 2.9 months, from November 26 to February 24, with an average daily high temperature below 59°F. The coldest day of the year is January 22, with an average low of 30°F and high of 51°F.

Average High and Low Temperature

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 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

Average Hourly Temperature in RussellvilleJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec12 AM4 AM8 AM12 PM4 PM8 PM12 AMvery coldvery coldvery coldcoldcoldcoolcoolcomfortablewarmhotvery coldwarm
The average hourly temperature, color coded into bands: 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 shaded overlays indicate night and civil twilight.

’Aïn el Bell, Algeria (5,219 miles away); Kafr Takhārīm, Syria (6,544 miles); and Quetta, Pakistan (7,741 miles) are the far-away foreign places with temperatures most similar to Russellville (view comparison).

Clouds

In Russellville, the average percentage of the sky covered by clouds experiences mild seasonal variation over the course of the year.

The clearer part of the year in Russellville begins around June 13 and lasts for 4.7 months, ending around November 4. On October 5, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 71% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 29% of the time.

The cloudier part of the year begins around November 4 and lasts for 7.3 months, ending around June 13. On March 1, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 49% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 51% of the time.

Cloud Cover Categories

Cloud Cover Categories in RussellvilleclearercloudiercloudierJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%Oct 571%Oct 571%Mar 151%Mar 151%Jun 1360%Jun 1360%Nov 461%Nov 461%clearmostly clearpartly cloudymostly cloudyovercast
The percentage of time spent in each cloud cover band, categorized by the percentage of the sky covered by clouds: clear < 20% < mostly clear < 40% < partly cloudy < 60% < mostly cloudy < 80% < overcast.

Precipitation

A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. The chance of wet days in Russellville varies throughout the year.

The wetter season lasts 4.6 months, from March 18 to August 5, with a greater than 30% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 41% on May 16.

The drier season lasts 7.4 months, from August 5 to March 18. The smallest chance of a wet day is 20% on January 13.

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 41% on May 16.

Daily Chance of Precipitation

Daily Chance of Precipitation in RussellvillewetdrydryJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%10%20%30%40%50%60%70%80%90%100%May 1641%May 1641%Jan 1320%Jan 1320%Jan 121%Jan 121%Mar 1830%Mar 1830%Aug 530%Aug 530%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 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. Russellville experiences significant seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.

Rain falls throughout the year in Russellville. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around May 2, with an average total accumulation of 4.9 inches.

The least rain falls around August 16, with an average total accumulation of 2.6 inches.

Average Monthly Rainfall

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 liquid-equivalent snowfall.

Snowfall

The sliding 31-day liquid-equivalent quantity of snowfall in Russellville does not vary significantly over the course of the year, staying within 0.1 inches of 0.1 inches throughout.

Average Liquid-Equivalent Monthly Snowfall

Average Liquid-Equivalent Monthly Snowfall in RussellvillesnowJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 in1 in2 in3 in4 in5 inJan 180.2 inJan 180.2 inJul 280.0 inJul 280.0 inDec 140.1 inDec 140.1 inMar 100.1 inMar 100.1 in
The average liquid-equivalent 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.

Sun

The length of the day in Russellville varies significantly over the course of the year. In 2017, the shortest day is December 21, with 9 hours, 47 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 20, with 14 hours, 32 minutes of daylight.

Hours of Daylight and Twilight

Hours of Daylight and Twilight in RussellvilleJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 hr24 hr4 hr20 hr8 hr16 hr12 hr12 hr16 hr8 hr20 hr4 hr24 hr0 hr12 hr, 7 minMar 2012 hr, 7 minMar 2014 hr, 32 minJun 2014 hr, 32 minJun 2012 hr, 8 minSep 2212 hr, 8 minSep 229 hr, 47 minDec 219 hr, 47 minDec 21nightnightday
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 earliest sunrise is at 5:57 AM on June 12, and the latest sunrise is 1 hour, 40 minutes later at 7:37 AM on November 4. The earliest sunset is at 4:59 PM on December 5, and the latest sunset is 3 hours, 31 minutes later at 8:31 PM on June 28.

Daylight saving time (DST) is observed in Russellville during 2017, starting in the spring on March 12, lasting 7.8 months, and ending in the fall on November 5.

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time in RussellvilleJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec12 AM2 AM4 AM6 AM8 AM10 AM12 PM2 PM4 PM6 PM8 PM10 PM12 AMJun 125:57 AMJun 125:57 AM8:31 PMJun 288:31 PMJun 28Dec 54:59 PMDec 54:59 PM7:37 AMNov 47:37 AMNov 4Mar 12DSTMar 12DSTDSTNov 5DSTNov 5daynightnightnightnightSolarMidnightSolarMidnightSolarNoonSunriseSunset
The solar day over the course of the year 2017. 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.

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.

Russellville experiences extreme seasonal variation in the perceived humidity.

The muggier period of the year lasts for 4.7 months, from May 11 to October 1, during which time the comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable at least 22% of the time. The muggiest day of the year is July 22, with muggy conditions 88% of the time.

The least muggy day of the year is January 25, when muggy conditions are essentially unheard of.

Humidity Comfort Levels

Humidity Comfort Levels in RussellvillemuggyJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%10%20%30%40%50%60%70%80%90%100%Jan 250%Jan 250%88%Jul 2288%Jul 22May 1122%May 1122%Oct 122%Oct 122%oppressiveoppressivemuggymuggydrydrymiserablemiserablecomfortablecomfortable
The percentage of time spent at various humidity comfort levels, categorized by dew point: dry < 55°F < comfortable < 60°F < humid < 65°F < muggy < 70°F < oppressive < 75°F < miserable.

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 Russellville experiences mild seasonal variation over the course of the year.

The windier part of the year lasts for 7.0 months, from October 17 to May 16, with average wind speeds of more than 4.1 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is March 10, with an average hourly wind speed of 5.1 miles per hour.

The calmer time of year lasts for 5.0 months, from May 16 to October 17. The calmest day of the year is July 30, with an average hourly wind speed of 3.1 miles per hour.

Average Wind Speed

The average of mean hourly wind speeds (dark gray line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

The predominant average hourly wind direction in Russellville varies throughout the year.

The wind is most often from the north for 2.1 weeks, from January 21 to February 5 and for 1.0 weeks, from February 12 to February 19, with a peak percentage of 29% on February 16. The wind is most often from the south for 1.0 weeks, from February 5 to February 12; for 6.0 months, from February 19 to August 19; and for 3.5 months, from September 30 to January 15, with a peak percentage of 48% on June 7. The wind is most often from the east for 1.4 months, from August 19 to September 30, with a peak percentage of 38% on September 6.

Wind Direction

Wind Direction in RussellvilleSNSESJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%20%80%40%60%60%40%80%20%100%0%westsoutheastnorth
The percentage of hours in which the mean wind direction is from each of the four cardinal wind directions (north, east, south, and west), excluding hours in which the mean wind speed is less than 1 mph. The lightly tinted areas at the boundaries are the percentage of hours spent in the implied intermediate directions (northeast, southeast, southwest, and northwest).

Best Time of Year to Visit

To characterize how pleasant the weather is in Russellville 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 Russellville for general outdoor tourist activities are from early May to late June and from mid August to mid October, with a peak score in the third week of September.

Tourism Score

Tourism Score in Russellvillebest timebest timeJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec02468106.26.20.80.85.95.95.35.3 precipitationprecipitationcloudscloudstemperaturetemperaturetourism score
The tourism score (filled area), and its constituents: the temperature score (red line), the cloud cover score (blue line), and the precipitation score (green line).

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 Russellville for hot-weather activities is from early June to mid September, with a peak score in the first week of July.

Beach/Pool Score

Beach/Pool Score in Russellvillebest timeJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec02468105.95.90.10.15.95.9 precipitationprecipitationcloudscloudstemperaturetemperaturebeach/pool score
The beach/pool score (filled area), and its constituents: the temperature score (red line), the cloud cover score (blue line), and the precipitation score (green line).

Methodology

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.

Growing Season

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 Russellville typically lasts for 7.1 months (219 days), from around March 30 to around November 4, rarely starting before March 7 or after April 18, and rarely ending before October 16 or after November 23.

Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season

Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in Russellvillegrowing seasonJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%50%Mar 3050%Mar 3050%Nov 450%Nov 490%Apr 1890%Apr 1890%Oct 1690%Oct 1610%Mar 710%Mar 710%Nov 2310%Nov 230%Dec 220%Dec 22Jul 13100%Jul 13100%freezingvery coldcoldcomfortablewarmhotcoolsweltering
The percentage of time spent in various temperature bands: 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 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.

Based on growing degree days alone, the first spring blooms in Russellville should appear around February 18, only rarely appearing before February 4 or after March 7.

Growing Degree Days

The average growing degree days accumulated over the course of the year, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

Solar Energy

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 4.3 months, from April 18 to August 29, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 6.0 kWh. The brightest day of the year is July 7, with an average of 6.9 kWh.

The darker period of the year lasts for 2.9 months, from November 9 to February 6, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 3.3 kWh. The darkest day of the year is December 23, with an average of 2.4 kWh.

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in RussellvillebrightdarkdarkJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 kWh1 kWh2 kWh3 kWh4 kWh5 kWh6 kWh7 kWh8 kWh9 kWhJul 76.9 kWhJul 76.9 kWhDec 232.4 kWhDec 232.4 kWhApr 186.0 kWhApr 186.0 kWhAug 296.0 kWhAug 296.0 kWhNov 93.3 kWhNov 93.3 kWhFeb 63.3 kWhFeb 63.3 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.

Topography

For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Russellville are 35.278 deg latitude, -93.134 deg longitude, and 374 ft elevation.

The topography within 2 miles of Russellville contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 341 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 379 feet. Within 10 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (1,522 feet). Within 50 miles contains very significant variations in elevation (2,533 feet).

The area within 2 miles of Russellville is covered by artificial surfaces (75%) and cropland (17%), within 10 miles by cropland (42%) and trees (41%), and within 50 miles by trees (73%) and cropland (21%).

Data Sources

This report illustrates the typical weather in Russellville, 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 Russellville.

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

The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Russellville Municipal Airport (98%, 4.2 kilometers, southeast); Boone County Airport (0.7%, 110 kilometers, north); Fort Smith Municipal Airport (0.7%, 112 kilometers, west); and Drake Field (0.6%, 124 kilometers, northwest).

Other Data

All data relating to the Sun's position (e.g., sunrise and sunset) are computed using astronomical formulas from the book, Astronomical Tables of the Sun, Moon and Planets , 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.

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.