Average Weather at Three Hills Canada
At Three Hills, the summers are long and comfortable; the winters are freezing, dry, and windy; and it is partly cloudy year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 4°F to 76°F and is rarely below -20°F or above 86°F.
Based on the tourism score, the best time of year to visit Three Hills for warm-weather activities is from early July to mid August.
The warm season lasts for 3.9 months, from May 20 to September 17, with an average daily high temperature above 65°F. The hottest day of the year is August 4, with an average high of 76°F and low of 50°F.
The cold season lasts for 3.5 months, from November 19 to March 4, with an average daily high temperature below 32°F. The coldest day of the year is January 4, with an average low of 4°F and high of 21°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
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At Three Hills, 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 at Three Hills begins around June 19 and lasts for 3.7 months, ending around October 9. On July 28, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 65% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 35% of the time.
The cloudier part of the year begins around October 9 and lasts for 8.3 months, ending around June 19. On January 16, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 66% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 34% of the time.
Cloud Cover Categories
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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 at Three Hills varies significantly throughout the year.
The wetter season lasts 4.1 months, from May 5 to September 10, with a greater than 19% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 34% on June 30.
The drier season lasts 7.9 months, from September 10 to May 5. The smallest chance of a wet day is 3% on February 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 at Three Hills changes throughout the year.
Rain alone is the most common for 7.1 months, from March 27 to October 30. The highest chance of a day with rain alone is 34% on June 30.
Snow alone is the most common for 4.9 months, from October 30 to March 27. The highest chance of a day with snow alone is 6% on November 19.
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. Three Hills experiences significant seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.
The rainy period of the year lasts for 5.9 months, from April 12 to October 9, with a sliding 31-day rainfall of at least 0.5 inches. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around June 25, with an average total accumulation of 2.6 inches.
The rainless period of the year lasts for 6.1 months, from October 9 to April 12. The least rain falls around January 27, with an average total accumulation of 0.0 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall
The sliding 31-day liquid-equivalent quantity of snowfall at Three Hills 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 at Three Hills varies extremely over the course of the year. In 2020, the shortest day is December 21, with 7 hours, 48 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 20, with 16 hours, 41 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight
The earliest sunrise is at 5:13 AM on June 16, and the latest sunrise is 3 hours, 26 minutes later at 8:39 AM on December 30. The earliest sunset is at 4:22 PM on December 12, and the latest sunset is 5 hours, 33 minutes later at 9:55 PM on June 24.
Daylight saving time (DST) is observed at Three Hills during 2020, starting in the spring on March 8, lasting 7.8 months, and ending in the fall on November 1.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time
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 Three Hills, 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, staying within 1% of 1% throughout.
Humidity Comfort Levels
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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 at Three Hills experiences mild seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The windier part of the year lasts for 8.6 months, from September 22 to June 8, with average wind speeds of more than 8.7 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is April 20, with an average hourly wind speed of 10.0 miles per hour.
The calmer time of year lasts for 3.4 months, from June 8 to September 22. The calmest day of the year is August 10, with an average hourly wind speed of 7.5 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed
The predominant average hourly wind direction at Three Hills varies throughout the year.
The wind is most often from the south for 6.0 days, from March 8 to March 14, with a peak percentage of 28% on March 13. The wind is most often from the west for 4.0 weeks, from March 14 to April 11; for 6.0 days, from June 27 to July 3; and for 6.5 months, from August 22 to March 8, with a peak percentage of 30% on July 1. The wind is most often from the north for 2.5 months, from April 11 to June 27 and for 1.6 months, from July 3 to August 22, with a peak percentage of 32% on May 2.
Best Time of Year to Visit
To characterize how pleasant the weather is at Three Hills 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 Three Hills for general outdoor tourist activities is from early July to mid August, with a peak score in the third 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 Three Hills for hot-weather activities is from mid July to mid August, with a peak score in the last week of July.
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 at Three Hills typically lasts for 3.9 months (120 days), from around May 17 to around September 14, rarely starting before May 1 or after June 4, and rarely ending before August 26 or after October 2.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season
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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 at Three Hills should appear around May 9, only rarely appearing before April 28 or after May 21.
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 extreme seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The brighter period of the year lasts for 3.7 months, from April 28 to August 17, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 5.6 kWh. The brightest day of the year is July 5, with an average of 6.8 kWh.
The darker period of the year lasts for 3.6 months, from October 26 to February 14, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 2.1 kWh. The darkest day of the year is December 23, with an average of 0.9 kWh.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Three Hills are 51.700 deg latitude, -113.217 deg longitude, and 2,917 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Three Hills contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 243 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 2,928 feet. Within 10 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (659 feet). Within 50 miles contains significant variations in elevation (1,946 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Three Hills is covered by cropland (99%), within 10 miles by cropland (98%), and within 50 miles by cropland (92%).
This report illustrates the typical weather at Three Hills, 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
Three Hills 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 Morrin AGDM, Standard Agcm, Drumheller East, Strathmore AGDM, Prentiss Alberta, Red Deer Regional Airport, Stettler AGDM, and Olds AGDM.
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 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.