Average Weather at Clayton Municipal Airport New Mexico, United States
At Clayton Municipal Airport, the summers are hot; the winters are very cold, dry, and windy; and it is partly cloudy year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 24°F to 89°F and is rarely below 10°F or above 97°F.
Based on the tourism score, the best time of year to visit Clayton Municipal Airport for warm-weather activities is from early June to mid September.
The hot season lasts for 3.5 months, from May 31 to September 13, with an average daily high temperature above 81°F. The hottest day of the year is July 9, with an average high of 89°F and low of 63°F.
The cold season lasts for 3.1 months, from November 22 to February 25, with an average daily high temperature below 56°F. The coldest day of the year is January 3, with an average low of 24°F and high of 47°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 Clayton Municipal Airport, the average percentage of the sky covered by clouds experiences mild seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The clearer part of the year at Clayton Municipal Airport begins around August 18 and lasts for 2.8 months, ending around November 10. On October 5, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 75% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 25% of the time.
The cloudier part of the year begins around November 10 and lasts for 9.2 months, ending around August 18. On February 15, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 41% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 59% of the time.
Cloud Cover Categories
0% clear 20% mostly clear 40% partly cloudy 60% mostly cloudy 80% overcast 100%
A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. The chance of wet days at Clayton Municipal Airport varies significantly throughout the year.
The wetter season lasts 4.0 months, from May 13 to September 11, with a greater than 20% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 36% on August 1.
The drier season lasts 8.0 months, from September 11 to May 13. The smallest chance of a wet day is 4% on January 11.
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 Clayton Municipal Airport changes throughout the year.
Rain alone is the most common for 9.6 months, from February 13 to December 2. The highest chance of a day with rain alone is 36% on August 1.
Snow alone is the most common for 2.4 months, from December 2 to February 13. The highest chance of a day with snow alone is 4% on December 17.
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. Clayton Municipal Airport experiences significant seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.
The rainy period of the year lasts for 7.6 months, from March 24 to November 10, with a sliding 31-day rainfall of at least 0.5 inches. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around August 1, with an average total accumulation of 2.4 inches.
The rainless period of the year lasts for 4.4 months, from November 10 to March 24. The least rain falls around January 9, with an average total accumulation of 0.1 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall
The sliding 31-day liquid-equivalent quantity of snowfall at Clayton Municipal 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
The length of the day at Clayton Municipal Airport varies significantly over the course of the year. In 2018, the shortest day is December 21, with 9 hours, 40 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 21, with 14 hours, 39 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight
The earliest sunrise is at 5:34 AM on June 13, and the latest sunrise is 1 hour, 44 minutes later at 7:17 AM on November 3. The earliest sunset is at 4:37 PM on December 6, and the latest sunset is 3 hours, 38 minutes later at 8:14 PM on June 28.
Daylight saving time (DST) is observed at Clayton Municipal Airport during 2018, starting in the spring on March 11, lasting 7.8 months, and ending in the fall on November 4.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time
The perceived humidity level at Clayton Municipal 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
dry 55°F comfortable 60°F humid 65°F muggy 70°F oppressive 75°F miserable
The average hourly wind speed at Clayton Municipal Airport experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The windier part of the year lasts for 4.6 months, from February 5 to June 25, with average wind speeds of more than 11.7 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is April 1, with an average hourly wind speed of 13.4 miles per hour.
The calmer time of year lasts for 7.3 months, from June 25 to February 5. The calmest day of the year is August 7, with an average hourly wind speed of 9.9 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed
The predominant average hourly wind direction at Clayton Municipal Airport varies throughout the year.
The wind is most often from the south for 6.6 months, from April 7 to October 25, with a peak percentage of 58% on July 9. The wind is most often from the west for 5.4 months, from October 25 to April 7, with a peak percentage of 38% on January 1.
Best Time of Year to Visit
To characterize how pleasant the weather is at Clayton Municipal 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 Clayton Municipal Airport for general outdoor tourist activities is from early June to mid September, with a peak score in the last week of August.
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 Clayton Municipal Airport for hot-weather activities is from late June to mid August, with a peak score in the second 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.
The growing season at Clayton Municipal Airport typically lasts for 6.1 months (186 days), from around April 18 to around October 21, rarely starting before March 31 or after May 6, and rarely ending before September 30 or after November 8.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season
Based on growing degree days alone, the first spring blooms at Clayton Municipal Airport should appear around March 6, only rarely appearing before February 19 or after March 25.
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 3.5 months, from April 18 to August 4, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 7.0 kWh. The brightest day of the year is June 14, with an average of 8.0 kWh.
The darker period of the year lasts for 3.0 months, from November 6 to February 6, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 3.9 kWh. The darkest day of the year is December 20, with an average of 2.9 kWh.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Clayton Municipal Airport are 36.446 deg latitude, -103.155 deg longitude, and 4,934 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Clayton Municipal Airport contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 184 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 4,969 feet. Within 10 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (1,444 feet). Within 50 miles contains very significant variations in elevation (4,934 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Clayton Municipal Airport is covered by grassland (92%), within 10 miles by grassland (90%), and within 50 miles by grassland (84%) and cropland (12%).
This report illustrates the typical weather at Clayton Municipal 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
Clayton Municipal 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 Dalhart Municipal Airport; Springfield, Comanche National Grassland; Moore County Airport; Tucumcari Municipal Airport; Raton Municipal Airport/Crews Field; Elkhart-Morton County Airport; Perry Stokes Airport; and Guymon Municipal Airport.
Time zones for aiports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .