Climate and Average Weather Year Round at Brewster Field Nebraska, United States
At Brewster Field, the summers are warm and mostly clear and the winters are freezing, dry, windy, and partly cloudy. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 18°F to 88°F and is rarely below 1°F or above 97°F.
Based on the tourism score, the best time of year to visit Brewster Field for warm-weather activities is from early June to early September.
Climate at Brewster Field
Average Temperature at Brewster Field
The hot season lasts for 3.6 months, from May 30 to September 18, with an average daily high temperature above 78°F. The hottest day of the year is July 20, with an average high of 88°F and low of 65°F.
The cold season lasts for 3.1 months, from November 23 to February 27, with an average daily high temperature below 47°F. The coldest day of the year is January 2, with an average low of 18°F and high of 37°F.
Average High and Low Temperature at Brewster Field
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 Brewster Field
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K’anak’erravan, Armenia (6,423 miles away); Tafresh, Iran (6,898 miles); and Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan (6,675 miles) are the far-away foreign places with temperatures most similar to Brewster Field (view comparison).
At Brewster Field, 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 Brewster Field begins around June 4 and lasts for 4.8 months, ending around October 29. On July 8, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 74% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 26% of the time.
The cloudier part of the year begins around October 29 and lasts for 7.2 months, ending around June 4. On March 4, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 48% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 52% of the time.
Cloud Cover Categories at Brewster Field
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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 Brewster Field varies significantly throughout the year.
The wetter season lasts 4.9 months, from April 17 to September 12, with a greater than 21% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 37% on June 6.
The drier season lasts 7.1 months, from September 12 to April 17. The smallest chance of a wet day is 4% on January 15.
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 Brewster Field changes throughout the year.
Rain alone is the most common for 9.4 months, from February 20 to December 4. The highest chance of a day with rain alone is 37% on June 6.
Snow alone is the most common for 2.6 months, from December 4 to February 20. The highest chance of a day with snow alone is 3% on January 23.
Daily Chance of Precipitation at Brewster Field
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. Brewster Field experiences significant seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.
The rainy period of the year lasts for 8.9 months, from February 27 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 May 29, with an average total accumulation of 3.5 inches.
The rainless period of the year lasts for 3.1 months, from November 22 to February 27. The least rain falls around January 14, with an average total accumulation of 0.1 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall at Brewster Field
The sliding 31-day liquid-equivalent quantity of snowfall at Brewster Field 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 at Brewster Field
The length of the day at Brewster Field varies significantly over the course of the year. In 2021, the shortest day is December 21, with 9 hours, 17 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 20, with 15 hours, 4 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight at Brewster Field
The earliest sunrise is at 6:06 AM on June 14, and the latest sunrise is 2 hours, 7 minutes later at 8:13 AM on November 6. The earliest sunset is at 5:10 PM on December 7, and the latest sunset is 4 hours, 1 minute later at 9:11 PM on June 27.
Daylight saving time (DST) is observed at Brewster Field 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 Brewster Field
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 Brewster Field
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.
Brewster Field experiences significant seasonal variation in the perceived humidity.
The muggier period of the year lasts for 2.9 months, from June 13 to September 9, during which time the comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable at least 10% of the time. The muggiest day of the year is July 25, with muggy conditions 38% of the time.
The least muggy day of the year is November 27, when muggy conditions are essentially unheard of.
Humidity Comfort Levels at Brewster Field
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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 Brewster Field experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The windier part of the year lasts for 4.1 months, from January 31 to June 1, with average wind speeds of more than 11.4 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is April 11, with an average hourly wind speed of 13.4 miles per hour.
The calmer time of year lasts for 7.9 months, from June 1 to January 31. The calmest day of the year is August 5, with an average hourly wind speed of 9.4 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed at Brewster Field
The predominant average hourly wind direction at Brewster Field varies throughout the year.
The wind is most often from the south for 5.6 months, from April 30 to October 18, with a peak percentage of 54% on August 23. The wind is most often from the north for 6.4 months, from October 18 to April 30, with a peak percentage of 39% on January 1.
Wind Direction at Brewster Field
Best Time of Year to Visit
To characterize how pleasant the weather is at Brewster Field 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 Brewster Field for general outdoor tourist activities is from early June to early September, with a peak score in the third week of August.
Tourism Score at Brewster Field
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 Brewster Field for hot-weather activities is from late June to mid August, with a peak score in the third week of July.
Beach/Pool Score at Brewster Field
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 Brewster Field typically lasts for 5.6 months (172 days), from around April 25 to around October 13, rarely starting before April 7 or after May 11, and rarely ending before September 24 or after November 1.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season at Brewster Field
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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 Brewster Field should appear around March 30, only rarely appearing before March 16 or after April 19.
Growing Degree Days at Brewster Field
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 3.6 months, from April 27 to August 16, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 6.4 kWh. The brightest day of the year is June 21, with an average of 7.4 kWh.
The darker period of the year lasts for 3.2 months, from November 3 to February 9, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 3.2 kWh. The darkest day of the year is December 20, with an average of 2.2 kWh.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy at Brewster Field
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Brewster Field are 40.451 deg latitude, -99.336 deg longitude, and 2,306 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Brewster Field is essentially flat, with a maximum elevation change of 62 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 2,305 feet. Within 10 miles is essentially flat (262 feet). Within 50 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (1,243 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Brewster Field is covered by cropland (91%), within 10 miles by cropland (95%), and within 50 miles by cropland (56%) and grassland (43%).
This report illustrates the typical weather at Brewster Field, 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
Brewster Field 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 Kearney Municipal Airport, Jim Kelly Field, Hastings Municipal Airport, Broken Bow Municipal Airport, Central Nebraska Regional Airport, Hill City Municipal Airport, Evelyn Sharp Field, and McCook Ben Nelson Regional 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.