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Average Weather at Dodge City Regional Airport Kansas, United States

At Dodge City Regional Airport, the summers are hot and mostly clear; the winters are very cold, snowy, and partly cloudy; and it is windy year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 22°F to 93°F and is rarely below 8°F or above 102°F.

Based on the tourism score, the best time of year to visit Dodge City Regional Airport for warm-weather activities is from late May to late September.

Climate Summary

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Temperature

The hot season lasts for 3.4 months, from June 2 to September 16, with an average daily high temperature above 83°F. The hottest day of the year is July 19, with an average high of 93°F and low of 68°F.

The cold season lasts for 3.0 months, from November 24 to February 25, with an average daily high temperature below 53°F. The coldest day of the year is January 3, with an average low of 22°F and high of 43°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 Dodge City Regional AirportJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec12 AM4 AM8 AM12 PM4 PM8 PM12 AMfreezingfreezingvery coldcoldcoldcoolcomfortablewarmhotcoolfreezingvery coldfreezingwarm
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.

Arāk, Iran (7,112 miles away) is the far-away foreign place with temperatures most similar to Dodge City Regional Airport (view comparison).

Clouds

At Dodge City Regional 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 Dodge City Regional Airport begins around June 1 and lasts for 5.2 months, ending around November 8. On September 19, 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 8 and lasts for 6.8 months, ending around June 1. On February 15, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 44% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 56% of the time.

Cloud Cover Categories

Cloud Cover Categories at Dodge City Regional AirportclearercloudiercloudierJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%Sep 1975%Sep 1975%Feb 1556%Feb 1556%Jun 166%Jun 166%Nov 866%Nov 866%clearmostly clearmostly cloudyovercastpartly cloudy
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 Dodge City Regional Airport varies throughout the year.

The wetter season lasts 4.8 months, from April 20 to September 13, with a greater than 20% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 35% on June 7.

The drier season lasts 7.2 months, from September 13 to April 20. The smallest chance of a wet day is 6% on January 10.

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 Dodge City Regional Airport changes throughout the year.

Rain alone is the most common for 9.9 months, from February 6 to December 5. The highest chance of a day with rain alone is 35% on June 7.

Snow alone is the most common for 2.1 months, from December 5 to February 6. The highest chance of a day with snow alone is 5% on December 27.

Daily Chance of Precipitation

Daily Chance of Precipitation at Dodge City Regional AirportsnowrainJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%10%20%30%40%50%60%70%80%90%100%Jun 735%Jun 735%Jan 106%Jan 106%Dec 58%Dec 58%Apr 2020%Apr 2020%Sep 1320%Sep 1320%rainmixed
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. Dodge City Regional Airport experiences significant seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.

The rainy period of the year lasts for 8.9 months, from February 25 to November 22, with a sliding 31-day rainfall of at least 0.5 inches. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around June 12, with an average total accumulation of 3.2 inches.

The rainless period of the year lasts for 3.1 months, from November 22 to February 25. The least rain falls around January 13, with an average total accumulation of 0.1 inches.

Average Monthly Rainfall

Average Monthly Rainfall at Dodge City Regional AirportrainJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 in1 in2 in3 in4 in5 in6 inJun 123.2 inJun 123.2 inJan 130.1 inJan 130.1 inFeb 250.5 inFeb 250.5 inNov 220.5 inNov 220.5 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

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. Dodge City Regional Airport experiences some seasonal variation in monthly liquid-equivalent snowfall.

The snowy period of the year lasts for 4.8 months, from November 15 to April 10, with a sliding 31-day liquid-equivalent snowfall of at least 0.1 inches. The most snow falls during the 31 days centered around December 16, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 0.4 inches.

The snowless period of the year lasts for 7.2 months, from April 10 to November 15. The least snow falls around July 11, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 0.0 inches.

Average Liquid-Equivalent Monthly Snowfall

Average Liquid-Equivalent Monthly Snowfall at Dodge City Regional AirportsnowsnowJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0.0 in0.5 in1.0 in1.5 in2.0 in2.5 in3.0 in3.5 inDec 160.4 inDec 160.4 inJul 110.0 inJul 110.0 inMar 160.2 inMar 160.2 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 Dodge City Regional Airport varies significantly over the course of the year. In 2018, the shortest day is December 21, with 9 hours, 33 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 21, with 14 hours, 47 minutes of daylight.

Hours of Daylight and Twilight

Hours of Daylight and Twilight at Dodge City Regional AirportJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 hr24 hr4 hr20 hr8 hr16 hr12 hr12 hr16 hr8 hr20 hr4 hr24 hr0 hr12 hr, 6 minMar 2012 hr, 6 minMar 2014 hr, 47 minJun 2114 hr, 47 minJun 2112 hr, 9 minSep 2212 hr, 9 minSep 229 hr, 33 minDec 219 hr, 33 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 6:17 AM on June 13, and the latest sunrise is 1 hour, 50 minutes later at 8:07 AM on November 3. The earliest sunset is at 5:20 PM on December 7, and the latest sunset is 3 hours, 45 minutes later at 9:05 PM on June 28.

Daylight saving time (DST) is observed at Dodge City Regional 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

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time at Dodge City Regional AirportJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec2 AM4 AM6 AM8 AM10 AM12 PM2 PM4 PM6 PM8 PM10 PM12 AMJun 136:17 AMJun 136:17 AM9:05 PMJun 289:05 PMJun 28Dec 75:20 PMDec 75:20 PM8:07 AMNov 38:07 AMNov 3Mar 11DSTMar 11DSTDSTNov 4DSTNov 4daynightnightnightnightSolarMidnightSolarMidnightSolarNoonSunriseSunset
The solar day over the course of the year 2018. 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.

Dodge City Regional Airport experiences some seasonal variation in the perceived humidity.

The muggier period of the year lasts for 3.2 months, from June 5 to September 13, during which time the comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable at least 7% of the time. The muggiest day of the year is July 28, with muggy conditions 27% of the time.

The least muggy day of the year is December 2, when muggy conditions are essentially unheard of.

Humidity Comfort Levels

Humidity Comfort Levels at Dodge City Regional AirportmuggyJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%10%20%30%40%50%60%70%80%90%100%Dec 20%Dec 20%Jul 2827%Jul 2827%Jun 57%Jun 57%Sep 137%Sep 137%muggymuggyhumidhumidcomfortablecomfortabledrydryoppressiveoppressive
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 Dodge City Regional Airport experiences mild seasonal variation over the course of the year.

The windier part of the year lasts for 4.0 months, from February 25 to June 26, with average wind speeds of more than 11.9 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is April 8, with an average hourly wind speed of 13.3 miles per hour.

The calmer time of year lasts for 8.0 months, from June 26 to February 25. The calmest day of the year is August 6, with an average hourly wind speed of 10.4 miles per hour.

Average Wind Speed

Average Wind Speed at Dodge City Regional AirportwindyJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 mph2 mph4 mph6 mph8 mph10 mph12 mph14 mph16 mph18 mph20 mph22 mphApr 813.3 mphApr 813.3 mphAug 610.4 mphAug 610.4 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 Dodge City Regional Airport varies throughout the year.

The wind is most often from the south for 8.1 months, from March 10 to November 12, with a peak percentage of 65% on July 5. The wind is most often from the north for 3.9 months, from November 12 to March 10, with a peak percentage of 40% on January 1.

Wind Direction

Wind Direction at Dodge City Regional AirportNSNJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%20%80%40%60%60%40%80%20%100%0%southnorthwesteast
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).

Best Time of Year to Visit

To characterize how pleasant the weather is at Dodge City Regional 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 Dodge City Regional Airport for general outdoor tourist activities is from late May to late September, with a peak score in the last week of August.

Tourism Score

Tourism Score at Dodge City Regional Airportbest timeJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec02468106.66.60.40.46.46.4 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 Dodge City Regional Airport for hot-weather activities is from late June to late August, with a peak score in the second week of July.

Beach/Pool Score

Beach/Pool Score at Dodge City Regional Airportbest timeJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec02468106.16.10.00.0 precipitationprecipitationcloudscloudstemperaturetemperaturebeach/pool score
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 Dodge City Regional Airport typically lasts for 6.2 months (190 days), from around April 15 to around October 23, rarely starting before March 29 or after May 3, and rarely ending before September 30 or after November 10.

Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season

Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season at Dodge City Regional Airportgrowing seasonJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%50%Apr 1550%Apr 1550%Oct 2350%Oct 2390%May 390%May 390%Sep 3090%Sep 3010%Mar 2910%Mar 2910%Nov 1010%Nov 100%Jan 280%Jan 28Jul 17100%Jul 17100%freezingvery coldcomfortablewarmhotcoldcoolfrigidsweltering
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 Dodge City Regional Airport should appear around March 13, only rarely appearing before February 26 or after April 3.

Growing Degree Days

Growing Degree Days at Dodge City Regional AirportJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0°F500°F1,000°F1,500°F2,000°F2,500°F3,000°F3,500°F4,000°FMar 1387°FMar 1387°FJun 4900°FJun 4900°FJul 111,800°FJul 111,800°FDec 314,133°FDec 314,133°F
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 significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.

The brighter period of the year lasts for 3.8 months, from April 21 to August 16, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 6.5 kWh. The brightest day of the year is June 21, with an average of 7.5 kWh.

The darker period of the year lasts for 3.1 months, from November 5 to February 8, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 3.5 kWh. The darkest day of the year is December 20, with an average of 2.5 kWh.

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy at Dodge City Regional AirportbrightdarkdarkJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 kWh1 kWh2 kWh3 kWh4 kWh5 kWh6 kWh7 kWh8 kWh9 kWhJun 217.5 kWhJun 217.5 kWhDec 202.5 kWhDec 202.5 kWhApr 216.5 kWhApr 216.5 kWhAug 166.5 kWhAug 166.5 kWhFeb 83.5 kWhFeb 83.5 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 Dodge City Regional Airport are 37.760 deg latitude, -99.967 deg longitude, and 2,536 ft elevation.

The topography within 2 miles of Dodge City Regional Airport contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 157 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 2,540 feet. Within 10 miles also contains only modest variations in elevation (341 feet). Within 50 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (1,184 feet).

The area within 2 miles of Dodge City Regional Airport is covered by cropland (68%) and grassland (30%), within 10 miles by cropland (70%) and grassland (28%), and within 50 miles by cropland (56%) and grassland (43%).

Data Sources

This report illustrates the typical weather at Dodge City Regional 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

Dodge City Regional 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 Garden City Regional Airport; Pratt Municipal Airport; Liberal Mid-America Regional Airport; Great Bend Municipal Airport; Hays Municipal Airport; West Woodward Airport; Gage Airport; and Medicine Lodge, Medicine Lodge.

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.