Average Weather at Bob Sikes Airport Florida, United States
At Bob Sikes 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 91°F and is rarely below 25°F or above 96°F.
Based on the tourism score, the best times of year to visit Bob Sikes Airport for warm-weather activities are from early April to late May and from mid September to late October.
The hot season lasts for 4.3 months, from May 16 to September 26, with an average daily high temperature above 85°F. The hottest day of the year is July 22, with an average high of 91°F and low of 72°F.
The cool season lasts for 2.8 months, from December 2 to February 24, with an average daily high temperature below 68°F. The coldest day of the year is January 19, with an average low of 40°F and high of 62°F.
Average High and Low Temperature
Average Hourly Temperature
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At Bob Sikes 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 Bob Sikes Airport begins around September 9 and lasts for 3.3 months, ending around December 18. On October 27, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 67% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 33% of the time.
The cloudier part of the year begins around December 18 and lasts for 8.7 months, ending around September 9. On July 10, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 57% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 43% 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 Bob Sikes Airport varies significantly throughout the year.
The wetter season lasts 2.9 months, from June 7 to September 3, with a greater than 41% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 61% on July 28.
The drier season lasts 9.1 months, from September 3 to June 7. The smallest chance of a wet day is 20% on October 15.
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 61% on July 28.
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. Bob Sikes Airport experiences significant seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.
Rain falls throughout the year at Bob Sikes Airport. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around July 19, with an average total accumulation of 5.5 inches.
The least rain falls around October 22, with an average total accumulation of 3.4 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall
The length of the day at Bob Sikes Airport varies significantly over the course of the year. In 2018, the shortest day is December 21, with 10 hours, 9 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 21, with 14 hours, 9 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight
The earliest sunrise is at 5:42 AM on June 11, and the latest sunrise is 1 hour, 20 minutes later at 7:02 AM on November 3. The earliest sunset is at 4:44 PM on December 3, and the latest sunset is 3 hours, 9 minutes later at 7:53 PM on June 30.
Daylight saving time (DST) is observed at Bob Sikes 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
Bob Sikes Airport experiences extreme seasonal variation in the perceived humidity.
The muggier period of the year lasts for 5.5 months, from May 2 to October 17, during which time the comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable at least 26% of the time. The muggiest day of the year is July 24, with muggy conditions 97% of the time.
The least muggy day of the year is February 5, with muggy conditions 3% of the time.
Humidity Comfort Levels
The average hourly wind speed at Bob Sikes Airport experiences mild seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The windier part of the year lasts for 7.6 months, from September 25 to May 12, with average wind speeds of more than 6.2 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is February 19, with an average hourly wind speed of 7.5 miles per hour.
The calmer time of year lasts for 4.4 months, from May 12 to September 25. The calmest day of the year is August 9, with an average hourly wind speed of 4.8 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed
The predominant average hourly wind direction at Bob Sikes Airport varies throughout the year.
The wind is most often from the south for 4.0 months, from March 1 to July 1, with a peak percentage of 41% on May 4. The wind is most often from the east for 2.4 months, from August 21 to November 3, with a peak percentage of 42% on September 16. The wind is most often from the north for 3.9 months, from November 3 to March 1, with a peak percentage of 39% on January 1.
Bob Sikes Airport is located near a large body of water (e.g., ocean, sea, or large lake). This section reports on the wide-area average surface temperature of that water.
The average water temperature experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The time of year with warmer water lasts for 3.9 months, from June 9 to October 5, with an average temperature above 80°F. The day of the year with the warmest water is August 13, with an average temperature of 85°F.
The time of year with cooler water lasts for 3.6 months, from December 17 to April 6, with an average temperature below 67°F. The day of the year with the coolest water is February 18, with an average temperature of 63°F.
Average Water Temperature
Best Time of Year to Visit
To characterize how pleasant the weather is at Bob Sikes 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 Bob Sikes Airport for general outdoor tourist activities are from early April to late May and from mid September to late October, with a peak score in the first week of May.
The beach/pool score favors clear, rainless days with perceived temperatures between 75°F and 90°F. Based on this score, the best times of year to visit Bob Sikes Airport for hot-weather activities are from mid May to early July and from early August to early October, with a peak score in the first week of September.
The growing season at Bob Sikes Airport typically lasts for 8.0 months (244 days), from around March 17 to around November 15, rarely starting before February 23 or after April 7, and rarely ending before October 24 or after December 11.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season
Based on growing degree days alone, the first spring blooms at Bob Sikes Airport should appear around January 18, only rarely appearing before January 11 or after February 1.
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 2.6 months, from April 3 to June 21, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 5.9 kWh. The brightest day of the year is May 19, with an average of 6.7 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 3.7 kWh. The darkest day of the year is December 23, with an average of 3.0 kWh.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Bob Sikes Airport are 30.779 deg latitude, -86.522 deg longitude, and 164 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Bob Sikes Airport contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 194 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 151 feet. Within 10 miles also contains only modest variations in elevation (249 feet). Within 50 miles also contains only modest variations in elevation (420 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Bob Sikes Airport is covered by trees (58%) and artificial surfaces (30%), within 10 miles by trees (70%) and artificial surfaces (13%), and within 50 miles by trees (55%) and water (19%).
This report illustrates the typical weather at Bob Sikes 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
Bob Sikes 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 Duke Field; Destin–Fort Walton Beach Airport; Florala Municipal Airport; Destin Executive Airport; Hurlburt Field; Milton, Whiting Field Naval Air Station North; Milton, Whiting Field South; and Milton, Choctaw Pensacola, Naval Auxiliary Landing Field.
Time zones for aiports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .