Climate and Average Weather Year Round in Earlington Kentucky, United States
In Earlington, the summers are long, hot, and muggy; the winters are very cold and wet; and it is partly cloudy year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 28°F to 88°F and is rarely below 12°F or above 94°F.
Based on the tourism score, the best times of year to visit Earlington for warm-weather activities are from mid May to late June and from late July to early October.
Climate in Earlington
Average Temperature in Earlington
The hot season lasts for 3.9 months, from May 25 to September 21, with an average daily high temperature above 79°F. The hottest day of the year is July 21, with an average high of 88°F and low of 70°F.
The cold season lasts for 3.0 months, from November 29 to February 28, with an average daily high temperature below 52°F. The coldest day of the year is January 29, with an average low of 28°F and high of 44°F.
Average High and Low Temperature in Earlington
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 Earlington
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In Earlington, 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 Earlington begins around June 16 and lasts for 4.6 months, ending around November 4. On August 23, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 70% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 30% of the time.
The cloudier part of the year begins around November 4 and lasts for 7.4 months, ending around June 16. On December 25, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 54% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 46% of the time.
Cloud Cover Categories in Earlington
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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 Earlington varies throughout the year.
The wetter season lasts 4.6 months, from March 18 to August 6, with a greater than 32% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 41% on June 9.
The drier season lasts 7.4 months, from August 6 to March 18. The smallest chance of a wet day is 23% on January 27.
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 41% on June 9.
Daily Chance of Precipitation in Earlington
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. Earlington experiences significant seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.
Rain falls throughout the year in Earlington. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around May 2, with an average total accumulation of 4.8 inches.
The least rain falls around August 23, with an average total accumulation of 2.5 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall in Earlington
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. Earlington experiences some seasonal variation in monthly liquid-equivalent snowfall.
The snowy period of the year lasts for 3.5 months, from November 30 to March 15, 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 30, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 0.3 inches.
The snowless period of the year lasts for 8.5 months, from March 15 to November 30. The least snow falls around July 14, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 0.0 inches.
Average Liquid-Equivalent Monthly Snowfall in Earlington
The length of the day in Earlington varies significantly over the course of the year. In 2021, the shortest day is December 21, with 9 hours, 36 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 20, with 14 hours, 44 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight in Earlington
The earliest sunrise is at 5:29 AM on June 13, and the latest sunrise is 1 hour, 51 minutes later at 7:20 AM on November 6. The earliest sunset is at 4:32 PM on December 5, and the latest sunset is 3 hours, 42 minutes later at 8:14 PM on June 28.
Daylight saving time (DST) is observed in Earlington 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 in Earlington
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 in Earlington
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.
Earlington experiences extreme seasonal variation in the perceived humidity.
The muggier period of the year lasts for 4.3 months, from May 16 to September 24, during which time the comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable at least 19% of the time. The muggiest day of the year is July 23, with muggy conditions 78% of the time.
The least muggy day of the year is January 12, when muggy conditions are essentially unheard of.
Humidity Comfort Levels in Earlington
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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 Earlington experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The windier part of the year lasts for 6.9 months, from October 20 to May 17, with average wind speeds of more than 7.3 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is March 2, with an average hourly wind speed of 9.4 miles per hour.
The calmer time of year lasts for 5.1 months, from May 17 to October 20. The calmest day of the year is July 31, with an average hourly wind speed of 5.2 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed in Earlington
The predominant average hourly wind direction in Earlington varies throughout the year.
The wind is most often from the north for 1.1 weeks, from February 12 to February 20 and for 1.1 months, from July 28 to August 31, with a peak percentage of 32% on August 7. The wind is most often from the south for 4.7 months, from February 20 to July 11 and for 5.4 months, from August 31 to February 12, with a peak percentage of 42% on May 15. The wind is most often from the west for 2.4 weeks, from July 11 to July 28, with a peak percentage of 32% on July 14.
Wind Direction in Earlington
Best Time of Year to Visit
To characterize how pleasant the weather is in Earlington 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 Earlington for general outdoor tourist activities are from mid May to late June and from late July to early October, with a peak score in the first week of September.
Tourism Score in Earlington
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 Earlington for hot-weather activities is from mid June to early September, with a peak score in the first week of August.
Beach/Pool Score in Earlington
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 Earlington typically lasts for 6.8 months (210 days), from around April 4 to around October 31, rarely starting before March 14 or after April 22, and rarely ending before October 13 or after November 18.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in Earlington
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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 Earlington should appear around March 7, only rarely appearing before February 17 or after March 26.
Growing Degree Days in Earlington
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 4.4 months, from April 21 to September 1, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 5.8 kWh. The brightest day of the year is July 20, with an average of 6.7 kWh.
The darker period of the year lasts for 3.0 months, from November 9 to February 8, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 3.0 kWh. The darkest day of the year is December 25, with an average of 2.1 kWh.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in Earlington
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Earlington are 37.274 deg latitude, -87.512 deg longitude, and 423 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Earlington contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 276 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 479 feet. Within 10 miles also contains only modest variations in elevation (381 feet). Within 50 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (594 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Earlington is covered by trees (53%), artificial surfaces (27%), and cropland (19%), within 10 miles by trees (52%) and cropland (30%), and within 50 miles by cropland (54%) and trees (39%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Earlington, 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 6 weather stations near enough to contribute to our estimation of the temperature and dew point in Earlington.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Earlington 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 Earlington is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Earlington and a given station.
The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Henderson City-County Airport (KEHR, 24%, 60 kilometers, north); Owensboro–Daviess County Regional Airport (KOWB, 24%, 61 kilometers, northeast); Fort Campbell U. S. Army Airfield (KHOP, 20%, 68 kilometers, south); Murray-Calloway County Airport (KCEY, 11%, 102 kilometers, southwest); Bowling Green-Warren County Regional Airport (KBWG, 11%, 103 kilometers, east); and Metropolis Municipal Airport (KM30, 10%, 110 kilometers, west).
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.