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Average Weather at Tacoma Narrows Airport Washington, United States

At Tacoma Narrows Airport, the summers are short, warm, dry, and partly cloudy and the winters are long, very cold, wet, and mostly cloudy. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 38°F to 78°F and is rarely below 29°F or above 87°F.

Climate Summary

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Based on the tourism score, the best time of year to visit Tacoma Narrows Airport for warm-weather activities is from mid July to late August.

Temperature

The warm season lasts for 2.7 months, from June 23 to September 13, with an average daily high temperature above 71°F. The hottest day of the year is August 3, with an average high of 78°F and low of 57°F.

The cool season lasts for 3.8 months, from November 12 to March 5, with an average daily high temperature below 52°F. The coldest day of the year is January 1, with an average low of 38°F and high of 46°F.

Average High and Low Temperature

The daily average high (red line) and low (blue line) temperature, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands. The thin dotted lines are the corresponding average perceived temperatures.

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

Average Hourly Temperature at Tacoma Narrows AirportJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec12 AM4 AM8 AM12 PM4 PM8 PM12 AMvery coldvery coldcoldcoldcoolcomfortable
The average hourly temperature, color coded into bands: frigid < 15°F < freezing < 32°F < very cold < 45°F < cold < 55°F < cool < 65°F < comfortable < 75°F < warm < 85°F < hot < 95°F < sweltering. The shaded overlays indicate night and civil twilight.

Rennes, France (4,959 miles away) is the far-away foreign place with temperatures most similar to Tacoma Narrows Airport (view comparison).

Clouds

At Tacoma Narrows Airport, 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 at Tacoma Narrows Airport begins around June 12 and lasts for 3.9 months, ending around October 8. On August 3, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 77% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 23% of the time.

The cloudier part of the year begins around October 8 and lasts for 8.1 months, ending around June 12. On January 16, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 74% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 26% of the time.

Cloud Cover Categories

Cloud Cover Categories at Tacoma Narrows AirportclearercloudiercloudierJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%Aug 377%Aug 377%Jan 1626%Jan 1626%Jun 1251%Jun 1251%Oct 852%Oct 852%clearmostly cloudyovercastpartly cloudymostly clear
The percentage of time spent in each cloud cover band, categorized by the percentage of the sky covered by clouds: clear < 20% < mostly clear < 40% < partly cloudy < 60% < mostly cloudy < 80% < overcast.

Precipitation

A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. The chance of wet days at Tacoma Narrows Airport varies significantly throughout the year.

The wetter season lasts 6.7 months, from October 10 to May 1, with a greater than 32% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 57% on November 18.

The drier season lasts 5.3 months, from May 1 to October 10. The smallest chance of a wet day is 7% on August 3.

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 56% on November 18.

Daily Chance of Precipitation

Daily Chance of Precipitation at Tacoma Narrows AirportwetwetdryJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%10%20%30%40%50%60%70%80%90%100%Nov 1857%Nov 1857%Aug 37%Aug 37%Jan 150%Jan 150%Oct 1032%Oct 1032%May 132%May 132%rain
The percentage of days in which various types of precipitation are observed, excluding trace quantities: rain alone, snow alone, and mixed (both rain and snow fell in the same day).

Rainfall

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. Tacoma Narrows Airport experiences extreme seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.

Rain falls throughout the year at Tacoma Narrows Airport. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around November 23, with an average total accumulation of 8.2 inches.

The least rain falls around July 29, with an average total accumulation of 0.5 inches.

Average Monthly Rainfall

Average Monthly Rainfall at Tacoma Narrows AirportJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 in2 in4 in6 in8 in10 in12 in14 inNov 238.2 inNov 238.2 inJul 290.5 inJul 290.5 in
The average rainfall (solid line) accumulated over the course of a sliding 31-day period centered on the day in question, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands. The thin dotted line is the corresponding average liquid-equivalent snowfall.

Snowfall

The sliding 31-day liquid-equivalent quantity of snowfall at Tacoma Narrows Airport 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

Average Liquid-Equivalent Monthly Snowfall at Tacoma Narrows AirportJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 in2 in4 in6 in8 inDec 300.2 inDec 300.2 inJul 120.0 inJul 120.0 inJan 220.1 inJan 220.1 in
The average liquid-equivalent snowfall (solid line) accumulated over the course of a sliding 31-day period centered on the day in question, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands. The thin dotted line is the corresponding average rainfall.

Sun

The length of the day at Tacoma Narrows Airport varies significantly over the course of the year. In 2017, the shortest day is December 21, with 8 hours, 28 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 20, with 15 hours, 56 minutes of daylight.

Hours of Daylight and Twilight

Hours of Daylight and Twilight at Tacoma Narrows AirportJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 hr24 hr4 hr20 hr8 hr16 hr12 hr12 hr16 hr8 hr20 hr4 hr24 hr0 hr12 hr, 8 minMar 2012 hr, 8 minMar 2015 hr, 56 minJun 2015 hr, 56 minJun 2012 hr, 10 minSep 2212 hr, 10 minSep 228 hr, 28 minDec 218 hr, 28 minDec 21nightnightday
The number of hours during which the Sun is visible (black line). From bottom (most yellow) to top (most gray), the color bands indicate: full daylight, twilight (civil, nautical, and astronomical), and full night.

The earliest sunrise is at 5:13 AM on June 15, and the latest sunrise is 2 hours, 45 minutes later at 7:58 AM on November 4. The earliest sunset is at 4:19 PM on December 11, and the latest sunset is 4 hours, 51 minutes later at 9:10 PM on June 25.

Daylight saving time (DST) is observed at Tacoma Narrows Airport during 2017, starting in the spring on March 12, lasting 7.8 months, and ending in the fall on November 5.

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time at Tacoma Narrows AirportJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec12 AM2 AM4 AM6 AM8 AM10 AM12 PM2 PM4 PM6 PM8 PM10 PM12 AMJun 155:13 AMJun 155:13 AM9:10 PMJun 259:10 PMJun 25Dec 114:19 PMDec 114:19 PM7:58 AMNov 47:58 AMNov 4Mar 12DSTMar 12DSTDSTNov 5DSTNov 5daynightnightnightnightSolarMidnightSolarMidnightSolarNoonSunriseSunset
The solar day over the course of the year 2017. From bottom to top, the black lines are the previous solar midnight, sunrise, solar noon, sunset, and the next solar midnight. The day, twilights (civil, nautical, and astronomical), and night are indicated by the color bands from yellow to gray. The transitions to and from daylight saving time are indicated by the 'DST' labels.

Humidity

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.

The perceived humidity level at Tacoma Narrows Airport, 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

Humidity Comfort Levels at Tacoma Narrows AirportJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%10%20%30%40%50%60%70%80%90%100%Feb 40%Feb 40%Aug 60%Aug 60%drydrycomfortablecomfortable
The percentage of time spent at various humidity comfort levels, categorized by dew point: dry < 55°F < comfortable < 60°F < humid < 65°F < muggy < 70°F < oppressive < 75°F < miserable.

Wind

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 at Tacoma Narrows Airport experiences mild seasonal variation over the course of the year.

The windier part of the year lasts for 6.4 months, from October 14 to April 26, with average wind speeds of more than 4.1 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is November 30, with an average hourly wind speed of 5.2 miles per hour.

The calmer time of year lasts for 5.6 months, from April 26 to October 14. The calmest day of the year is August 2, with an average hourly wind speed of 3.0 miles per hour.

Average Wind Speed

Average Wind Speed at Tacoma Narrows AirportwindywindyJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 mph1 mph2 mph3 mph4 mph5 mph6 mph7 mph8 mph9 mphNov 305.2 mphNov 305.2 mphAug 23.0 mphAug 23.0 mphOct 144.1 mphOct 144.1 mphApr 264.1 mphApr 264.1 mph
The average of mean hourly wind speeds (dark gray line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

The predominant average hourly wind direction at Tacoma Narrows Airport varies throughout the year.

The wind is most often from the west for 2.9 weeks, from June 18 to July 8, with a peak percentage of 36% on June 20. The wind is most often from the north for 2.5 months, from July 8 to September 24, with a peak percentage of 41% on August 5. The wind is most often from the south for 8.8 months, from September 24 to June 18, with a peak percentage of 59% on January 1.

Wind Direction

Wind Direction at Tacoma Narrows AirportSWNSJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%20%80%40%60%60%40%80%20%100%0%westsouthnortheast
The percentage of hours in which the mean wind direction is from each of the four cardinal wind directions (north, east, south, and west), excluding hours in which the mean wind speed is less than 1 mph. The lightly tinted areas at the boundaries are the percentage of hours spent in the implied intermediate directions (northeast, southeast, southwest, and northwest).

Water Temperature

Tacoma Narrows Airport 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 some seasonal variation over the course of the year.

The time of year with warmer water lasts for 3.1 months, from June 24 to September 29, with an average temperature above 55°F. The day of the year with the warmest water is August 22, with an average temperature of 57°F.

The time of year with cooler water lasts for 4.0 months, from December 11 to April 12, with an average temperature below 49°F. The day of the year with the coolest water is February 10, with an average temperature of 47°F.

Average Water Temperature

Average Water Temperature at Tacoma Narrows AirportwarmcoolcoolJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec42°F44°F46°F48°F50°F52°F54°F56°F58°F60°F62°FAug 2257°FAug 2257°F47°FFeb 1047°FFeb 10Jun 2455°FJun 2455°FSep 2955°FSep 2955°FDec 1149°FDec 1149°FApr 1249°FApr 1249°F
The daily average water temperature (purple line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

Best Time of Year to Visit

To characterize how pleasant the weather is at Tacoma Narrows Airport 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 Tacoma Narrows Airport for general outdoor tourist activities is from mid July to late August, with a peak score in the first week of August.

Tourism Score

Tourism Score at Tacoma Narrows Airportbest timeJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec02468106.96.90.10.1 precipitationprecipitationcloudscloudstemperaturetemperaturetourism score
The tourism score (filled area), and its constituents: the temperature score (red line), the cloud cover score (blue line), and the precipitation score (green line).

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 Tacoma Narrows Airport for hot-weather activities is from mid July to mid August, with a peak score in the first week of August.

Beach/Pool Score

Beach/Pool Score at Tacoma Narrows AirportJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec02468101.71.70.00.0precipitationprecipitationcloudscloudstemperaturetemperature
The beach/pool score (filled area), and its constituents: the temperature score (red line), the cloud cover score (blue line), and the precipitation score (green line).

Methodology

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.

Growing Season

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 at Tacoma Narrows Airport typically lasts for 9.6 months (291 days), from around February 17 to around December 4, rarely starting before January 12 or after March 14, and rarely ending before November 11 or after January 1.

Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season

Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season at Tacoma Narrows Airportgrowing seasonJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%50%Feb 1750%Feb 1750%Dec 450%Dec 490%Mar 1490%Mar 1490%Nov 1190%Nov 1110%Jan 1210%Jan 1210%Jan 110%Jan 1Jul 11100%Jul 11100%very coldcoldcoolcomfortablewarm
The percentage of time spent in various temperature bands: frigid < 15°F < freezing < 32°F < very cold < 45°F < cold < 55°F < cool < 65°F < comfortable < 75°F < warm < 85°F < hot < 95°F < sweltering. The black line is the percentage chance that a given day is within 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 at Tacoma Narrows Airport should appear around April 18, only rarely appearing before March 29 or after May 6.

Growing Degree Days

The average growing degree days accumulated over the course of the year, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

Solar Energy

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 extreme seasonal variation over the course of the year.

The brighter period of the year lasts for 3.2 months, from May 17 to August 24, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 5.6 kWh. The brightest day of the year is July 21, with an average of 6.8 kWh.

The darker period of the year lasts for 3.8 months, from October 25 to February 19, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 2.1 kWh. The darkest day of the year is December 26, with an average of 0.9 kWh.

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy at Tacoma Narrows AirportbrightdarkdarkJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 kWh1 kWh2 kWh3 kWh4 kWh5 kWh6 kWh7 kWh8 kWh9 kWhJul 216.8 kWhJul 216.8 kWhDec 260.9 kWhDec 260.9 kWhMay 175.6 kWhMay 175.6 kWhAug 245.6 kWhAug 245.6 kWhOct 252.1 kWhOct 252.1 kWhFeb 192.1 kWhFeb 192.1 kWh
The average daily shortwave solar energy reaching the ground per square meter (orange line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

Topography

For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Tacoma Narrows Airport are 47.268 deg latitude, -122.578 deg longitude, and 112 ft elevation.

The topography within 2 miles of Tacoma Narrows Airport contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 331 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 93 feet. Within 10 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (538 feet). Within 50 miles contains significant variations in elevation (14,383 feet).

The area within 2 miles of Tacoma Narrows Airport is covered by water (56%), artificial surfaces (24%), and trees (12%), within 10 miles by water (37%) and artificial surfaces (34%), and within 50 miles by trees (53%) and shrubs (15%).

Data Sources

This report illustrates the typical weather at Tacoma Narrows Airport, 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

Tacoma Narrows Airport has a weather station that reported reliably enough during the analysis period that we have included it in our network. When available, historical temperature and dew point measurements are taken directly from this weather station. These records are obtained from NOAA's Integrated Surface Hourly data set, falling back on ICAO METAR records as required.

In the case of missing or erroneous measurements from this station, we fall back on records from nearby stations, adjusted according to typical seasonal and diurnal intra-station differences. For a given day of the year and hour of the day, the fallback station is selected to minimize the prediction error over the years for which there are measurements for both stations.

The stations on which we may fall back include but are not limited to McChord Field Airport (Joint Base Lewis-McChord), Madigan Hospital Heliport, Bremerton National Airport, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, Pierce County Airport Thun Field, King County International Airport, Renton Municipal Airport, and Olympia Regional Airport.

Other Data

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.

Disclaimer

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.