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Average Weather in West Point Mississippi, United States

In West Point, the summers are long, hot, and muggy; the winters are short, cold, and wet; and it is partly cloudy year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 35°F to 91°F and is rarely below 21°F or above 97°F.

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

Climate Summary

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Temperature

The hot season lasts for 4.0 months, from May 24 to September 23, with an average daily high temperature above 84°F. The hottest day of the year is July 22, with an average high of 91°F and low of 72°F.

The cool season lasts for 2.9 months, from November 29 to February 23, with an average daily high temperature below 61°F. The coldest day of the year is January 16, with an average low of 35°F and high of 54°F.

Average High and Low Temperature

Average High and Low Temperature in West PointhotcoolcoolJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0°F0°F10°F10°F20°F20°F30°F30°F40°F40°F50°F50°F60°F60°F70°F70°F80°F80°F90°F90°F100°F100°FJan 1654°FJan 1654°FJul 2291°FJul 2291°F35°F35°F72°F72°FMay 2484°FMay 2484°FSep 2384°FSep 2384°FNov 2961°FNov 2961°FFeb 2361°FFeb 2361°F63°F63°F62°F62°F41°F41°F40°F40°FNowNow
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 West PointJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec12 AM12 AM4 AM4 AM8 AM8 AM12 PM12 PM4 PM4 PM8 PM8 PM12 AM12 AMNowNowvery coldvery coldvery coldcoldcoldcoolcoolcomfortablewarmhotvery cold
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 average hourly temperature, color coded into bands. The shaded overlays indicate night and civil twilight.

Tepehan, Turkey (6,455 miles away) and Baiyun, China (7,945 miles) are the far-away foreign places with temperatures most similar to West Point (view comparison).

Clouds

In West Point, 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 West Point begins around June 2 and lasts for 5.6 months, ending around November 20. On October 2, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 68% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 32% of the time.

The cloudier part of the year begins around November 20 and lasts for 6.4 months, ending around June 2. On January 4, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 53% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 47% of the time.

Cloud Cover Categories

Cloud Cover Categories in West PointclearercloudiercloudierJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%Oct 268%Oct 268%Jan 447%Jan 447%Jun 257%Jun 257%Nov 2058%Nov 2058%NowNowclearmostly clearpartly cloudymostly cloudyovercast
0% clear 20% mostly clear 40% partly cloudy 60% mostly cloudy 80% overcast 100%
The percentage of time spent in each cloud cover band, categorized by the percentage of the sky covered by clouds.

Precipitation

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

The wetter season lasts 5.0 months, from March 16 to August 15, with a greater than 33% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 43% on July 8.

The drier season lasts 7.0 months, from August 15 to March 16. The smallest chance of a wet day is 23% on October 8.

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 43% on July 8.

Daily Chance of Precipitation

Daily Chance of Precipitation in West PointwetdrydryJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%0%10%10%20%20%30%30%40%40%50%50%60%60%70%70%80%80%90%90%100%100%Jul 843%Jul 843%Oct 823%Oct 823%Jan 131%Jan 131%Mar 1633%Mar 1633%Aug 1533%Aug 1533%NowNowrain
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. West Point experiences significant seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.

Rain falls throughout the year in West Point. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around December 10, with an average total accumulation of 5.1 inches.

The least rain falls around August 23, with an average total accumulation of 2.7 inches.

Average Monthly Rainfall

Average Monthly Rainfall in West PointJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 in0 in2 in2 in4 in4 in6 in6 in8 in8 in10 in10 inDec 105.1 inDec 105.1 inAug 232.7 inAug 232.7 inFeb 275.1 inFeb 275.1 inJan 104.5 inJan 104.5 inNowNow
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 West Point 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 West PointsnowJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 in0 in1 in1 in2 in2 in3 in3 in4 in4 in5 in5 inJan 190.1 inJan 190.1 inJul 180.0 inJul 180.0 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 West Point varies significantly over the course of the year. In 2021, the shortest day is December 21, with 9 hours, 55 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 20, with 14 hours, 23 minutes of daylight.

Hours of Daylight and Twilight

Hours of Daylight and Twilight in West PointJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 hr24 hr4 hr20 hr8 hr16 hr12 hr12 hr16 hr8 hr20 hr4 hr24 hr0 hr12 hr, 6 minMar 2012 hr, 6 minMar 2014 hr, 23 minJun 2014 hr, 23 minJun 2012 hr, 8 minSep 2212 hr, 8 minSep 229 hr, 55 minDec 219 hr, 55 minDec 21nightnightdayNowNow
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 5:43 AM on June 11, and the latest sunrise is 1 hour, 34 minutes later at 7:18 AM on November 6. The earliest sunset is at 4:46 PM on December 4, and the latest sunset is 3 hours, 23 minutes later at 8:08 PM on June 29.

Daylight saving time (DST) is observed in West Point during 2021, starting in the spring on March 14, lasting 7.8 months, and ending in the fall on November 7.

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time in West PointJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec12 AM2 AM4 AM6 AM8 AM10 AM12 PM2 PM4 PM6 PM8 PM10 PM12 AMJun 115:43 AMJun 115:43 AM8:08 PMJun 298:08 PMJun 29Dec 44:46 PMDec 44:46 PM7:18 AMNov 67:18 AMNov 6Mar 14DSTMar 14DSTDSTNov 7DSTNov 7daynightnightnightSolarMidnightSolarMidnightSolarNoonSunriseSunsetNowNow
The solar day over the course of the year 2021. 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.

Moon

The figure below presents a compact representation of key lunar data for 2021. The horizontal axis is the day, the vertical axis is the hour of the day, and the colored areas indicate when the moon is above the horizon. The vertical gray bars (new Moons) and blue bars (full Moons) indicate key Moon phases.

Moon Rise, Set & Phases

The time in which the moon is above the horizon (light blue area), with new moons (dark gray lines) and full moons (blue lines) indicated. The shaded overlays indicate night and civil twilight.

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.

West Point experiences extreme seasonal variation in the perceived humidity.

The muggier period of the year lasts for 4.9 months, from May 8 to October 5, during which time the comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable at least 23% of the time. The muggiest day of the year is July 23, with muggy conditions 93% of the time.

The least muggy day of the year is February 9, when muggy conditions are essentially unheard of.

Humidity Comfort Levels

Humidity Comfort Levels in West PointmuggyJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%0%10%10%20%20%30%30%40%40%50%50%60%60%70%70%80%80%90%90%100%100%Feb 90%Feb 90%93%Jul 2393%Jul 23May 823%May 823%Oct 523%Oct 523%NowNowoppressiveoppressivedrydrymuggymuggyhumidhumidmiserablemiserablecomfortablecomfortable
dry 55°F comfortable 60°F humid 65°F muggy 70°F oppressive 75°F miserable
The percentage of time spent at various humidity comfort levels, categorized by dew point.

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 West Point experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.

The windier part of the year lasts for 7.4 months, from October 6 to May 17, with average wind speeds of more than 5.9 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is March 2, with an average hourly wind speed of 7.4 miles per hour.

The calmer time of year lasts for 4.6 months, from May 17 to October 6. The calmest day of the year is July 28, with an average hourly wind speed of 4.4 miles per hour.

Average Wind Speed

Average Wind Speed in West PointwindywindyJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 mph0 mph2 mph2 mph4 mph4 mph6 mph6 mph8 mph8 mph10 mph10 mph12 mph12 mphMar 27.4 mphMar 27.4 mphJul 284.4 mphJul 284.4 mphOct 65.9 mphOct 65.9 mphMay 175.9 mphMay 175.9 mphNowNow
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 West Point varies throughout the year.

The wind is most often from the south for 4.4 months, from February 25 to July 7; for 5.0 days, from July 31 to August 5; and for 2.1 months, from October 21 to December 23, with a peak percentage of 46% on May 4. The wind is most often from the west for 3.4 weeks, from July 7 to July 31, with a peak percentage of 34% on July 15. The wind is most often from the north for 2.9 weeks, from August 5 to August 25; for 1.2 months, from September 15 to October 21; and for 2.1 months, from December 23 to February 25, with a peak percentage of 35% on September 29.

Wind Direction

Wind Direction in West PointNSWNENSJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%20%80%40%60%60%40%80%20%100%0%NowNowwestsouthnortheast
northeastsouthwest
The percentage of hours in which the mean wind direction is from each of the four cardinal wind directions, excluding hours in which the mean wind speed is less than 1.0 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 West Point 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 West Point for general outdoor tourist activities are from late April to mid June and from late August to mid October, with a peak score in the third week of September.

Tourism Score

Tourism Score in West Pointbest timebest timeJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec002244668810106.16.11.21.25.95.95.05.0NowNowprecipitationprecipitationcloudscloudstemperaturetemperature tourism 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 West Point for hot-weather activities is from early June to mid September, with a peak score in the last week of August.

Beach/Pool Score

Beach/Pool Score in West Pointbest timeJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec002244668810106.06.00.10.1NowNowprecipitationprecipitationcloudscloudstemperaturetemperature beach/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 West Point typically lasts for 7.7 months (235 days), from around March 19 to around November 10, rarely starting before February 24 or after April 11, and rarely ending before October 21 or after December 1.

Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season

Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in West Pointgrowing 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 1050%Nov 1090%Apr 1190%Apr 1190%Oct 2190%Oct 2110%Feb 2410%Feb 2410%Dec 110%Dec 1Jul 14100%Jul 14100%NowNowfreezingvery coldcoldcoolcomfortablewarmhotsweltering
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 percentage of time spent in various temperature bands. 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 West Point should appear around February 6, only rarely appearing before January 21 or after February 25.

Growing Degree Days

Growing Degree Days in West PointJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0°F0°F1,000°F1,000°F2,000°F2,000°F3,000°F3,000°F4,000°F4,000°F5,000°F5,000°FFeb 688°FFeb 688°FMay 5900°FMay 5900°FJun 141,800°FJun 141,800°FDec 315,486°FDec 315,486°FNowNow
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 4.7 months, from April 8 to August 31, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 5.8 kWh. The brightest day of the year is June 2, with an average of 6.6 kWh.

The darker period of the year lasts for 2.7 months, from November 13 to February 4, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 3.4 kWh. The darkest day of the year is December 25, with an average of 2.5 kWh.

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in West PointbrightdarkdarkJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 kWh0 kWh1 kWh1 kWh2 kWh2 kWh3 kWh3 kWh4 kWh4 kWh5 kWh5 kWh6 kWh6 kWh7 kWh7 kWh8 kWh8 kWh9 kWh9 kWhJun 26.6 kWhJun 26.6 kWhDec 252.5 kWhDec 252.5 kWhApr 85.8 kWhApr 85.8 kWhAug 315.8 kWhAug 315.8 kWhFeb 43.4 kWhFeb 43.4 kWhNowNow
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 West Point are 33.608 deg latitude, -88.650 deg longitude, and 223 ft elevation.

The topography within 2 miles of West Point is essentially flat, with a maximum elevation change of 89 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 229 feet. Within 10 miles is essentially flat (338 feet). Within 50 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (669 feet).

The area within 2 miles of West Point is covered by artificial surfaces (49%) and cropland (47%), within 10 miles by cropland (54%) and herbaceous vegetation (28%), and within 50 miles by trees (52%) and cropland (29%).

Data Sources

This report illustrates the typical weather in West Point, 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 3 weather stations near enough to contribute to our estimation of the temperature and dew point in West Point.

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

The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Golden Triangle Regional Airport (39%, 19 kilometers, south); Columbus Air Force Base (38%, 19 kilometers, east); and George M Bryan Airport (23%, 27 kilometers, southwest).

Other Data

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.

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 airports 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.