Average Weather in Dawson Creek Canada
In Dawson Creek, the summers are comfortable and partly cloudy and the winters are freezing, snowy, and mostly cloudy. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 6°F to 73°F and is rarely below -20°F or above 83°F.
Based on the tourism score, the best time of year to visit Dawson Creek for warm-weather activities is from early July to mid August.
The warm season lasts for 3.8 months, from May 19 to September 13, with an average daily high temperature above 62°F. The hottest day of the year is July 30, with an average high of 73°F and low of 52°F.
The cold season lasts for 3.5 months, from November 14 to February 28, with an average daily high temperature below 30°F. The coldest day of the year is January 11, with an average low of 6°F and high of 19°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 Dawson Creek, 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 Dawson Creek begins around April 28 and lasts for 5.3 months, ending around October 5. On August 3, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 56% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 44% of the time.
The cloudier part of the year begins around October 5 and lasts for 6.7 months, ending around April 28. On February 20, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 71% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 29% 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 Dawson Creek varies throughout the year.
The wetter season lasts 5.7 months, from May 21 to November 11, with a greater than 21% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 30% on June 21.
The drier season lasts 6.3 months, from November 11 to May 21. The smallest chance of a wet day is 12% on April 6.
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 Dawson Creek changes throughout the year.
Rain alone is the most common for 6.9 months, from April 3 to October 31. The highest chance of a day with rain alone is 30% on June 21.
Snow alone is the most common for 5.1 months, from October 31 to April 3. The highest chance of a day with snow alone is 15% on January 13.
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. Dawson Creek experiences significant seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.
The rainy period of the year lasts for 6.7 months, from April 11 to November 2, with a sliding 31-day rainfall of at least 0.5 inches. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around June 28, with an average total accumulation of 2.8 inches.
The rainless period of the year lasts for 5.3 months, from November 2 to April 11. The least rain falls around February 14, with an average total accumulation of 0.1 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall
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. Dawson Creek experiences some seasonal variation in monthly liquid-equivalent snowfall.
The snowy period of the year lasts for 6.9 months, from September 28 to April 25, with a sliding 31-day liquid-equivalent snowfall of at least 0.1 inches. The most snow falls during the 31 days centered around November 22, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 0.7 inches.
The snowless period of the year lasts for 5.1 months, from April 25 to September 28. The least snow falls around July 1, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 0.0 inches.
Average Liquid-Equivalent Monthly Snowfall
The length of the day in Dawson Creek varies extremely over the course of the year. In 2018, the shortest day is December 21, with 7 hours, 0 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 21, with 17 hours, 34 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight
The earliest sunrise is at 4:15 AM on June 18, and the latest sunrise is 5 hours, 15 minutes later at 9:31 AM on December 28. The earliest sunset is at 4:27 PM on December 14, and the latest sunset is 5 hours, 22 minutes later at 9:49 PM on June 23.
Daylight saving time (DST) is not observed in Dawson Creek during 2018.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight
The perceived humidity level in Dawson Creek, as measured by the percentage of time in which the humidity comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable, does not vary significantly over the course of the year, remaining a virtually constant 0% throughout.
Humidity Comfort Levels
The average hourly wind speed in Dawson Creek experiences mild seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The windier part of the year lasts for 7.7 months, from September 25 to May 15, with average wind speeds of more than 5.7 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is April 13, with an average hourly wind speed of 6.3 miles per hour.
The calmer time of year lasts for 4.3 months, from May 15 to September 25. The calmest day of the year is August 1, with an average hourly wind speed of 5.0 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed
The predominant average hourly wind direction in Dawson Creek is from the west throughout the year.
Best Time of Year to Visit
To characterize how pleasant the weather is in Dawson Creek 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 time of year to visit Dawson Creek for general outdoor tourist activities is from early July to mid August, with a peak score in the last week of July.
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 Dawson Creek for hot-weather activities is from mid July to mid August, with a peak score in the first 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.
The growing season in Dawson Creek typically lasts for 4.5 months (138 days), from around May 9 to around September 24, rarely starting before April 19 or after May 28, and rarely ending before September 3 or after October 12.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season
Based on growing degree days alone, the first spring blooms in Dawson Creek should appear around May 18, only rarely appearing before May 5 or after May 31.
Growing Degree Days
The average daily incident shortwave solar energy experiences extreme seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The brighter period of the year lasts for 3.6 months, from April 29 to August 17, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 5.2 kWh. The brightest day of the year is June 28, with an average of 6.3 kWh.
The darker period of the year lasts for 3.9 months, from October 22 to February 17, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 1.7 kWh. The darkest day of the year is December 19, with an average of 0.5 kWh.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Dawson Creek are 55.760 deg latitude, -120.240 deg longitude, and 2,290 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Dawson Creek contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 463 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 2,267 feet. Within 10 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (1,450 feet). Within 50 miles contains very significant variations in elevation (4,213 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Dawson Creek is covered by cropland (52%), sparse vegetation (28%), and artificial surfaces (19%), within 10 miles by cropland (58%) and trees (28%), and within 50 miles by trees (59%) and cropland (30%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Dawson Creek, 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 5 weather stations near enough to contribute to our estimation of the temperature and dew point in Dawson Creek.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Dawson Creek 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 Dawson Creek is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Dawson Creek and a given station.
The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Fort St. John Airport (29%, 62 kilometers, northwest); Spirit River Auto Station, Alta (23%, 64 kilometers, east); Cleardale AGDM (25%, 68 kilometers, northeast); Beaverlodge (19%, 82 kilometers, southeast); and Mackenzie Airport (5%, 189 kilometers, west).
Time zones for aiports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .