Average Weather in Okolona Mississippi, United States
In Okolona, 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 92°F and is rarely below 21°F or above 98°F.
Based on the tourism score, the best times of year to visit Okolona for warm-weather activities are from late April to mid June and from mid August to mid October.
The hot season lasts for 3.9 months, from May 25 to September 22, with an average daily high temperature above 84°F. The hottest day of the year is July 22, with an average high of 92°F and low of 72°F.
The cool season lasts for 2.9 months, from November 29 to February 24, 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 53°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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In Okolona, 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 Okolona begins around June 10 and lasts for 5.2 months, ending around November 17. 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 17 and lasts for 6.8 months, ending around June 10. 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
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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 Okolona varies throughout the year.
The wetter season lasts 8.8 months, from November 28 to August 21, with a greater than 31% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 40% on June 15.
The drier season lasts 3.2 months, from August 21 to November 28. The smallest chance of a wet day is 23% on October 7.
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 40% on June 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. Okolona experiences significant seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.
Rain falls throughout the year in Okolona. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around December 5, with an average total accumulation of 5.3 inches.
The least rain falls around August 22, with an average total accumulation of 2.7 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall
The sliding 31-day liquid-equivalent quantity of snowfall in Okolona 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
The length of the day in Okolona varies significantly over the course of the year. In 2021, the shortest day is December 21, with 9 hours, 53 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 20, with 14 hours, 25 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight
The earliest sunrise is at 5:43 AM on June 12, and the latest sunrise is 1 hour, 36 minutes later at 7:19 AM on November 6. The earliest sunset is at 4:45 PM on December 4, and the latest sunset is 3 hours, 25 minutes later at 8:10 PM on June 29.
Daylight saving time (DST) is observed in Okolona 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
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
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.
Okolona experiences extreme seasonal variation in the perceived humidity.
The muggier period of the year lasts for 4.6 months, from May 12 to September 29, 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 22, with muggy conditions 76% of the time.
The least muggy day of the year is January 16, with muggy conditions 1% of the time.
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 Okolona experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The windier part of the year lasts for 7.2 months, from October 12 to May 18, with average wind speeds of more than 7.0 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is March 2, with an average hourly wind speed of 8.9 miles per hour.
The calmer time of year lasts for 4.8 months, from May 18 to October 12. The calmest day of the year is July 28, with an average hourly wind speed of 5.2 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed
The predominant average hourly wind direction in Okolona varies throughout the year.
The wind is most often from the north for 1.8 months, from January 3 to February 25 and for 4.1 weeks, from September 16 to October 15, with a peak percentage of 34% on January 28. The wind is most often from the south for 4.4 months, from February 25 to July 6; for 2.4 weeks, from August 3 to August 20; and for 2.6 months, from October 15 to January 3, with a peak percentage of 45% on May 4. The wind is most often from the west for 4.0 weeks, from July 6 to August 3, with a peak percentage of 35% on July 15.
Best Time of Year to Visit
To characterize how pleasant the weather is in Okolona 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 Okolona for general outdoor tourist activities are from late April to mid June and from mid August to mid 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 Okolona for hot-weather activities is from early June to mid September, with a peak score in the second 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 Okolona typically lasts for 7.7 months (235 days), from around March 19 to around November 9, rarely starting before February 22 or after April 12, and rarely ending before October 20 or after December 1.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and 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 Okolona should appear around February 7, only rarely appearing before January 21 or after February 26.
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 significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The brighter period of the year lasts for 4.8 months, from April 8 to September 2, 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 3.3 kWh. The darkest day of the year is December 25, with an average of 2.5 kWh.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Okolona are 34.002 deg latitude, -88.755 deg longitude, and 335 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Okolona contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 112 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 314 feet. Within 10 miles also contains only modest variations in elevation (338 feet). Within 50 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (758 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Okolona is covered by cropland (87%) and artificial surfaces (13%), within 10 miles by cropland (77%) and trees (17%), and within 50 miles by trees (53%) and cropland (33%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Okolona, 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 Okolona.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Okolona 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 Okolona is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Okolona and a given station.
The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Monroe Co (44%, 28 kilometers, southeast); Tupelo Regional Airport (43%, 29 kilometers, north); and George M Bryan Airport (13%, 64 kilometers, south).
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.
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.