Average Weather at Pipestone Municipal Airport Minnesota, United States
At Pipestone Municipal Airport, the summers are long and warm; the winters are freezing, snowy, and windy; and it is partly cloudy year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 8°F to 83°F and is rarely below -12°F or above 91°F.
Based on the tourism score, the best time of year to visit Pipestone Municipal Airport for warm-weather activities is from mid June to early September.
The warm season lasts for 3.9 months, from May 22 to September 20, with an average daily high temperature above 71°F. The hottest day of the year is July 18, with an average high of 83°F and low of 63°F.
The cold season lasts for 3.4 months, from November 25 to March 4, with an average daily high temperature below 37°F. The coldest day of the year is January 19, with an average low of 8°F and high of 25°F.
Average High and Low Temperature
Average Hourly Temperature
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At Pipestone Municipal 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 Pipestone Municipal Airport begins around June 8 and lasts for 4.2 months, ending around October 16. On July 27, 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 16 and lasts for 7.8 months, ending around June 8. On February 3, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 58% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 42% 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 Pipestone Municipal Airport varies significantly throughout the year.
The wetter season lasts 5.6 months, from April 7 to September 25, with a greater than 23% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 40% on June 6.
The drier season lasts 6.4 months, from September 25 to April 7. The smallest chance of a wet day is 5% on February 8.
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 Pipestone Municipal Airport changes throughout the year.
Rain alone is the most common for 8.3 months, from March 8 to November 17. The highest chance of a day with rain alone is 40% on June 6.
Snow alone is the most common for 3.6 months, from November 17 to March 8. The highest chance of a day with snow alone is 7% on December 12.
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. Pipestone Municipal Airport experiences significant seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.
The rainy period of the year lasts for 8.4 months, from March 7 to November 20, with a sliding 31-day rainfall of at least 0.5 inches. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around June 16, with an average total accumulation of 3.7 inches.
The rainless period of the year lasts for 3.6 months, from November 20 to March 7. The least rain falls around January 25, with an average total accumulation of 0.0 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall
As with rainfall, we consider the snowfall accumulated over a sliding 31-day period centered around each day of the year. Pipestone Municipal Airport experiences some seasonal variation in monthly liquid-equivalent snowfall.
The snowy period of the year lasts for 6.1 months, from October 26 to April 30, 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 1, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 0.4 inches.
The snowless period of the year lasts for 5.9 months, from April 30 to October 26. The least snow falls around July 21, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 0.0 inches.
Average Liquid-Equivalent Monthly Snowfall
The length of the day at Pipestone Municipal Airport varies significantly over the course of the year. In 2018, the shortest day is December 21, with 8 hours, 53 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 21, with 15 hours, 29 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight
The earliest sunrise is at 5:41 AM on June 15, and the latest sunrise is 2 hours, 23 minutes later at 8:04 AM on November 3. The earliest sunset is at 4:47 PM on December 9, and the latest sunset is 4 hours, 25 minutes later at 9:12 PM on June 26.
Daylight saving time (DST) is observed at Pipestone 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
Pipestone Municipal Airport experiences significant seasonal variation in the perceived humidity.
The muggier period of the year lasts for 3.1 months, from June 9 to September 14, during which time the comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable at least 9% of the time. The muggiest day of the year is July 25, with muggy conditions 37% of the time.
The least muggy day of the year is December 6, when muggy conditions are essentially unheard of.
Humidity Comfort Levels
The average hourly wind speed at Pipestone Municipal Airport experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The windier part of the year lasts for 8.4 months, from September 21 to June 1, with average wind speeds of more than 11.4 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is April 8, with an average hourly wind speed of 13.7 miles per hour.
The calmer time of year lasts for 3.6 months, from June 1 to September 21. The calmest day of the year is August 2, with an average hourly wind speed of 9.1 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed
The predominant average hourly wind direction at Pipestone Municipal Airport varies throughout the year.
The wind is most often from the south for 6.4 months, from May 5 to November 18, with a peak percentage of 46% on August 27. The wind is most often from the north for 3.1 weeks, from November 18 to December 10 and for 4.2 months, from December 29 to May 5, with a peak percentage of 32% on December 9. The wind is most often from the west for 2.7 weeks, from December 10 to December 29, with a peak percentage of 32% on December 28.
Best Time of Year to Visit
To characterize how pleasant the weather is at Pipestone 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 Pipestone Municipal Airport for general outdoor tourist activities is from mid June to early September, with a peak score in the first 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 Pipestone Municipal Airport for hot-weather activities is from late June to early August, with a peak score in the third week of July.
The growing season at Pipestone Municipal Airport typically lasts for 5.1 months (156 days), from around May 1 to around October 4, rarely starting before April 10 or after May 20, and rarely ending before September 16 or after October 22.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season
Based on growing degree days alone, the first spring blooms at Pipestone Municipal Airport should appear around April 23, only rarely appearing before April 10 or after May 10.
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 4 to August 21, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 6.1 kWh. The brightest day of the year is July 8, with an average of 7.2 kWh.
The darker period of the year lasts for 3.4 months, from October 30 to February 11, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 2.7 kWh. The darkest day of the year is December 20, with an average of 1.6 kWh.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Pipestone Municipal Airport are 43.986 deg latitude, -96.297 deg longitude, and 1,729 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Pipestone Municipal Airport is essentially flat, with a maximum elevation change of 95 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 1,729 feet. Within 10 miles is essentially flat (285 feet). Within 50 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (965 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Pipestone Municipal Airport is covered by cropland (91%), within 10 miles by cropland (99%), and within 50 miles by cropland (95%).
This report illustrates the typical weather at Pipestone 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
Pipestone 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 Luverne, Quentin Aanenson Field Airport; Slayton Municipal Airport; Brookings Municipal Airport; Joe Foss Field; Marshall, Southwest Minnesota Regional Airport - Marshall/Ryan Field; Tracy Municipal Airport; Myers Field Airport; and Madison Municipal Airport.
Time zones for aiports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .