Climate and Average Weather Year Round at Zapata County Airport Texas, United States
At Zapata County Airport, the summers are long, sweltering, muggy, and windy; the winters are short, cool, and dry; and it is partly cloudy year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 47°F to 99°F and is rarely below 34°F or above 104°F.
Based on the beach/pool score, the best time of year to visit Zapata County Airport for hot-weather activities is from early May to late July.
Climate at Zapata County Airport
Average Temperature at Zapata County Airport
The hot season lasts for 3.9 months, from May 17 to September 14, with an average daily high temperature above 92°F. The hottest day of the year is August 5, with an average high of 99°F and low of 76°F.
The cool season lasts for 2.6 months, from November 27 to February 14, with an average daily high temperature below 74°F. The coldest day of the year is January 5, with an average low of 47°F and high of 68°F.
Average High and Low Temperature at Zapata County Airport
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 Zapata County Airport
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At Zapata County 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 Zapata County Airport begins around April 24 and lasts for 2.1 months, ending around June 28. On June 4, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 78% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 22% of the time.
The cloudier part of the year begins around June 28 and lasts for 9.9 months, ending around April 24. On August 23, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 49% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 51% of the time.
Cloud Cover Categories at Zapata County Airport
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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 Zapata County Airport varies throughout the year.
The wetter season lasts 5.0 months, from May 8 to October 8, with a greater than 21% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 32% on September 13.
The drier season lasts 7.0 months, from October 8 to May 8. The smallest chance of a wet day is 9% on December 14.
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 32% on September 13.
Daily Chance of Precipitation at Zapata County Airport
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. Zapata County Airport experiences significant seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.
Rain falls throughout the year at Zapata County Airport. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around September 16, with an average total accumulation of 3.0 inches.
The least rain falls around December 17, with an average total accumulation of 0.7 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall at Zapata County Airport
The length of the day at Zapata County Airport varies over the course of the year. In 2021, the shortest day is December 21, with 10 hours, 27 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 20, with 13 hours, 50 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight at Zapata County Airport
The earliest sunrise is at 6:42 AM on June 9, and the latest sunrise is 1 hour, 8 minutes later at 7:50 AM on November 6. The earliest sunset is at 5:43 PM on November 30, and the latest sunset is 2 hours, 52 minutes later at 8:35 PM on July 1.
Daylight saving time (DST) is observed at Zapata County Airport during 2021, starting in the spring on March 14, lasting 7.8 months, and ending in the fall on November 7.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time at Zapata County Airport
The figure below presents a compact representation of key lunar data for 2021. The horizontal axis is the day, the vertical axis is the hour of the day, and the colored areas indicate when the moon is above the horizon. The vertical gray bars (new Moons) and blue bars (full Moons) indicate key Moon phases.
Moon Rise, Set & Phases at Zapata County Airport
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.
Zapata County Airport experiences extreme seasonal variation in the perceived humidity.
The muggier period of the year lasts for 7.2 months, from April 2 to November 8, during which time the comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable at least 19% of the time. The muggiest day of the year is June 23, with muggy conditions 71% of the time.
The least muggy day of the year is January 23, with muggy conditions 1% of the time.
Humidity Comfort Levels at Zapata County Airport
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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 Zapata County Airport experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The windier part of the year lasts for 5.5 months, from March 9 to August 25, with average wind speeds of more than 10.9 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is July 14, with an average hourly wind speed of 13.2 miles per hour.
The calmer time of year lasts for 6.5 months, from August 25 to March 9. The calmest day of the year is January 1, with an average hourly wind speed of 8.5 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed at Zapata County Airport
The predominant average hourly wind direction at Zapata County Airport varies throughout the year.
The wind is most often from the east for 4.9 months, from February 1 to June 28 and for 3.6 months, from July 28 to November 17, with a peak percentage of 60% on September 5. The wind is most often from the south for 1.0 months, from June 28 to July 28 and for 1.7 weeks, from November 17 to November 29, with a peak percentage of 52% on July 17. The wind is most often from the north for 2.0 months, from November 29 to February 1, with a peak percentage of 37% on January 1.
Wind Direction at Zapata County Airport
Best Time of Year to Visit
To characterize how pleasant the weather is at Zapata County 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 times of year to visit Zapata County Airport for general outdoor tourist activities are from mid March to late May and from late September to mid November, with a peak score in the last week of October.
Tourism Score at Zapata County Airport
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 Zapata County Airport for hot-weather activities is from early May to late July, with a peak score in the first week of June.
Beach/Pool Score at Zapata County Airport
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 Zapata County Airport typically lasts for 11 months (344 days), from around January 17 to around December 27, rarely starting after February 26, or ending before November 22.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season at Zapata County Airport
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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 Zapata County Airport should appear around January 11, only rarely appearing before January 7 or after January 20.
Growing Degree Days at Zapata County Airport
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 significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The brighter period of the year lasts for 3.7 months, from April 15 to August 7, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 6.6 kWh. The brightest day of the year is June 13, with an average of 7.3 kWh.
The darker period of the year lasts for 2.6 months, from November 14 to February 2, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 4.2 kWh. The darkest day of the year is January 1, with an average of 3.5 kWh.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy at Zapata County Airport
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Zapata County Airport are 26.969 deg latitude, -99.249 deg longitude, and 410 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Zapata County Airport contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 151 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 423 feet. Within 10 miles also contains only modest variations in elevation (305 feet). Within 50 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (879 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Zapata County Airport is covered by grassland (82%) and shrubs (17%), within 10 miles by grassland (51%) and shrubs (37%), and within 50 miles by shrubs (52%) and grassland (29%).
This report illustrates the typical weather at Zapata County 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
Zapata County 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 Laredo International Airport, Jim Hogg County Airport, Brooks County Airport, Edinburg Rio Grande Valley Regional Freight Terminal Airport, McAllen Miller International Airport, Alice International Airport, General Mariano Escobedo International Airport, and Del Norte International Airport.
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 airports 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.