Average Weather in Port Byron Illinois, United States
In Port Byron, the summers are long, warm, humid, and wet; the winters are freezing, dry, and windy; and it is partly cloudy year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 15°F to 84°F and is rarely below -5°F or above 92°F.
Based on the tourism score, the best time of year to visit Port Byron for warm-weather activities is from mid June to mid September.
The warm season lasts for 4.1 months, from May 18 to September 21, with an average daily high temperature above 73°F. The hottest day of the year is July 19, with an average high of 84°F and low of 65°F.
The cold season lasts for 3.1 months, from November 30 to March 1, with an average daily high temperature below 41°F. The coldest day of the year is January 22, with an average low of 15°F and high of 30°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 Port Byron, 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 Port Byron begins around June 11 and lasts for 4.5 months, ending around October 26. On August 26, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 69% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 31% of the time.
The cloudier part of the year begins around October 26 and lasts for 7.5 months, ending around June 11. On December 29, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 57% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 43% of the time.
Cloud Cover Categories
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. The chance of wet days in Port Byron varies throughout the year.
The wetter season lasts 5.7 months, from April 4 to September 25, with a greater than 27% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 42% on June 14.
The drier season lasts 6.3 months, from September 25 to April 4. The smallest chance of a wet day is 12% on January 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 in Port Byron changes throughout the year.
Rain alone is the most common for 11 months, from February 7 to December 28. The highest chance of a day with rain alone is 42% on June 14.
Snow alone is the most common for 1.3 months, from December 28 to February 7. The highest chance of a day with snow alone is 7% on January 15.
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. Port Byron experiences significant seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.
Rain falls throughout the year in Port Byron. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around June 15, with an average total accumulation of 4.1 inches.
The least rain falls around January 21, with an average total accumulation of 0.5 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. Port Byron experiences some seasonal variation in monthly liquid-equivalent snowfall.
The snowy period of the year lasts for 4.4 months, from November 15 to March 27, with a sliding 31-day liquid-equivalent snowfall of at least 0.1 inches. The most snow falls during the 31 days centered around December 28, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 0.4 inches.
The snowless period of the year lasts for 7.6 months, from March 27 to November 15. The least snow falls around July 22, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 0.0 inches.
Average Liquid-Equivalent Monthly Snowfall
The length of the day in Port Byron varies significantly over the course of the year. In 2018, the shortest day is December 21, with 9 hours, 9 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 21, with 15 hours, 12 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight
The earliest sunrise is at 5:26 AM on June 14, and the latest sunrise is 2 hours, 9 minutes later at 7:35 AM on November 3. The earliest sunset is at 4:31 PM on December 8, and the latest sunset is 4 hours, 9 minutes later at 8:39 PM on June 27.
Daylight saving time (DST) is observed in Port Byron 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
Port Byron experiences extreme seasonal variation in the perceived humidity.
The muggier period of the year lasts for 3.5 months, from June 2 to September 17, during which time the comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable at least 13% of the time. The muggiest day of the year is July 22, with muggy conditions 51% of the time.
The least muggy day of the year is December 9, when muggy conditions are essentially unheard of.
Humidity Comfort Levels
dry 55°F comfortable 60°F humid 65°F muggy 70°F oppressive 75°F miserable
The average hourly wind speed in Port Byron experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The windier part of the year lasts for 7.6 months, from October 5 to May 26, with average wind speeds of more than 10.0 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is March 23, with an average hourly wind speed of 12.5 miles per hour.
The calmer time of year lasts for 4.4 months, from May 26 to October 5. The calmest day of the year is August 3, with an average hourly wind speed of 7.6 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed
The predominant average hourly wind direction in Port Byron varies throughout the year.
The wind is most often from the north for 1.7 months, from February 14 to April 6, with a peak percentage of 31% on March 8. The wind is most often from the south for 7.6 months, from April 6 to November 23, with a peak percentage of 38% on September 7. The wind is most often from the west for 2.7 months, from November 23 to February 14, with a peak percentage of 36% on January 1.
Best Time of Year to Visit
To characterize how pleasant the weather is in Port Byron 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 time of year to visit Port Byron for general outdoor tourist activities is from mid June to mid September, with a peak score in the last week of August.
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 Port Byron for hot-weather activities is from late June to mid August, with a peak score in the third 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 Port Byron typically lasts for 5.8 months (175 days), from around April 21 to around October 13, rarely starting before April 3 or after May 9, and rarely ending before September 24 or after October 31.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season
Based on growing degree days alone, the first spring blooms in Port Byron should appear around April 11, only rarely appearing before March 29 or after April 25.
Growing Degree Days
The average daily incident shortwave solar energy experiences extreme seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The brighter period of the year lasts for 3.6 months, from May 4 to August 24, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 5.9 kWh. The brightest day of the year is July 1, with an average of 7.0 kWh.
The darker period of the year lasts for 3.3 months, from November 2 to February 10, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 2.8 kWh. The darkest day of the year is December 21, with an average of 1.7 kWh.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Port Byron are 41.606 deg latitude, -90.335 deg longitude, and 682 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Port Byron contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 167 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 652 feet. Within 10 miles also contains only modest variations in elevation (249 feet). Within 50 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (646 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Port Byron is covered by cropland (39%), trees (30%), artificial surfaces (17%), and water (14%), within 10 miles by cropland (74%) and artificial surfaces (10%), and within 50 miles by cropland (88%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Port Byron, 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 Port Byron.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Port Byron 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 Port Byron is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Port Byron and a given station.
The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Davenport Municipal Airport (34%, 21 kilometers, west); Quad City International Airport (32%, 22 kilometers, southwest); Clinton Municipal Airport (26%, 25 kilometers, north); and Sterling Rockfalls (8%, 57 kilometers, east).
Time zones for aiports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .