Average Weather at Pryor Field Alabama, United States
At Pryor Field, the summers are long, hot, and muggy; the winters are short, very cold, and wet; and it is partly cloudy year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 33°F to 89°F and is rarely below 18°F or above 96°F.
Based on the tourism score, the best times of year to visit Pryor Field for warm-weather activities are from early May to late June and from mid August to mid October.
The hot season lasts for 4.0 months, from May 24 to September 22, with an average daily high temperature above 81°F. The hottest day of the year is July 22, with an average high of 89°F and low of 70°F.
The cool season lasts for 2.9 months, from November 28 to February 25, with an average daily high temperature below 58°F. The coldest day of the year is January 17, with an average low of 33°F and high of 50°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 Pryor 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 Pryor Field begins around June 7 and lasts for 5.4 months, ending around November 20. On September 21, 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 November 20 and lasts for 6.6 months, ending around June 7. On January 5, 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
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 Pryor Field varies throughout the year.
The wetter season lasts 8.2 months, from December 9 to August 15, with a greater than 32% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 42% on July 9.
The drier season lasts 3.8 months, from August 15 to December 9. The smallest chance of a wet day is 22% 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 42% on July 9.
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. Pryor Field experiences significant seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.
Rain falls throughout the year at Pryor Field. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around December 4, with an average total accumulation of 5.1 inches.
The least rain falls around August 22, with an average total accumulation of 2.8 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall
The sliding 31-day liquid-equivalent quantity of snowfall at Pryor Field 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 Pryor Field varies significantly over the course of the year. In 2018, the shortest day is December 21, with 9 hours, 50 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 21, with 14 hours, 29 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight
The earliest sunrise is at 5:34 AM on June 13, and the latest sunrise is 1 hour, 36 minutes later at 7:10 AM on November 3. The earliest sunset is at 4:36 PM on December 5, and the latest sunset is 3 hours, 28 minutes later at 8:04 PM on June 28.
Daylight saving time (DST) is observed at Pryor Field 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
Pryor Field experiences extreme seasonal variation in the perceived humidity.
The muggier period of the year lasts for 4.4 months, from May 16 to September 29, during which time the comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable at least 22% of the time. The muggiest day of the year is July 23, with muggy conditions 88% of the time.
The least muggy day of the year is February 5, 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 Pryor Field experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The windier part of the year lasts for 6.7 months, from October 25 to May 14, with average wind speeds of more than 5.8 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is February 25, with an average hourly wind speed of 7.4 miles per hour.
The calmer time of year lasts for 5.3 months, from May 14 to October 25. The calmest day of the year is July 28, with an average hourly wind speed of 4.2 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed
The predominant average hourly wind direction at Pryor Field varies throughout the year.
The wind is most often from the north for 1.3 months, from January 17 to February 25 and for 2.4 months, from August 3 to October 14, with a peak percentage of 35% on January 29. The wind is most often from the south for 4.3 months, from February 25 to July 2; for 3.0 days, from July 31 to August 3; and for 3.1 months, from October 14 to January 17, with a peak percentage of 45% on May 15. The wind is most often from the west for 4.1 weeks, from July 2 to July 31, with a peak percentage of 34% on July 14.
Best Time of Year to Visit
To characterize how pleasant the weather is at Pryor 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 times of year to visit Pryor Field 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 Pryor Field for hot-weather activities is from mid June to early September, with a peak score in the second week of August.
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 Pryor Field typically lasts for 7.3 months (224 days), from around March 25 to around November 4, rarely starting before March 5 or after April 13, and rarely ending before October 17 or after November 22.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season
Based on growing degree days alone, the first spring blooms at Pryor Field should appear around February 17, only rarely appearing before January 28 or after March 8.
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 4.8 months, from April 11 to September 3, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 5.8 kWh. The brightest day of the year is June 20, with an average of 6.6 kWh.
The darker period of the year lasts for 2.8 months, from November 13 to February 5, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 3.3 kWh. The darkest day of the year is December 25, with an average of 2.4 kWh.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Pryor Field are 34.653 deg latitude, -86.945 deg longitude, and 574 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Pryor Field is essentially flat, with a maximum elevation change of 69 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 578 feet. Within 10 miles is essentially flat (325 feet). Within 50 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (1,562 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Pryor Field is covered by cropland (70%) and trees (14%), within 10 miles by cropland (63%) and artificial surfaces (15%), and within 50 miles by cropland (49%) and trees (43%).
This report illustrates the typical weather at Pryor 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
Pryor 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 Huntsville International Airport-Carl T Jones Field; Cullman Regional Airport-Folsom Field; Huntsville Airport North; Muscle Shoals Regional Airport; Posey Field; Albertville, Albertville Municipal Airport; Scottsboro Municipal Airport Word Field; and Northeast Alabama Regional Airport.
Time zones for aiports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .