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Average Weather at Alexandria Esler Regional Airport Louisiana, United States

At Alexandria Esler Regional Airport, the summers are long, hot, and oppressive; the winters are short and cold; and it is wet and partly cloudy year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 40°F to 93°F and is rarely below 26°F or above 98°F.

Based on the tourism score, the best times of year to visit Alexandria Esler Regional Airport for warm-weather activities are from early April to early June and from early September to late October.

Climate Summary

coolwarmhotwarmcoolJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec69%69%50%50%clearovercastprecipitation: 5.3 inprecipitation: 5.3 in3.0 in3.0 inmuggy: 97%muggy: 97%2%2%tourism score: 6.0tourism score: 6.02.22.2
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Temperature

The hot season lasts for 4.0 months, from May 24 to September 24, with an average daily high temperature above 86°F. The hottest day of the year is August 12, with an average high of 93°F and low of 72°F.

The cool season lasts for 2.9 months, from November 29 to February 23, with an average daily high temperature below 66°F. The coldest day of the year is January 23, with an average low of 40°F and high of 59°F.

Average High and Low Temperature

Average High and Low Temperature at Alexandria Esler Regional AirporthotcoolcoolJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0°F10°F20°F30°F40°F50°F60°F70°F80°F90°F100°FJan 2359°FJan 2359°FAug 1293°FAug 1293°F40°F40°F72°F72°FMay 2486°FMay 2486°FSep 2486°FSep 2486°FNov 2966°FNov 2966°F65°F65°F64°F64°F45°F45°F44°F44°FLowHigh
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 Alexandria Esler Regional AirportJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec12 AM4 AM8 AM12 PM4 PM8 PM12 AMvery coldcoldcoldcoldcoldcoolcoolcomfortablewarmwarmhotvery cold
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 average hourly temperature, color coded into bands. The shaded overlays indicate night and civil twilight.

Al Quwayrah, Jordan (6,995 miles away) is the far-away foreign place with temperatures most similar to Alexandria Esler Regional Airport (view comparison).

Clouds

At Alexandria Esler Regional Airport, the average percentage of the sky covered by clouds experiences mild seasonal variation over the course of the year.

The clearer part of the year at Alexandria Esler Regional Airport begins around September 11 and lasts for 2.4 months, ending around November 24. On October 12, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 69% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 31% of the time.

The cloudier part of the year begins around November 24 and lasts for 9.6 months, ending around September 11. On January 3, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 50% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 50% of the time.

Cloud Cover Categories

Cloud Cover Categories at Alexandria Esler Regional AirportclearercloudierJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%Oct 1269%Oct 1269%Jan 350%Jan 350%Nov 2460%Nov 2460%clearmostly clearpartly cloudymostly cloudyovercast
0% clear 20% mostly clear 40% partly cloudy 60% mostly cloudy 80% overcast 100%
The percentage of time spent in each cloud cover band, categorized by the percentage of the sky covered by clouds.

Precipitation

A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. The chance of wet days at Alexandria Esler Regional Airport varies throughout the year.

The wetter season lasts 3.2 months, from May 15 to August 23, with a greater than 34% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 44% on June 20.

The drier season lasts 8.8 months, from August 23 to May 15. The smallest chance of a wet day is 23% on October 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 throughout the year is rain alone, with a peak probability of 44% on June 20.

Daily Chance of Precipitation

Daily Chance of Precipitation at Alexandria Esler Regional AirportwetdrydryJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%10%20%30%40%50%60%70%80%90%100%Jun 2044%Jun 2044%Oct 823%Oct 823%Jan 130%Jan 130%May 1534%May 1534%Aug 2334%Aug 2334%rain
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. Alexandria Esler Regional Airport experiences significant seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.

Rain falls throughout the year at Alexandria Esler Regional Airport. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around December 12, with an average total accumulation of 5.3 inches.

The least rain falls around August 4, with an average total accumulation of 3.0 inches.

Average Monthly Rainfall

Average Monthly Rainfall at Alexandria Esler Regional AirportJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 in2 in4 in6 in8 in10 in12 inDec 125.3 inDec 125.3 inAug 43.0 inAug 43.0 inFeb 125.1 inFeb 125.1 inMay 184.3 inMay 184.3 in
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.

Sun

The length of the day at Alexandria Esler Regional Airport varies significantly over the course of the year. In 2018, the shortest day is December 21, with 10 hours, 6 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 21, with 14 hours, 12 minutes of daylight.

Hours of Daylight and Twilight

Hours of Daylight and Twilight at Alexandria Esler Regional AirportJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 hr24 hr4 hr20 hr8 hr16 hr12 hr12 hr16 hr8 hr20 hr4 hr24 hr0 hr12 hr, 6 minMar 2012 hr, 6 minMar 2014 hr, 12 minJun 2114 hr, 12 minJun 2112 hr, 8 minSep 2212 hr, 8 minSep 2210 hr, 6 minDec 2110 hr, 6 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 6:04 AM on June 11, and the latest sunrise is 1 hour, 23 minutes later at 7:26 AM on November 3. The earliest sunset is at 5:05 PM on December 3, and the latest sunset is 3 hours, 12 minutes later at 8:17 PM on June 30.

Daylight saving time (DST) is observed at Alexandria Esler Regional 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

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time at Alexandria Esler Regional AirportJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec12 AM2 AM4 AM6 AM8 AM10 AM12 PM2 PM4 PM6 PM8 PM10 PM12 AMJun 116:04 AMJun 116:04 AM8:17 PMJun 308:17 PMJun 30Dec 35:05 PMDec 35:05 PM7:26 AMNov 37:26 AMNov 3Mar 11DSTMar 11DSTDSTNov 4DSTNov 4daynightnightnightnightSolarMidnightSolarMidnightSolarNoonSunriseSunset
The solar day over the course of the year 2018. 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.

Alexandria Esler Regional Airport experiences extreme seasonal variation in the perceived humidity.

The muggier period of the year lasts for 5.8 months, from April 24 to October 17, during which time the comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable at least 25% of the time. The muggiest day of the year is July 23, with muggy conditions 97% of the time.

The least muggy day of the year is January 23, with muggy conditions 2% of the time.

Humidity Comfort Levels

Humidity Comfort Levels at Alexandria Esler Regional AirportmuggyJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%10%20%30%40%50%60%70%80%90%100%Jan 232%Jan 232%97%Jul 2397%Jul 23Apr 2425%Apr 2425%Oct 1725%Oct 1725%miserablemiserableoppressiveoppressivedrydryhumidhumid
dry 55°F comfortable 60°F humid 65°F muggy 70°F oppressive 75°F miserable
The percentage of time spent at various humidity comfort levels, categorized by dew point.

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 Alexandria Esler Regional Airport experiences mild seasonal variation over the course of the year.

The windier part of the year lasts for 7.3 months, from October 13 to May 23, with average wind speeds of more than 5.2 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is March 7, with an average hourly wind speed of 6.3 miles per hour.

The calmer time of year lasts for 4.7 months, from May 23 to October 13. The calmest day of the year is July 29, with an average hourly wind speed of 4.1 miles per hour.

Average Wind Speed

Average Wind Speed at Alexandria Esler Regional AirportwindywindyJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 mph1 mph2 mph3 mph4 mph5 mph6 mph7 mph8 mph9 mph10 mphMar 76.3 mphMar 76.3 mphJul 294.1 mphJul 294.1 mphOct 135.2 mphOct 135.2 mphMay 235.2 mphMay 235.2 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 Alexandria Esler Regional Airport varies throughout the year.

The wind is most often from the south for 7.2 months, from February 17 to September 24 and for 2.1 months, from October 12 to December 15, with a peak percentage of 59% on June 3. The wind is most often from the north for 2.6 weeks, from September 24 to October 12 and for 2.1 months, from December 15 to February 17, with a peak percentage of 34% on October 5.

Wind Direction

Wind Direction at Alexandria Esler Regional AirportNSNSNJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%20%80%40%60%60%40%80%20%100%0%southnorthwesteast
northeastsouthwest
The percentage of hours in which the mean wind direction is from each of the four cardinal wind directions, excluding hours in which the mean wind speed is less than 1.0 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 Alexandria Esler Regional 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 Alexandria Esler Regional Airport for general outdoor tourist activities are from early April to early June and from early September to late October, with a peak score in the first week of May.

Tourism Score

Tourism Score at Alexandria Esler Regional Airportbest timeJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec02468106.06.02.22.26.06.04.64.6 precipitationprecipitationcloudscloudstourism 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 Alexandria Esler Regional Airport for hot-weather activities is from mid May to late September, with a peak score in the first week of September.

Beach/Pool Score

Beach/Pool Score at Alexandria Esler Regional Airportbest timeJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec02468105.75.70.50.55.75.7 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 Alexandria Esler Regional Airport typically lasts for 8.3 months (255 days), from around March 5 to around November 15, rarely starting before February 7 or after March 29, and rarely ending before October 25 or after December 7.

Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season

Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season at Alexandria Esler Regional Airportgrowing seasonJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%50%Mar 550%Mar 550%Nov 1550%Nov 1590%Mar 2990%Mar 2990%Oct 2590%Oct 2510%Feb 710%Feb 710%Dec 710%Dec 70%Jan 110%Jan 11Jul 16100%Jul 16100%very coldcoldcoolcomfortablewarmhotsweltering
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 percentage of time spent in various temperature bands. 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 Alexandria Esler Regional Airport should appear around January 22, only rarely appearing before January 13 or after February 7.

Growing Degree Days

Growing Degree Days at Alexandria Esler Regional AirportJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0°F1,000°F2,000°F3,000°F4,000°F5,000°F6,000°FJan 2290°FJan 2290°FApr 18900°FApr 18900°FMay 301,800°FMay 301,800°FDec 316,242°FDec 316,242°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 4.3 months, from April 5 to August 16, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 5.9 kWh. The brightest day of the year is June 2, with an average of 6.6 kWh.

The darker period of the year lasts for 2.5 months, from November 16 to February 2, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 3.6 kWh. The darkest day of the year is December 26, with an average of 2.8 kWh.

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy at Alexandria Esler Regional AirportbrightdarkdarkJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 kWh1 kWh2 kWh3 kWh4 kWh5 kWh6 kWh7 kWh8 kWh9 kWhJun 26.6 kWhJun 26.6 kWhDec 262.8 kWhDec 262.8 kWhApr 55.9 kWhApr 55.9 kWhAug 165.9 kWhAug 165.9 kWhFeb 23.6 kWhFeb 23.6 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 Alexandria Esler Regional Airport are 31.395 deg latitude, -92.296 deg longitude, and 98 ft elevation.

The topography within 2 miles of Alexandria Esler Regional Airport contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 144 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 99 feet. Within 10 miles also contains only modest variations in elevation (203 feet). Within 50 miles also contains only modest variations in elevation (433 feet).

The area within 2 miles of Alexandria Esler Regional Airport is covered by trees (42%), herbaceous vegetation (41%), and cropland (17%), within 10 miles by herbaceous vegetation (46%) and trees (38%), and within 50 miles by trees (36%) and herbaceous vegetation (32%).

Data Sources

This report illustrates the typical weather at Alexandria Esler Regional 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

Alexandria Esler Regional 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 Alexandria International Airport; Ft. Polk, Fullerton Landing Strip; Ft. Polk, Self Strip; Allen Parish Airport; Natchitoches Regional Airport; Fort Polk, Polk AAF Ft Polk; Ft. Polk, Peason Ridge; and Hardy-Anders Field Natchez-Adams County 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.