Average Weather in Chŏngju North Korea
In Chŏngju, the summers are long, warm, muggy, wet, and partly cloudy and the winters are short, freezing, dry, windy, and mostly clear. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 13°F to 82°F and is rarely below 3°F or above 87°F.
Based on the tourism score, the best times of year to visit Chŏngju for warm-weather activities are from late May to mid July and from mid August to late September.
The warm season lasts for 4.0 months, from May 26 to September 27, with an average daily high temperature above 71°F. The hottest day of the year is August 9, with an average high of 82°F and low of 72°F.
The cold season lasts for 3.0 months, from November 30 to February 27, with an average daily high temperature below 38°F. The coldest day of the year is January 18, with an average low of 13°F and high of 28°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
In Chŏngju, 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 Chŏngju begins around September 1 and lasts for 6.2 months, ending around March 7. On January 22, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 73% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 27% of the time.
The cloudier part of the year begins around March 7 and lasts for 5.8 months, ending around September 1. On July 23, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 50% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 50% of the time.
Cloud Cover Categories
A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. The chance of wet days in Chŏngju varies very significantly throughout the year.
The wetter season lasts 2.9 months, from June 13 to September 9, with a greater than 28% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 53% on July 25.
The drier season lasts 9.1 months, from September 9 to June 13. The smallest chance of a wet day is 2% 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 in Chŏngju changes throughout the year.
Rain alone is the most common for 11 months, from January 26 to December 24. The highest chance of a day with rain alone is 53% on July 25.
Snow alone is the most common for 1.1 months, from December 24 to January 26. The highest chance of a day with snow alone is 3% on January 3.
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. Chŏngju experiences extreme seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.
The rainy period of the year lasts for 9.6 months, from February 19 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 26, with an average total accumulation of 11.0 inches.
The rainless period of the year lasts for 2.4 months, from December 8 to February 19. The least rain falls around January 16, with an average total accumulation of 0.1 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall
The sliding 31-day liquid-equivalent quantity of snowfall in Chŏngju 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 Chŏngju varies significantly over the course of the year. In 2018, the shortest day is December 22, with 9 hours, 22 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 21, with 14 hours, 59 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight
The earliest sunrise is at 4:40 AM on June 15, and the latest sunrise is 2 hours, 50 minutes later at 7:30 AM on January 6. The earliest sunset is at 4:44 PM on December 8, and the latest sunset is 2 hours, 56 minutes later at 7:41 PM on June 28.
Daylight saving time (DST) is not observed in Chŏngju during 2018.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight
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.
Chŏngju experiences extreme seasonal variation in the perceived humidity.
The muggier period of the year lasts for 3.0 months, from June 14 to September 14, during which time the comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable at least 23% of the time. The muggiest day of the year is August 3, with muggy conditions 92% of the time.
The least muggy day of the year is March 1, when muggy conditions are essentially unheard of.
Humidity Comfort Levels
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 Chŏngju experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The windier part of the year lasts for 7.1 months, from October 10 to May 13, with average wind speeds of more than 8.5 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is December 16, with an average hourly wind speed of 10.1 miles per hour.
The calmer time of year lasts for 4.9 months, from May 13 to October 10. The calmest day of the year is June 25, with an average hourly wind speed of 6.9 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed
The predominant average hourly wind direction in Chŏngju varies throughout the year.
The wind is most often from the south for 4.2 months, from April 6 to August 13, with a peak percentage of 42% on July 22. The wind is most often from the east for 4.1 weeks, from August 13 to September 11, with a peak percentage of 34% on August 21. The wind is most often from the north for 6.8 months, from September 11 to April 6, with a peak percentage of 61% on January 1.
Chŏngju 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 extreme seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The time of year with warmer water lasts for 3.4 months, from June 27 to October 6, with an average temperature above 67°F. The day of the year with the warmest water is August 21, with an average temperature of 76°F.
The time of year with cooler water lasts for 3.3 months, from December 26 to April 6, with an average temperature below 41°F. The day of the year with the coolest water is February 17, with an average temperature of 33°F.
Average Water Temperature
Best Time of Year to Visit
To characterize how pleasant the weather is in Chŏngju 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 Chŏngju 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 first 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 Chŏngju for hot-weather activities is from mid July to late August, 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 Chŏngju typically lasts for 7.3 months (223 days), from around March 27 to around November 6, rarely starting before March 12 or after April 12, and rarely ending before October 20 or after November 22.
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 Chŏngju should appear around April 26, only rarely appearing before April 17 or after May 4.
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 3.0 months, from April 23 to July 23, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 5.7 kWh. The brightest day of the year is May 31, with an average of 6.5 kWh.
The darker period of the year lasts for 3.0 months, from November 2 to February 1, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 3.0 kWh. The darkest day of the year is December 19, with an average of 2.2 kWh.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Chŏngju are 39.693 deg latitude, 125.210 deg longitude, and 92 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Chŏngju contains significant variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 525 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 100 feet. Within 10 miles contains significant variations in elevation (1,804 feet). Within 50 miles contains very significant variations in elevation (4,278 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Chŏngju is covered by sparse vegetation (40%), cropland (31%), and bare soil (26%), within 10 miles by cropland (33%) and sparse vegetation (30%), and within 50 miles by water (32%) and cropland (20%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Chŏngju, 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 is only a single weather station, Pyongyang Sunan International Airport, in our network suitable to be used as a proxy for the historical temperature and dew point records of Chŏngju.
At a distance of 66 kilometers from Chŏngju, closer than our threshold of 150 kilometers, this station is deemed sufficiently nearby to be relied upon as our primary source for temperature and dew point records.
The station records are corrected for the elevation difference between the station and Chŏngju according to the International Standard Atmosphere , and by the relative change present in the MERRA-2 satellite-era reanalysis between the two locations.
Please note that the station records themselves may additionally have been back-filled using other nearby stations or the MERRA-2 reanalysis.
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.
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.