Average Weather in Salem Arkansas, United States
In Salem, the summers are hot and muggy, the winters are very cold and wet, and it is partly cloudy year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 29°F to 90°F and is rarely below 14°F or above 97°F.
Based on the tourism score, the best times of year to visit Salem for warm-weather activities are from mid May to mid July and from late July to early October.
The hot season lasts for 3.5 months, from June 1 to September 17, with an average daily high temperature above 81°F. The hottest day of the year is July 21, with an average high of 90°F and low of 70°F.
The cold season lasts for 3.0 months, from November 26 to February 25, with an average daily high temperature below 54°F. The coldest day of the year is January 22, with an average low of 29°F and high of 46°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
In Salem, 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 Salem begins around June 12 and lasts for 4.7 months, ending around November 2. On August 23, 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 2 and lasts for 7.3 months, ending around June 12. On December 27, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 51% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 49% of the time.
Cloud Cover Categories
A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. The chance of wet days in Salem varies throughout the year.
The wetter season lasts 5.1 months, from March 16 to August 20, with a greater than 30% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 39% on May 21.
The drier season lasts 6.9 months, from August 20 to March 16. The smallest chance of a wet day is 20% on January 23.
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 39% on May 21.
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. Salem experiences significant seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.
Rain falls throughout the year in Salem. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around April 28, with an average total accumulation of 4.6 inches.
The least rain falls around January 24, with an average total accumulation of 2.2 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall
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. Colder, drier snow tends to be on the higher end of that range and warmer, wetter snow on the lower end.
As with rainfall, we consider the snowfall accumulated over a sliding 31-day period centered around each day of the year. Salem experiences some seasonal variation in monthly liquid-equivalent snowfall.
The snowy period of the year lasts for 3.9 months, from November 24 to March 21, with a sliding 31-day liquid-equivalent snowfall of at least 0.1 inches. The most snow falls during the 31 days centered around February 8, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 0.5 inches.
The snowless period of the year lasts for 8.1 months, from March 21 to November 24. The least snow falls around July 15, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 0.0 inches.
Average Liquid-Equivalent Monthly Snowfall
The length of the day in Salem varies significantly over the course of the year. In 2018, the shortest day is December 21, with 9 hours, 41 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 21, with 14 hours, 39 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight
The earliest sunrise is at 5:48 AM on June 12, and the latest sunrise is 1 hour, 44 minutes later at 7:32 AM on November 3. The earliest sunset is at 4:51 PM on December 6, and the latest sunset is 3 hours, 37 minutes later at 8:29 PM on June 28.
Daylight saving time (DST) is observed in Salem during 2018, starting in the spring on March 11, lasting 7.8 months, and ending in the fall on November 4.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time
Salem experiences extreme seasonal variation in the perceived humidity.
The muggier period of the year lasts for 4.2 months, from May 18 to September 25, during which time the comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable at least 20% of the time. The muggiest day of the year is July 23, with muggy conditions 78% of the time.
The least muggy day of the year is January 28, when muggy conditions are essentially unheard of.
Humidity Comfort Levels
The average hourly wind speed in Salem experiences mild seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The windier part of the year lasts for 6.5 months, from October 26 to May 11, with average wind speeds of more than 4.7 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is February 26, with an average hourly wind speed of 6.0 miles per hour.
The calmer time of year lasts for 5.5 months, from May 11 to October 26. The calmest day of the year is August 3, with an average hourly wind speed of 3.3 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed
The predominant average hourly wind direction in Salem varies throughout the year.
The wind is most often from the north for 2.0 days, from January 9 to January 11 and for 1.4 months, from January 15 to February 26, with a peak percentage of 32% on February 19. The wind is most often from the south for 4.0 days, from January 11 to January 15 and for 10 months, from February 26 to January 9, with a peak percentage of 29% on January 13.
Best Time of Year to Visit
To characterize how pleasant the weather is in Salem 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 Salem for general outdoor tourist activities are from mid May to mid July and from late July to early October, with a peak score in the first week of September.
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 Salem for hot-weather activities is from mid June to early September, with a peak score in the first week of July.
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.
The growing season in Salem typically lasts for 7.1 months (217 days), from around March 30 to around November 3, rarely starting before March 10 or after April 18, and rarely ending before October 14 or after November 24.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season
Based on growing degree days alone, the first spring blooms in Salem should appear around March 3, only rarely appearing before February 15 or after March 20.
Growing Degree Days
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 21 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 4, with an average of 6.9 kWh.
The darker period of the year lasts for 3.0 months, from November 8 to February 7, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 3.2 kWh. The darkest day of the year is December 23, with an average of 2.3 kWh.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Salem are 36.371 deg latitude, -91.823 deg longitude, and 738 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Salem contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 479 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 723 feet. Within 10 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (636 feet). Within 50 miles contains significant variations in elevation (1,703 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Salem is covered by cropland (57%) and trees (41%), within 10 miles by trees (57%) and cropland (42%), and within 50 miles by trees (66%) and cropland (31%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Salem, 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 5 weather stations near enough to contribute to our estimation of the temperature and dew point in Salem.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Salem 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 Salem is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Salem and a given station.
The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: West Plains Regional Airport (27%, 57 kilometers, north); Ozark Regional Airport (27%, 58 kilometers, west); Batesville Regional Airport (19%, 74 kilometers, south); Walnut Ridge Regional Airport (15%, 85 kilometers, east); and Clinton Municipal Airport (12%, 103 kilometers, southwest).
Time zones for aiports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .