Average Weather in Wulingyuan China
In Wulingyuan, the wet season is warm and humid, the dry season is cold, and it is partly cloudy year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 30°F to 85°F and is rarely below 23°F or above 89°F.
Based on the tourism score, the best times of year to visit Wulingyuan for warm-weather activities are from late May to early June and from mid August to early October.
The warm season lasts for 4.0 months, from May 19 to September 19, with an average daily high temperature above 77°F. The hottest day of the year is July 30, with an average high of 85°F and low of 72°F.
The cold season lasts for 3.0 months, from December 1 to March 1, with an average daily high temperature below 53°F. The coldest day of the year is January 19, with an average low of 30°F and high of 45°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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Paintsville, Kentucky, United States (7,725 miles away) and Kilmarnock, Virginia, United States (7,790 miles) are the far-away foreign places with temperatures most similar to Wulingyuan (view comparison).
In Wulingyuan, 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 Wulingyuan begins around September 3 and lasts for 6.3 months, ending around March 11. On December 16, 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 March 11 and lasts for 5.7 months, ending around September 3. On July 5, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 70% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 30% 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 Wulingyuan varies significantly throughout the year.
The wetter season lasts 5.5 months, from March 18 to September 2, with a greater than 28% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 46% on July 5.
The drier season lasts 6.5 months, from September 2 to March 18. The smallest chance of a wet day is 9% on December 16.
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 Wulingyuan changes throughout the year.
Rain alone is the most common for 12 months, from January 15 to January 8. The highest chance of a day with rain alone is 46% on July 5.
Mixed snow and rain is the most common for 1.0 weeks, from January 8 to January 15. The highest chance of a day with mixed snow and rain is 5% on January 16.
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. Wulingyuan experiences extreme seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.
The rainy period of the year lasts for 11 months, from January 19 to December 24, with a sliding 31-day rainfall of at least 0.5 inches. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around June 27, with an average total accumulation of 8.6 inches.
The rainless period of the year lasts for 3.8 weeks, from December 24 to January 19. The least rain falls around January 12, 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. Wulingyuan experiences some seasonal variation in monthly liquid-equivalent snowfall.
The snowy period of the year lasts for 3.1 months, from December 12 to March 17, with a sliding 31-day liquid-equivalent snowfall of at least 0.1 inches. The most snow falls during the 31 days centered around January 21, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 0.3 inches.
The snowless period of the year lasts for 8.9 months, from March 17 to December 12. The least snow falls around July 19, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 0.0 inches.
Average Liquid-Equivalent Monthly Snowfall
The length of the day in Wulingyuan varies significantly over the course of the year. In 2020, the shortest day is December 21, with 10 hours, 16 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 21, with 14 hours, 2 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight
The earliest sunrise is at 5:37 AM on June 10, and the latest sunrise is 1 hour, 56 minutes later at 7:33 AM on January 11. The earliest sunset is at 5:38 PM on December 2, and the latest sunset is 2 hours, 3 minutes later at 7:41 PM on July 1.
Daylight saving time (DST) is not observed in Wulingyuan during 2020.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight
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.
Wulingyuan experiences extreme seasonal variation in the perceived humidity.
The muggier period of the year lasts for 4.1 months, from May 17 to September 20, during which time the comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable at least 24% of the time. The muggiest day of the year is July 23, with muggy conditions 98% of the time.
The least muggy day of the year is January 27, when muggy conditions are essentially unheard of.
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 Wulingyuan experiences mild seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The windier part of the year lasts for 3.3 months, from February 2 to May 11, with average wind speeds of more than 5.7 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is March 9, with an average hourly wind speed of 6.3 miles per hour.
The calmer time of year lasts for 8.7 months, from May 11 to February 2. The calmest day of the year is December 1, with an average hourly wind speed of 5.0 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed
The predominant average hourly wind direction in Wulingyuan varies throughout the year.
The wind is most often from the south for 1.1 months, from June 26 to July 29, with a peak percentage of 43% on July 11. The wind is most often from the east for 11 months, from July 29 to June 26, with a peak percentage of 47% on January 1.
Best Time of Year to Visit
To characterize how pleasant the weather is in Wulingyuan 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 Wulingyuan for general outdoor tourist activities are from late May to early June and from mid August to early October, with a peak score in the third 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 Wulingyuan for hot-weather activities is from mid July to late August, with a peak score in the first week of August.
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 Wulingyuan typically lasts for 8.6 months (263 days), from around March 10 to around November 28, rarely starting before February 20 or after March 27, and rarely ending before November 8 or after December 16.
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 Wulingyuan should appear around March 18, only rarely appearing before March 4 or after April 1.
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 some seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The brighter period of the year lasts for 4.3 months, from May 1 to September 11, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 5.2 kWh. The brightest day of the year is July 20, with an average of 5.8 kWh.
The darker period of the year lasts for 3.5 months, from November 3 to February 17, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 3.4 kWh. The darkest day of the year is December 23, with an average of 2.8 kWh.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Wulingyuan are 29.349 deg latitude, 110.544 deg longitude, and 1,831 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Wulingyuan contains large variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 2,251 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 1,686 feet. Within 10 miles contains large variations in elevation (3,596 feet). Within 50 miles also contains extreme variations in elevation (6,161 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Wulingyuan is covered by trees (41%), grassland (27%), cropland (15%), and shrubs (11%), within 10 miles by trees (63%) and grassland (13%), and within 50 miles by trees (65%) and cropland (14%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Wulingyuan, based on a statistical analysis of historical hourly weather reports and model reconstructions from January 1, 1980 to December 31, 2016.
Wulingyuan is further than 200 kilometers from the nearest reliable weather station, so the weather-related data on this page were taken entirely from NASA's MERRA-2 satellite-era reanalysis . 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.
The temperature and dew point estimates are corrected for the difference between the reference elevation of the MERRA-2 grid cell and the elevation of Wulingyuan, according to the International Standard Atmosphere .
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.
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.