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Average Weather at Drake Field Arkansas, United States

At Drake Field, the summers are hot and muggy, the winters are very cold, and it is partly cloudy year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 27°F to 89°F and is rarely below 12°F or above 97°F.

Climate Summary

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Based on the tourism score, the best time of year to visit Drake Field for warm-weather activities is from mid May to late September.

Temperature

The hot season lasts for 3.4 months, from June 4 to September 16, with an average daily high temperature above 81°F. The hottest day of the year is July 26, with an average high of 89°F and low of 68°F.

The cold season lasts for 3.0 months, from November 26 to February 25, with an average daily high temperature below 55°F. The coldest day of the year is January 6, with an average low of 27°F and high of 46°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 Drake FieldJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec12 AM4 AM8 AM12 PM4 PM8 PM12 AMfreezingvery coldvery coldcoldcoldcoolcoolcomfortablewarmhot
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.

Gevgelija, Macedonia (5,775 miles away); Marneuli, Georgia (6,495 miles); and Darzāb, Afghanistan (7,301 miles) are the far-away foreign places with temperatures most similar to Drake Field (view comparison).

Clouds

At Drake 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 Drake Field begins around June 11 and lasts for 4.8 months, ending around November 4. On July 24, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 70% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 30% of the time.

The cloudier part of the year begins around November 4 and lasts for 7.2 months, ending around June 11. On February 11, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 51% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 49% of the time.

Cloud Cover Categories

Cloud Cover Categories at Drake FieldclearercloudiercloudierJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%Jul 2470%Jul 2470%Feb 1149%Feb 1149%Jun 1159%Jun 1159%Nov 460%Nov 460%clearmostly clearpartly cloudymostly cloudyovercast
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 Drake Field varies throughout the year.

The wetter season lasts 3.5 months, from March 27 to July 12, with a greater than 30% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 43% on May 27.

The drier season lasts 8.5 months, from July 12 to March 27. The smallest chance of a wet day is 16% 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 43% on May 27.

Daily Chance of Precipitation

Daily Chance of Precipitation at Drake FieldwetdrydryJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%10%20%30%40%50%60%70%80%90%100%May 2743%May 2743%Jan 1216%Jan 1216%Jan 117%Jan 117%Mar 2730%Mar 2730%Jul 1230%Jul 1230%rainsnow
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. Drake Field experiences significant seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.

Rain falls throughout the year at Drake Field. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around May 13, with an average total accumulation of 4.9 inches.

The least rain falls around January 23, with an average total accumulation of 1.8 inches.

Average Monthly Rainfall

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. Drake Field experiences some seasonal variation in monthly liquid-equivalent snowfall.

The snowy period of the year lasts for 3.8 months, from November 25 to March 18, with a sliding 31-day liquid-equivalent snowfall of at least 0.1 inches. The most snow falls during the 31 days centered around January 29, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 0.3 inches.

The snowless period of the year lasts for 8.2 months, from March 18 to November 25. The least snow falls around July 31, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 0.0 inches.

Average Liquid-Equivalent Monthly Snowfall

Average Liquid-Equivalent Monthly Snowfall at Drake FieldsnowsnowJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 in1 in2 in3 in4 in5 inJan 290.3 inJan 290.3 inJul 310.0 inJul 310.0 inNov 250.1 inNov 250.1 inMar 180.1 inMar 180.1 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 Drake Field varies significantly over the course of the year. In 2017, the shortest day is December 21, with 9 hours, 43 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 20, with 14 hours, 37 minutes of daylight.

Hours of Daylight and Twilight

Hours of Daylight and Twilight at Drake FieldJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 hr24 hr4 hr20 hr8 hr16 hr12 hr12 hr16 hr8 hr20 hr4 hr24 hr0 hr12 hr, 7 minMar 2012 hr, 7 minMar 2014 hr, 37 minJun 2014 hr, 37 minJun 2012 hr, 8 minSep 2212 hr, 8 minSep 229 hr, 43 minDec 219 hr, 43 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 5:59 AM on June 12, and the latest sunrise is 1 hour, 43 minutes later at 7:42 AM on November 4. The earliest sunset is at 5:02 PM on December 5, and the latest sunset is 3 hours, 35 minutes later at 8:37 PM on June 28.

Daylight saving time (DST) is observed at Drake Field during 2017, starting in the spring on March 12, lasting 7.8 months, and ending in the fall on November 5.

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time at Drake FieldJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec2 AM4 AM6 AM8 AM10 AM12 PM2 PM4 PM6 PM8 PM10 PM12 AMJun 125:59 AMJun 125:59 AM8:37 PMJun 288:37 PMJun 28Dec 55:02 PMDec 55:02 PM7:42 AMNov 47:42 AMNov 4Mar 12DSTMar 12DSTDSTNov 5DSTNov 5daynightnightnightnightSolarMidnightSolarMidnightSolarNoonSunriseSunset
The solar day over the course of the year 2017. 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.

Drake Field experiences extreme seasonal variation in the perceived humidity.

The muggier period of the year lasts for 4.2 months, from May 19 to September 25, during which time the comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable at least 19% of the time. The muggiest day of the year is July 23, with muggy conditions 76% of the time.

The least muggy day of the year is February 7, when muggy conditions are essentially unheard of.

Humidity Comfort Levels

Humidity Comfort Levels at Drake FieldmuggyJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%10%20%30%40%50%60%70%80%90%100%Feb 70%Feb 70%76%Jul 2376%Jul 23May 1919%May 1919%Sep 2519%Sep 2519%oppressiveoppressivemuggymuggyhumidhumiddrydrycomfortablecomfortablemiserablemiserable
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 Drake Field experiences mild seasonal variation over the course of the year.

The windier part of the year lasts for 6.8 months, from October 21 to May 15, with average wind speeds of more than 5.4 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is March 1, with an average hourly wind speed of 6.8 miles per hour.

The calmer time of year lasts for 5.2 months, from May 15 to October 21. The calmest day of the year is August 3, with an average hourly wind speed of 3.9 miles per hour.

Average Wind Speed

Average Wind Speed at Drake FieldwindywindyJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 mph1 mph2 mph3 mph4 mph5 mph6 mph7 mph8 mph9 mph10 mphMar 16.8 mphMar 16.8 mphAug 33.9 mphAug 33.9 mphOct 215.4 mphOct 215.4 mphMay 155.4 mphMay 155.4 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 Drake Field is from the south throughout the year.

Wind Direction

Wind Direction at Drake FieldJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%20%80%40%60%60%40%80%20%100%0%southnortheastwest
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 Drake 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 Drake Field for general outdoor tourist activities is from mid May to late September, with a peak score in the last week of August.

Tourism Score

Tourism Score at Drake Fieldbest timeJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec02468106.16.10.70.76.16.1 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 Drake Field for hot-weather activities is from late June to late August, with a peak score in the third week of July.

Beach/Pool Score

Beach/Pool Score at Drake Fieldbest timeJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec02468106.06.00.00.0 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 Drake Field typically lasts for 6.4 months (197 days), from around April 11 to around October 25, rarely starting before March 23 or after April 29, and rarely ending before October 7 or after November 13.

Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season

Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season at Drake Fieldgrowing seasonJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%50%Apr 1150%Apr 1150%Oct 2550%Oct 2590%Apr 2990%Apr 2990%Oct 790%Oct 710%Mar 2310%Mar 2310%Nov 1310%Nov 130%Jan 270%Jan 27Jul 19100%Jul 19100%freezingvery coldcoldcomfortablewarmhotcoolfrigid
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 Drake Field should appear around February 28, only rarely appearing before February 10 or after March 18.

Growing Degree Days

Growing Degree Days at Drake FieldJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0°F500°F1,000°F1,500°F2,000°F2,500°F3,000°F3,500°F4,000°F4,500°FFeb 2887°FFeb 2887°FMay 25900°FMay 25900°FJul 41,800°FJul 41,800°FDec 314,392°FDec 314,392°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 4.0 months, from April 28 to August 28, 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 7.0 kWh.

The darker period of the year lasts for 3.0 months, from November 7 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 23, with an average of 2.4 kWh.

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy at Drake FieldbrightdarkdarkJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 kWh1 kWh2 kWh3 kWh4 kWh5 kWh6 kWh7 kWh8 kWh9 kWhJul 97.0 kWhJul 97.0 kWhDec 232.4 kWhDec 232.4 kWhApr 286.1 kWhApr 286.1 kWhAug 286.1 kWhAug 286.1 kWhNov 73.3 kWhNov 73.3 kWhFeb 83.3 kWhFeb 83.3 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 Drake Field are 36.005 deg latitude, -94.170 deg longitude, and 1,358 ft elevation.

The topography within 2 miles of Drake Field contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 407 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 1,347 feet. Within 10 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (1,171 feet). Within 50 miles contains very significant variations in elevation (2,238 feet).

The area within 2 miles of Drake Field is covered by cropland (54%), trees (35%), and artificial surfaces (11%), within 10 miles by cropland (45%) and trees (44%), and within 50 miles by trees (60%) and cropland (36%).

Data Sources

This report illustrates the typical weather at Drake 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

Drake 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 Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport, Bentonville Municipal Airport, Rogers Municipal Airport, Smith Field, Fort Smith Municipal Airport, Grove Municipal Airport, Tahlequah Municipal Airport, and Sallisaw Municipal Airport.

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.