Average Weather in Tennant Creek Australia
In Tennant Creek, the summers are long, sweltering, and mostly cloudy and the winters are short, comfortable, dry, windy, and mostly clear. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 55°F to 97°F and is rarely below 48°F or above 105°F.
Based on the beach/pool score, the best time of year to visit Tennant Creek for hot-weather activities is from early October to late November.
The hot season lasts for 5.5 months, from October 10 to March 24, with an average daily high temperature above 93°F. The hottest day of the year is December 7, with an average high of 97°F and low of 78°F.
The cool season lasts for 2.4 months, from May 27 to August 9, with an average daily high temperature below 79°F. The coldest day of the year is July 4, with an average low of 55°F and high of 75°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 Tennant Creek, the average percentage of the sky covered by clouds experiences extreme seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The clearer part of the year in Tennant Creek begins around April 2 and lasts for 7.8 months, ending around November 25. On July 21, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 80% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 20% of the time.
The cloudier part of the year begins around November 25 and lasts for 4.2 months, ending around April 2. On January 24, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 70% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 30% 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 Tennant Creek varies throughout the year.
The wetter season lasts 3.9 months, from November 15 to March 13, with a greater than 14% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 28% on February 9.
The drier season lasts 8.1 months, from March 13 to November 15. The smallest chance of a wet day is 1% on August 1.
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 28% on February 9.
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. Tennant Creek experiences significant seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.
The rainy period of the year lasts for 6.4 months, from October 12 to April 26, with a sliding 31-day rainfall of at least 0.5 inches. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around February 3, with an average total accumulation of 4.0 inches.
The rainless period of the year lasts for 5.6 months, from April 26 to October 12. The least rain falls around August 2, with an average total accumulation of 0.1 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall
The length of the day in Tennant Creek varies over the course of the year. In 2017, the shortest day is June 21, with 10 hours, 57 minutes of daylight; the longest day is December 22, with 13 hours, 19 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight
The earliest sunrise is at 5:45 AM on November 27, and the latest sunrise is 1 hour, 23 minutes later at 7:08 AM on July 7. The earliest sunset is at 6:01 PM on June 5, and the latest sunset is 1 hour, 17 minutes later at 7:18 PM on January 16.
Daylight saving time (DST) is not observed in Tennant Creek during 2017.
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.
Tennant Creek experiences significant seasonal variation in the perceived humidity.
The muggier period of the year lasts for 4.6 months, from November 14 to April 2, during which time the comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable at least 11% of the time. The muggiest day of the year is February 10, with muggy conditions 46% of the time.
The least muggy day of the year is August 8, 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 Tennant Creek experiences mild seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The windier part of the year lasts for 7.5 months, from March 18 to November 4, with average wind speeds of more than 10.2 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is April 29, with an average hourly wind speed of 11.2 miles per hour.
The calmer time of year lasts for 4.5 months, from November 4 to March 18. The calmest day of the year is December 5, with an average hourly wind speed of 9.3 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed
The predominant average hourly wind direction in Tennant Creek is from the east throughout the year.
Best Time of Year to Visit
To characterize how pleasant the weather is in Tennant 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 times of year to visit Tennant Creek for general outdoor tourist activities are from mid April to late May and from mid August to late October, with a peak score in the second 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 Tennant Creek for hot-weather activities is from early October to late November, with a peak score in the last week of October.
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).
Temperatures in Tennant Creek are sufficiently warm year round that it is not entirely meaningful to discuss the growing season in these terms. We nevertheless include the chart below as an illustration of the distribution of temperatures experienced throughout the year.
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.
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 some seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The brighter period of the year lasts for 4.2 months, from September 27 to February 6, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 7.0 kWh. The brightest day of the year is October 31, with an average of 7.6 kWh.
The darker period of the year lasts for 2.6 months, from May 8 to July 27, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 5.4 kWh. The darkest day of the year is June 18, with an average of 4.9 kWh.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Tennant Creek are -19.650 deg latitude, 134.191 deg longitude, and 1,188 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Tennant Creek contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 223 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 1,204 feet. Within 10 miles also contains only modest variations in elevation (390 feet). Within 50 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (1,125 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Tennant Creek is covered by sparse vegetation (44%), trees (30%), and artificial surfaces (21%), within 10 miles by sparse vegetation (49%) and trees (40%), and within 50 miles by sparse vegetation (62%) and trees (28%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Tennant 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 is only a single weather station, Tennant Creek, in our network suitable to be used as a proxy for the historical temperature and dew point records of Tennant Creek.
At a distance of 2 kilometer from Tennant Creek, 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 Tennant Creek 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.