Average Weather at Fort Dodge Municipal Airport Iowa, United States
At Fort Dodge Municipal Airport, the summers are long, warm, and wet; 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 11°F to 84°F and is rarely below -9°F or above 92°F.
Based on the tourism score, the best time of year to visit Fort Dodge Municipal Airport for warm-weather activities is from mid June to early September.
The warm season lasts for 4.0 months, from May 20 to September 21, with an average daily high temperature above 73°F. The hottest day of the year is July 18, with an average high of 84°F and low of 64°F.
The cold season lasts for 3.2 months, from November 27 to March 3, with an average daily high temperature below 39°F. The coldest day of the year is January 21, with an average low of 11°F and high of 28°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
At Fort Dodge 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 Fort Dodge Municipal Airport begins around June 8 and lasts for 4.4 months, ending around October 22. On July 28, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 71% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 29% of the time.
The cloudier part of the year begins around October 22 and lasts for 7.6 months, ending around June 8. On December 29, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 56% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 44% 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 Fort Dodge Municipal Airport varies significantly throughout the year.
The wetter season lasts 5.6 months, from April 6 to September 25, with a greater than 26% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 43% on June 7.
The drier season lasts 6.4 months, from September 25 to April 6. The smallest chance of a wet day is 8% on January 11.
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 Fort Dodge Municipal Airport changes throughout the year.
Rain alone is the most common for 9.3 months, from February 24 to December 3. The highest chance of a day with rain alone is 43% on June 7.
Snow alone is the most common for 2.7 months, from December 3 to February 24. The highest chance of a day with snow alone is 7% on January 19.
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. Fort Dodge Municipal Airport experiences extreme seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.
The rainy period of the year lasts for 9.7 months, from February 24 to December 14, with a sliding 31-day rainfall of at least 0.5 inches. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around June 18, with an average total accumulation of 4.5 inches.
The rainless period of the year lasts for 2.3 months, from December 14 to February 24. The least rain falls around January 24, with an average total accumulation of 0.1 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall
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. Fort Dodge Municipal Airport experiences some seasonal variation in monthly liquid-equivalent snowfall.
The snowy period of the year lasts for 5.2 months, from October 31 to April 6, 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 17, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 0.4 inches.
The snowless period of the year lasts for 6.8 months, from April 6 to October 31. 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 Fort Dodge Municipal Airport varies significantly over the course of the year. In 2018, the shortest day is December 21, with 9 hours, 3 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 21, with 15 hours, 19 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight
The earliest sunrise is at 5:38 AM on June 15, and the latest sunrise is 2 hours, 14 minutes later at 7:53 AM on November 3. The earliest sunset is at 4:43 PM on December 7, and the latest sunset is 4 hours, 15 minutes later at 8:58 PM on June 26.
Daylight saving time (DST) is observed at Fort Dodge 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
Fort Dodge Municipal Airport experiences significant seasonal variation in the perceived humidity.
The muggier period of the year lasts for 3.2 months, from June 8 to September 14, during which time the comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable at least 11% of the time. The muggiest day of the year is July 21, with muggy conditions 44% of the time.
The least muggy day of the year is December 9, when muggy conditions are essentially unheard of.
Humidity Comfort Levels
The average hourly wind speed at Fort Dodge Municipal Airport experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The windier part of the year lasts for 7.9 months, from October 1 to May 30, with average wind speeds of more than 10.9 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is April 9, with an average hourly wind speed of 13.4 miles per hour.
The calmer time of year lasts for 4.1 months, from May 30 to October 1. The calmest day of the year is August 3, with an average hourly wind speed of 8.3 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed
The predominant average hourly wind direction at Fort Dodge Municipal Airport varies throughout the year.
The wind is most often from the south for 7.1 months, from April 25 to November 29, with a peak percentage of 46% on September 5. The wind is most often from the north for 1.6 weeks, from November 29 to December 10 and for 4.3 months, from December 16 to April 25, with a peak percentage of 30% on December 5. The wind is most often from the west for 6.0 days, from December 10 to December 16, with a peak percentage of 31% on December 13.
Best Time of Year to Visit
To characterize how pleasant the weather is at Fort Dodge 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 Fort Dodge 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 Fort Dodge Municipal Airport for hot-weather activities is from late June to mid August, with a peak score in the third 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 Fort Dodge Municipal Airport typically lasts for 5.4 months (165 days), from around April 24 to around October 6, rarely starting before April 6 or after May 12, and rarely ending before September 18 or after October 24.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season
Based on growing degree days alone, the first spring blooms at Fort Dodge Municipal Airport should appear around April 15, only rarely appearing before April 3 or after May 3.
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 5 to August 22, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 6.0 kWh. The brightest day of the year is July 8, with an average of 7.1 kWh.
The darker period of the year lasts for 3.4 months, from October 31 to February 10, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 2.8 kWh. The darkest day of the year is December 18, with an average of 1.7 kWh.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Fort Dodge Municipal Airport are 42.551 deg latitude, -94.192 deg longitude, and 1,109 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Fort Dodge Municipal Airport contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 180 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 1,090 feet. Within 10 miles also contains only modest variations in elevation (279 feet). Within 50 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (636 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Fort Dodge Municipal Airport is covered by cropland (97%), within 10 miles by cropland (95%), and within 50 miles by cropland (97%).
This report illustrates the typical weather at Fort Dodge 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
Fort Dodge 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 Webster City Municipal Airport, Clarion Municipal Airport, Algona Municipal Airport, Boone Municipal Airport, Perry Municipal Airport, Arthur N Neu Airport, Ames Municipal Airport, and Forest City Municipal Airport.
Time zones for aiports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .