Average Weather at Minot International Airport North Dakota, United States
At Minot International Airport, the summers are warm; 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 5°F to 83°F and is rarely below -16°F or above 92°F.
Based on the tourism score, the best time of year to visit Minot International Airport for warm-weather activities is from late June to late August.
The warm season lasts for 3.8 months, from May 25 to September 17, with an average daily high temperature above 70°F. The hottest day of the year is July 28, with an average high of 83°F and low of 60°F.
The cold season lasts for 3.5 months, from November 24 to March 6, with an average daily high temperature below 33°F. The coldest day of the year is January 12, with an average low of 5°F and high of 20°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
At Minot International Airport, 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 Minot International Airport begins around June 7 and lasts for 4.1 months, ending around October 12. On July 31, 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 October 12 and lasts for 7.9 months, ending around June 7. On February 20, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 64% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 36% 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 at Minot International Airport varies significantly throughout the year.
The wetter season lasts 4.2 months, from May 1 to September 7, 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 28.
The drier season lasts 7.8 months, from September 7 to May 1. The smallest chance of a wet day is 3% on February 2.
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 Minot International Airport changes throughout the year.
Rain alone is the most common for 7.8 months, from March 17 to November 9. The highest chance of a day with rain alone is 34% on June 28.
Snow alone is the most common for 4.2 months, from November 9 to March 17. The highest chance of a day with snow alone is 7% on January 2.
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. Minot International Airport experiences significant seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.
The rainy period of the year lasts for 7.0 months, from April 2 to November 1, with a sliding 31-day rainfall of at least 0.5 inches. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around June 14, with an average total accumulation of 2.8 inches.
The rainless period of the year lasts for 5.0 months, from November 1 to April 2. The least rain falls around January 1, with an average total accumulation of 0.0 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. Minot International Airport experiences some seasonal variation in monthly liquid-equivalent snowfall.
The snowy period of the year lasts for 6.7 months, from October 16 to May 7, with a sliding 31-day liquid-equivalent snowfall of at least 0.1 inches. The most snow falls during the 31 days centered around January 2, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 0.3 inches.
The snowless period of the year lasts for 5.3 months, from May 7 to October 16. The least snow falls around July 27, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 0.0 inches.
Average Liquid-Equivalent Monthly Snowfall
The length of the day at Minot International Airport varies extremely over the course of the year. In 2017, the shortest day is December 21, with 8 hours, 20 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 20, with 16 hours, 5 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight
The earliest sunrise is at 5:43 AM on June 16, and the latest sunrise is 2 hours, 52 minutes later at 8:36 AM on January 1. The earliest sunset is at 4:50 PM on December 11, and the latest sunset is 4 hours, 59 minutes later at 9:50 PM on June 25.
Daylight saving time (DST) is observed at Minot International 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
Minot International Airport experiences some seasonal variation in the perceived humidity.
The muggier period of the year lasts for 2.5 months, from June 16 to August 30, during which time the comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable at least 3% of the time. The muggiest day of the year is July 20, with muggy conditions 12% of the time.
The least muggy day of the year is February 28, when muggy conditions are essentially unheard of.
Humidity Comfort Levels
The average hourly wind speed at Minot International Airport experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The windier part of the year lasts for 8.9 months, from September 13 to June 8, with average wind speeds of more than 10.8 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is March 26, with an average hourly wind speed of 12.3 miles per hour.
The calmer time of year lasts for 3.1 months, from June 8 to September 13. The calmest day of the year is July 22, with an average hourly wind speed of 9.3 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed
The predominant average hourly wind direction at Minot International Airport varies throughout the year.
The wind is most often from the north for 2.4 months, from March 4 to May 17, with a peak percentage of 30% on March 9. The wind is most often from the south for 3.1 weeks, from May 17 to June 8 and for 1.8 months, from July 10 to September 4, with a peak percentage of 31% on August 19. The wind is most often from the west for 1.1 months, from June 8 to July 10 and for 6.0 months, from September 4 to March 4, with a peak percentage of 29% on June 22.
Best Time of Year to Visit
To characterize how pleasant the weather is at Minot International 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 Minot International Airport for general outdoor tourist activities is from late June to late 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 Minot International Airport for hot-weather activities is from early 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.
The growing season at Minot International Airport typically lasts for 4.8 months (146 days), from around May 8 to around October 1, rarely starting before April 19 or after May 26, and rarely ending before September 12 or after October 19.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season
Based on growing degree days alone, the first spring blooms at Minot International Airport should appear around April 29, only rarely appearing before April 18 or after May 16.
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 May 1 to August 19, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 6.0 kWh. The brightest day of the year is July 11, with an average of 7.2 kWh.
The darker period of the year lasts for 3.5 months, from October 28 to February 13, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 2.4 kWh. The darkest day of the year is December 24, with an average of 1.2 kWh.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Minot International Airport are 48.259 deg latitude, -101.281 deg longitude, and 1,650 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Minot International Airport contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 243 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 1,654 feet. Within 10 miles also contains only modest variations in elevation (413 feet). Within 50 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (997 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Minot International Airport is covered by cropland (46%), grassland (33%), and artificial surfaces (21%), within 10 miles by cropland (81%) and grassland (15%), and within 50 miles by cropland (68%) and grassland (29%).
This report illustrates the typical weather at Minot International 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
Minot International 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 Minot Air Force Base; Garrison; Mercer County Regional Airport; Melita, Man; Roseglen; Rugby Municipal Airport; Estevan Regional Aerodrome; and Cando Municipal Airport.
Time zones for aiports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .