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Average Weather in Stevenson Washington, United States

In Stevenson, the summers are warm, dry, and partly cloudy and the winters are very cold, wet, and overcast. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 33°F to 84°F and is rarely below 21°F or above 95°F.

Climate Summary

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Based on the tourism score, the best time of year to visit Stevenson for warm-weather activities is from early July to late August.

Temperature

The warm season lasts for 3.0 months, from June 20 to September 18, with an average daily high temperature above 75°F. The hottest day of the year is August 4, with an average high of 84°F and low of 60°F.

The cool season lasts for 3.3 months, from November 15 to February 24, with an average daily high temperature below 49°F. The coldest day of the year is December 30, with an average low of 33°F and high of 41°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 StevensonJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec12 AM4 AM8 AM12 PM4 PM8 PM12 AMcoldcoolwarmvery coldcomfortable
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.

Clouds

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

The clearer part of the year in Stevenson begins around June 16 and lasts for 3.6 months, ending around October 5. On August 3, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 78% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 22% of the time.

The cloudier part of the year begins around October 5 and lasts for 8.4 months, ending around June 16. On December 1, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 81% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 19% of the time.

Cloud Cover Categories

Cloud Cover Categories in StevensonclearercloudiercloudierJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%Aug 378%Aug 378%Dec 119%Dec 119%Jun 1648%Jun 1648%Oct 549%Oct 549%clearmostly cloudyovercastpartly cloudymostly clear
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 Stevenson varies very significantly throughout the year.

The wetter season lasts 6.9 months, from October 13 to May 9, with a greater than 33% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 61% on November 27.

The drier season lasts 5.1 months, from May 9 to October 13. The smallest chance of a wet day is 5% on August 3.

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 58% on November 18.

Daily Chance of Precipitation

Daily Chance of Precipitation in StevensonwetwetdryJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%10%20%30%40%50%60%70%80%90%100%Nov 2761%Nov 2761%Aug 35%Aug 35%Oct 1333%Oct 1333%May 933%May 933%rainmixedsnow
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. Stevenson experiences extreme seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.

The rainy period of the year lasts for 11 months, from August 8 to July 20, with a sliding 31-day rainfall of at least 0.5 inches. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around November 24, with an average total accumulation of 10.0 inches.

The rainless period of the year lasts for 2.7 weeks, from July 20 to August 8. The least rain falls around July 29, with an average total accumulation of 0.4 inches.

Average Monthly Rainfall

Average Monthly Rainfall in StevensonrainrainJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 in5 in10 in15 inNov 2410.0 inNov 2410.0 inJul 290.4 inJul 290.4 in
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

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. Stevenson experiences some seasonal variation in monthly liquid-equivalent snowfall.

The snowy period of the year lasts for 4.0 months, from November 13 to March 13, 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 5, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 1.0 inches.

The snowless period of the year lasts for 8.0 months, from March 13 to November 13. The least snow falls around July 18, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 0.0 inches.

Average Liquid-Equivalent Monthly Snowfall

Average Liquid-Equivalent Monthly Snowfall in StevensonsnowsnowJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 in2 in4 in6 in8 in10 inJan 51.0 inJan 51.0 inJul 180.0 inJul 180.0 inNov 130.1 inNov 130.1 inMar 130.1 inMar 130.1 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 Stevenson varies significantly over the course of the year. In 2017, the shortest day is December 21, with 8 hours, 41 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 20, with 15 hours, 43 minutes of daylight.

Hours of Daylight and Twilight

Hours of Daylight and Twilight in StevensonJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 hr24 hr4 hr20 hr8 hr16 hr12 hr12 hr16 hr8 hr20 hr4 hr24 hr0 hr12 hr, 7 minMar 2012 hr, 7 minMar 2015 hr, 43 minJun 2015 hr, 43 minJun 2012 hr, 9 minSep 2212 hr, 9 minSep 228 hr, 41 minDec 218 hr, 41 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 5:17 AM on June 15, and the latest sunrise is 2 hours, 35 minutes later at 7:52 AM on November 4. The earliest sunset is at 4:23 PM on December 10, and the latest sunset is 4 hours, 38 minutes later at 9:01 PM on June 26.

Daylight saving time (DST) is observed in Stevenson 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 StevensonJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec12 AM2 AM4 AM6 AM8 AM10 AM12 PM2 PM4 PM6 PM8 PM10 PM12 AMJun 155:17 AMJun 155:17 AM9:01 PMJun 269:01 PMJun 26Dec 104:23 PMDec 104:23 PM7:52 AMNov 47:52 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.

The perceived humidity level in Stevenson, as measured by the percentage of time in which the humidity comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable, does not vary significantly over the course of the year, remaining a virtually constant 0% throughout.

Humidity Comfort Levels

Humidity Comfort Levels in StevensonJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%10%20%30%40%50%60%70%80%90%100%Mar 230%Mar 230%Aug 31%Aug 31%drydrycomfortablecomfortable
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 Stevenson experiences mild seasonal variation over the course of the year.

The windier part of the year lasts for 4.2 months, from November 3 to March 10, with average wind speeds of more than 4.6 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is December 29, with an average hourly wind speed of 5.5 miles per hour.

The calmer time of year lasts for 7.8 months, from March 10 to November 3. The calmest day of the year is August 12, with an average hourly wind speed of 3.8 miles per hour.

Average Wind Speed

Average Wind Speed in StevensonwindywindyJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 mph1 mph2 mph3 mph4 mph5 mph6 mph7 mph8 mph9 mphDec 295.5 mphDec 295.5 mphAug 123.8 mphAug 123.8 mphNov 34.6 mphNov 34.6 mphMar 104.6 mphMar 104.6 mph
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 Stevenson varies throughout the year.

The wind is most often from the west for 8.4 months, from February 27 to November 10, with a peak percentage of 83% on June 30. The wind is most often from the east for 3.6 months, from November 10 to February 27, with a peak percentage of 48% on January 1.

Wind Direction

Wind Direction in StevensonEWEJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%20%80%40%60%60%40%80%20%100%0%westeastsouth
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 Stevenson 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 Stevenson for general outdoor tourist activities is from early July to late August, with a peak score in the first week of August.

Tourism Score

Tourism Score in Stevensonbest timeJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec02468107.67.60.00.0 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 Stevenson for hot-weather activities is from mid July to mid August, with a peak score in the first week of August.

Beach/Pool Score

Beach/Pool Score in StevensonJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec02468103.13.10.00.0precipitationprecipitationcloudscloudstemperaturetemperaturebeach/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 Stevenson typically lasts for 7.8 months (237 days), from around March 19 to around November 11, rarely starting before February 19 or after April 13, and rarely ending before October 21 or after December 13.

Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season

Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in Stevensongrowing seasonJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%50%Mar 1950%Mar 1950%Nov 1150%Nov 1190%Apr 1390%Apr 1390%Oct 2190%Oct 2110%Feb 1910%Feb 1910%Dec 1310%Dec 130%Jan 170%Jan 17Jul 20100%Jul 20100%coldcoolwarmvery coldcomfortablehot
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 Stevenson should appear around April 16, only rarely appearing before March 31 or after April 30.

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 extreme seasonal variation over the course of the year.

The brighter period of the year lasts for 2.7 months, from June 2 to August 24, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 6.1 kWh. The brightest day of the year is July 21, with an average of 7.4 kWh.

The darker period of the year lasts for 3.9 months, from October 24 to February 22, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 2.2 kWh. The darkest day of the year is December 25, with an average of 1.0 kWh.

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy

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 Stevenson are 45.696 deg latitude, -121.885 deg longitude, and 535 ft elevation.

The topography within 2 miles of Stevenson contains very significant variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 1,155 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 354 feet. Within 10 miles contains very significant variations in elevation (4,934 feet). Within 50 miles also contains extreme variations in elevation (12,277 feet).

The area within 2 miles of Stevenson is covered by trees (35%), water (27%), shrubs (26%), and artificial surfaces (10%), within 10 miles by trees (79%) and shrubs (13%), and within 50 miles by trees (51%) and shrubs (28%).

Data Sources

This report illustrates the typical weather in Stevenson, 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 2 weather stations near enough to contribute to our estimation of the temperature and dew point in Stevenson.

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

The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Portland–Troutdale Airport (58%, 44 kilometers, west) and The Dalles Municipal Airport (42%, 57 kilometers, east).

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.