Average Weather at Tulsa International Airport Oklahoma, United States
At Tulsa International Airport, the summers are hot, muggy, and mostly clear and the winters are very cold, windy, and partly cloudy. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 30°F to 94°F and is rarely below 15°F or above 102°F.
Based on the beach/pool score, the best time of year to visit Tulsa International Airport for hot-weather activities is from mid June to early September.
The hot season lasts for 3.3 months, from June 5 to September 15, with an average daily high temperature above 85°F. The hottest day of the year is July 24, with an average high of 94°F and low of 75°F.
The cold season lasts for 3.0 months, from November 26 to February 24, with an average daily high temperature below 57°F. The coldest day of the year is January 6, with an average low of 30°F and high of 48°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
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At Tulsa 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 Tulsa International Airport begins around June 9 and lasts for 4.9 months, ending around November 4. On July 23, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 73% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 27% of the time.
The cloudier part of the year begins around November 4 and lasts for 7.1 months, ending around June 9. On February 12, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 47% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 53% of the time.
Cloud Cover Categories
0% clear 20% mostly clear 40% partly cloudy 60% mostly cloudy 80% overcast 100%
A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. The chance of wet days at Tulsa International Airport varies significantly throughout the year.
The wetter season lasts 5.5 months, from April 8 to September 24, with a greater than 29% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 44% on May 21.
The drier season lasts 6.5 months, from September 24 to April 8. The smallest chance of a wet day is 13% on January 12.
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 44% on May 21.
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. Tulsa International Airport experiences significant seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.
Rain falls throughout the year at Tulsa International Airport. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around May 24, with an average total accumulation of 5.0 inches.
The least rain falls around January 21, with an average total accumulation of 1.3 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall
The sliding 31-day liquid-equivalent quantity of snowfall at Tulsa International Airport 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
The length of the day at Tulsa International Airport varies significantly over the course of the year. In 2018, the shortest day is December 21, with 9 hours, 42 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 21, with 14 hours, 38 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight
The earliest sunrise is at 6:05 AM on June 12, and the latest sunrise is 1 hour, 43 minutes later at 7:48 AM on November 3. The earliest sunset is at 5:08 PM on December 6, and the latest sunset is 3 hours, 36 minutes later at 8:44 PM on June 28.
Daylight saving time (DST) is observed at Tulsa International 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
Tulsa International Airport experiences extreme seasonal variation in the perceived humidity.
The muggier period of the year lasts for 4.5 months, from May 13 to September 29, during which time the comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable at least 20% of the time. The muggiest day of the year is July 6, with muggy conditions 79% of the time.
The least muggy day of the year is January 31, when muggy conditions are essentially unheard of.
Humidity Comfort Levels
dry 55°F comfortable 60°F humid 65°F muggy 70°F oppressive 75°F miserable
The average hourly wind speed at Tulsa International Airport experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The windier part of the year lasts for 7.2 months, from October 16 to May 23, with average wind speeds of more than 9.9 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is April 1, with an average hourly wind speed of 12.0 miles per hour.
The calmer time of year lasts for 4.8 months, from May 23 to October 16. The calmest day of the year is August 7, with an average hourly wind speed of 7.7 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed
The predominant average hourly wind direction at Tulsa International Airport varies throughout the year.
The wind is most often from the south for 10 months, from February 24 to December 29, with a peak percentage of 68% on July 5. The wind is most often from the north for 1.9 months, from December 29 to February 24, with a peak percentage of 38% on January 1.
Best Time of Year to Visit
To characterize how pleasant the weather is at Tulsa 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 times of year to visit Tulsa International Airport for general outdoor tourist activities are from early May to late June and from mid August to mid October, with a peak score in the third week of September.
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 Tulsa International Airport for hot-weather activities is from mid June to early September, with a peak score in the first 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 Tulsa International Airport typically lasts for 7.7 months (235 days), from around March 21 to around November 11, rarely starting before February 26 or after April 11, and rarely ending before October 22 or after December 1.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season
Based on growing degree days alone, the first spring blooms at Tulsa International Airport should appear around February 20, only rarely appearing before February 6 or after March 11.
Growing Degree Days
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 4.0 months, from April 26 to August 26, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 6.1 kWh. The brightest day of the year is July 9, with an average of 7.1 kWh.
The darker period of the year lasts for 3.0 months, from November 6 to February 8, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 3.3 kWh. The darkest day of the year is December 22, with an average of 2.4 kWh.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Tulsa International Airport are 36.198 deg latitude, -95.888 deg longitude, and 620 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Tulsa International Airport contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 108 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 621 feet. Within 10 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (509 feet). Within 50 miles also contains significant variations in elevation (787 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Tulsa International Airport is covered by artificial surfaces (73%) and trees (16%), within 10 miles by artificial surfaces (48%) and cropland (35%), and within 50 miles by cropland (42%) and trees (30%).
This report illustrates the typical weather at Tulsa 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
Tulsa 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 Richard Lloyd Jones Jr Airport, Claremore Regional Airport, Okmulgee Regional Airport, Bartlesville Municipal Airport, Davis Field Airport, Cushing Municipal Airport, Tahlequah Municipal Airport, and Coffeyville Municipal Airport.
Time zones for aiports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .