Climate and Average Weather Year Round in Sariwŏn North Korea
In Sariwŏn, the summers are long, warm, humid, wet, and partly cloudy and the winters are short, freezing, dry, and mostly clear. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 14°F to 87°F and is rarely below 3°F or above 94°F.
Based on the tourism score, the best times of year to visit Sariwŏn for warm-weather activities are from late May to mid July and from mid August to late September.
Climate in Sariwŏn
Average Temperature in Sariwŏn
The hot season lasts for 4.3 months, from May 13 to September 23, with an average daily high temperature above 76°F. The hottest day of the year is August 2, with an average high of 87°F and low of 72°F.
The cold season lasts for 2.9 months, from November 29 to February 25, with an average daily high temperature below 42°F. The coldest day of the year is January 18, with an average low of 14°F and high of 30°F.
Average High and Low Temperature in Sariwŏn
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 Sariwŏn
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In Sariwŏn, 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 Sariwŏn begins around September 5 and lasts for 6.1 months, ending around March 7. On October 19, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 71% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 29% of the time.
The cloudier part of the year begins around March 7 and lasts for 5.9 months, ending around September 5. On July 24, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 52% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 48% of the time.
Cloud Cover Categories in Sariwŏn
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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 Sariwŏn varies significantly throughout the year.
The wetter season lasts 2.8 months, from June 17 to September 9, with a greater than 26% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 49% on July 23.
The drier season lasts 9.2 months, from September 9 to June 17. The smallest chance of a wet day is 3% on January 28.
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 Sariwŏn changes throughout the year.
Rain alone is the most common for 11 months, from January 26 to December 27. The highest chance of a day with rain alone is 49% on July 23.
Snow alone is the most common for 4.3 weeks, from December 27 to January 26. The highest chance of a day with snow alone is 3% on January 8.
Daily Chance of Precipitation in Sariwŏn
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. Sariwŏn experiences extreme seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.
The rainy period of the year lasts for 9.8 months, from February 16 to December 8, with a sliding 31-day rainfall of at least 0.5 inches. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around July 25, with an average total accumulation of 9.6 inches.
The rainless period of the year lasts for 2.2 months, from December 8 to February 16. The least rain falls around January 18, with an average total accumulation of 0.1 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall in Sariwŏn
The sliding 31-day liquid-equivalent quantity of snowfall in Sariwŏn 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 in Sariwŏn
The length of the day in Sariwŏn varies significantly over the course of the year. In 2021, the shortest day is December 22, with 9 hours, 29 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 21, with 14 hours, 51 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight in Sariwŏn
The earliest sunrise is at 5:12 AM on June 14, and the latest sunrise is 2 hours, 43 minutes later at 7:54 AM on January 5. The earliest sunset is at 5:15 PM on December 7, and the latest sunset is 2 hours, 49 minutes later at 8:05 PM on June 28.
Daylight saving time (DST) is not observed in Sariwŏn during 2021.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight in Sariwŏn
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 Sariwŏn
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.
Sariwŏn experiences extreme seasonal variation in the perceived humidity.
The muggier period of the year lasts for 2.8 months, from June 19 to September 13, during which time the comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable at least 22% of the time. The muggiest day of the year is August 3, with muggy conditions 90% of the time.
The least muggy day of the year is December 12, when muggy conditions are essentially unheard of.
Humidity Comfort Levels in Sariwŏn
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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 Sariwŏn experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The windier part of the year lasts for 7.0 months, from October 26 to May 26, with average wind speeds of more than 8.2 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is March 5, with an average hourly wind speed of 9.8 miles per hour.
The calmer time of year lasts for 5.0 months, from May 26 to October 26. The calmest day of the year is September 14, with an average hourly wind speed of 6.6 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed in Sariwŏn
The predominant average hourly wind direction in Sariwŏn varies throughout the year.
The wind is most often from the west for 1.1 months, from March 23 to April 25, with a peak percentage of 35% on April 9. The wind is most often from the south for 3.6 months, from April 25 to August 14, with a peak percentage of 44% on July 22. The wind is most often from the north for 6.4 months, from September 11 to March 23, with a peak percentage of 56% on January 1.
Wind Direction in Sariwŏn
Sariwŏn is located near a large body of water (e.g., ocean, sea, or large lake). This section reports on the wide-area average surface temperature of that water.
The average water temperature experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The time of year with warmer water lasts for 3.4 months, from June 29 to October 10, with an average temperature above 67°F. The day of the year with the warmest water is August 17, with an average temperature of 74°F.
The time of year with cooler water lasts for 3.4 months, from January 1 to April 14, with an average temperature below 45°F. The day of the year with the coolest water is February 21, with an average temperature of 37°F.
Average Water Temperature in Sariwŏn
Best Time of Year to Visit
To characterize how pleasant the weather is in Sariwŏn 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 Sariwŏn for general outdoor tourist activities are from late May to mid July and from mid August to late September, with a peak score in the third week of June.
Tourism Score in Sariwŏn
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 Sariwŏn for hot-weather activities is from mid July to late August, with a peak score in the first week of August.
Beach/Pool Score in Sariwŏn
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 Sariwŏn typically lasts for 6.9 months (211 days), from around April 4 to around November 1, rarely starting before March 20 or after April 19, and rarely ending before October 15 or after November 18.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in Sariwŏn
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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 Sariwŏn should appear around April 12, only rarely appearing before April 4 or after April 22.
Growing Degree Days in Sariwŏn
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 3.2 months, from April 18 to July 24, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 5.7 kWh. The brightest day of the year is June 1, with an average of 6.6 kWh.
The darker period of the year lasts for 2.9 months, from November 5 to February 1, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 3.1 kWh. The darkest day of the year is December 19, with an average of 2.2 kWh.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in Sariwŏn
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Sariwŏn are 38.507 deg latitude, 125.756 deg longitude, and 66 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Sariwŏn contains significant variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 495 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 101 feet. Within 10 miles contains significant variations in elevation (2,323 feet). Within 50 miles contains large variations in elevation (4,400 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Sariwŏn is covered by cropland (36%), sparse vegetation (25%), bare soil (19%), and trees (14%), within 10 miles by cropland (39%) and bare soil (19%), and within 50 miles by cropland (33%) and trees (22%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Sariwŏn, 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 4 weather stations near enough to contribute to our estimation of the temperature and dew point in Sariwŏn.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Sariwŏn 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 Sariwŏn is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Sariwŏn and a given station.
The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Pyongyang Sunan International Airport (ZKPY, 32%, 80 kilometers, north); Yeonpyeungdo (RKSQ, 27%, 90 kilometers, south); Pyoripsan (RKSV, 23%, 97 kilometers, southeast); and Paengnyongdo Ab (RKSP, 18%, 115 kilometers, southwest).
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.