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Climate and Average Weather Year Round at Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport Florida, United States

At Northwest Florida Beaches International 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 43°F to 90°F and is rarely below 30°F or above 93°F.

Based on the tourism score, the best times of year to visit Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport for warm-weather activities are from early April to mid May and from late September to late October.

Climate at Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport

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Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport weather by month. Click on each chart for more information.

The hot season lasts for 4.6 months, from May 14 to October 1, with an average daily high temperature above 84°F. The hottest month of the year at Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport is July, with an average high of 89°F and low of 73°F.

The cool season lasts for 2.9 months, from December 3 to February 27, with an average daily high temperature below 68°F. The coldest month of the year at Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport is January, with an average low of 43°F and high of 63°F.

Average High and Low Temperature at Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport

Average High and Low Temperature at Northwest Florida Beaches International AirporthotcoolcoolJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0°F0°F10°F10°F20°F20°F30°F30°F40°F40°F50°F50°F60°F60°F70°F70°F80°F80°F90°F90°F100°F100°FJan 2663°FJan 2663°FJul 2290°FJul 2290°F43°F43°F74°F74°FMay 1484°FMay 1484°FOct 184°FOct 184°FDec 368°FDec 368°FFeb 2768°FFeb 2768°F64°F64°F64°F64°F47°F47°F48°F48°FNowNow
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.
AverageJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
High 63°F65°F72°F78°F85°F88°F89°F89°F87°F80°F72°F65°F
Temp. 52°F55°F61°F67°F74°F80°F81°F81°F78°F69°F60°F54°F
Low 43°F46°F52°F58°F65°F71°F73°F73°F69°F59°F50°F46°F

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 Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport

Average Hourly Temperature at Northwest Florida Beaches International AirportJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec12 AM12 AM2 AM2 AM4 AM4 AM6 AM6 AM8 AM8 AM10 AM10 AM12 PM12 PM2 PM2 PM4 PM4 PM6 PM6 PM8 PM8 PM10 PM10 PM12 AM12 AMNowNowcoldcoldcoldcoldcoolcoolcomfortablecomfortablewarmhot
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.

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At Northwest Florida Beaches International 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 Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport begins around September 12 and lasts for 9.0 months, ending around June 10.

The clearest month of the year at Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport is October, during which on average the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 65% of the time.

The cloudier part of the year begins around June 10 and lasts for 3.0 months, ending around September 12.

The cloudiest month of the year at Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport is July, during which on average the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 59% of the time.

Cloud Cover Categories at Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport

Cloud Cover Categories at Northwest Florida Beaches International AirportclearerclearercloudierJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%Oct 2666%Oct 2666%Jul 1140%Jul 1140%Sep 1253%Sep 1253%Jun 1054%Jun 1054%NowNowclearmostly 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.
FractionJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Cloudier 44%43%42%38%42%50%59%54%44%35%37%43%
Clearer 56%57%58%62%58%50%41%46%56%65%63%57%

A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. The chance of wet days at Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport varies significantly throughout the year.

The wetter season lasts 3.1 months, from June 7 to September 9, with a greater than 41% chance of a given day being a wet day. The month with the most wet days at Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport is July, with an average of 18.2 days with at least 0.04 inches of precipitation.

The drier season lasts 8.9 months, from September 9 to June 7. The month with the fewest wet days at Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport is October, with an average of 6.7 days with at least 0.04 inches of precipitation.

Among wet days, we distinguish between those that experience rain alone, snow alone, or a mixture of the two. The month with the most days of rain alone at Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport is July, with an average of 18.2 days. Based on this categorization, the most common form of precipitation throughout the year is rain alone, with a peak probability of 62% on July 27.

Daily Chance of Precipitation at Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport

Daily Chance of Precipitation at Northwest Florida Beaches International AirportwetdrydryJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%0%10%10%20%20%30%30%40%40%50%50%60%60%70%70%80%80%90%90%100%100%Jul 2762%Jul 2762%Oct 2919%Oct 2919%Jun 741%Jun 741%Sep 941%Sep 941%NowNowrain
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).
Days ofJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Rain 9.1d8.6d8.9d7.8d8.6d13.9d18.2d17.1d10.7d6.7d7.1d8.6d
Mixed 0.1d0.0d0.0d0.0d0.0d0.0d0.0d0.0d0.0d0.0d0.0d0.0d
Any 9.3d8.7d8.9d7.8d8.6d13.9d18.2d17.1d10.7d6.7d7.1d8.7d

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. Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport experiences significant seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.

Rain falls throughout the year at Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport. The month with the most rain at Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport is July, with an average rainfall of 5.8 inches.

The month with the least rain at Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport is May, with an average rainfall of 3.0 inches.

Average Monthly Rainfall at Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport

Average Monthly Rainfall at Northwest Florida Beaches International AirportJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 in0 in2 in2 in4 in4 in6 in6 in8 in8 in10 in10 in12 in12 inJul 225.8 inJul 225.8 inMay 102.9 inMay 102.9 inFeb 225.2 inFeb 225.2 inOct 223.1 inOct 223.1 inNowNow
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 snowfall.
JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Rainfall 4.3″5.1″5.0″3.8″3.0″5.0″5.8″5.2″4.1″3.2″3.5″3.9″

The length of the day at Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport varies significantly over the course of the year. In 2024, the shortest day is December 21, with 10 hours, 11 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 20, with 14 hours, 7 minutes of daylight.

Hours of Daylight and Twilight at Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport

Hours of Daylight and Twilight at Northwest Florida Beaches International AirportJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 hr24 hr4 hr20 hr8 hr16 hr12 hr12 hr16 hr8 hr20 hr4 hr24 hr0 hr12 hr, 7 minMar 1912 hr, 7 minMar 1914 hr, 7 minJun 2014 hr, 7 minJun 2012 hr, 9 minSep 2212 hr, 9 minSep 2210 hr, 11 minDec 2110 hr, 11 minDec 21nightnightdayNowNow
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.
Hours ofJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Daylight 10.4h11.1h12.0h12.9h13.7h14.1h13.9h13.2h12.3h11.4h10.6h10.2h

The earliest sunrise is at 5:40 AM on June 11, and the latest sunrise is 1 hour, 18 minutes later at 6:58 AM on November 2. The earliest sunset is at 4:42 PM on December 2, and the latest sunset is 3 hours, 7 minutes later at 7:49 PM on June 30.

Daylight saving time (DST) is observed at Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport during 2024, starting in the spring on March 10, lasting 7.8 months, and ending in the fall on November 3.

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time at Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time at Northwest Florida Beaches International AirportJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec12 AM2 AM4 AM6 AM8 AM10 AM12 PM2 PM4 PM6 PM8 PM10 PM12 AMJun 115:40 AMJun 115:40 AM7:49 PMJun 307:49 PMJun 30Dec 24:42 PMDec 24:42 PM6:58 AMNov 26:58 AMNov 2Mar 10DSTMar 10DSTDSTNov 3DSTNov 3daynightnightnightSolarMidnightSolarMidnightSolarNoonSunriseSunsetNowNow
The solar day over the course of the year 2024. 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.

The figure below presents a compact representation of the sun's elevation (the angle of the sun above the horizon) and azimuth (its compass bearing) for every hour of every day in the reporting period. The horizontal axis is the day of the year and the vertical axis is the hour of the day. For a given day and hour of that day, the background color indicates the azimuth of the sun at that moment. The black isolines are contours of constant solar elevation.

Solar Elevation and Azimuth at Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport

Solar Elevation and Azimuth at Northwest Florida Beaches International AirportJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec12 AM12 AM2 AM2 AM4 AM4 AM6 AM6 AM8 AM8 AM10 AM10 AM12 PM12 PM2 PM2 PM4 PM4 PM6 PM6 PM8 PM8 PM10 PM10 PM12 AM12 AM0001010101020202030303040404050506060708000010101020202020303030404040505050606070708036NowNow
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Solar elevation and azimuth over the course of the year 2024. The black lines are lines of constant solar elevation (the angle of the sun above the horizon, in degrees). The background color fills indicate the azimuth (the compass bearing) of the sun. The lightly tinted areas at the boundaries of the cardinal compass points indicate the implied intermediate directions (northeast, southeast, southwest, and northwest).

The figure below presents a compact representation of key lunar data for 2024. The horizontal axis is the day, the vertical axis is the hour of the day, and the colored areas indicate when the moon is above the horizon. The vertical gray bars (new Moons) and blue bars (full Moons) indicate key Moon phases.

Moon Rise, Set & Phases at Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport

The time in which the moon is above the horizon (light blue area), with new moons (dark gray lines) and full moons (blue lines) indicated. The shaded overlays indicate night and civil twilight.

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.

Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport experiences extreme seasonal variation in the perceived humidity.

The muggier period of the year lasts for 5.9 months, from April 24 to October 21, during which time the comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable at least 28% of the time. The month with the most muggy days at Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport is July, with 30.1 days that are muggy or worse.

The month with the fewest muggy days at Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport is January, with 1.8 days that are muggy or worse.

Humidity Comfort Levels at Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport

Humidity Comfort Levels at Northwest Florida Beaches International AirportmuggyJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%0%10%10%20%20%30%30%40%40%50%50%60%60%70%70%80%80%90%90%100%100%Jan 245%Jan 245%98%Jul 2398%Jul 23Apr 2428%Apr 2428%Oct 2128%Oct 2128%NowNowmiserablemiserableoppressiveoppressivedrydrymuggymuggyhumidhumidcomfortablecomfortable
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.
JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Muggy days 1.8d2.0d3.4d6.9d16.6d26.2d30.1d29.8d22.6d10.6d4.1d2.9d

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 Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.

The windier part of the year lasts for 7.3 months, from September 24 to May 1, with average wind speeds of more than 7.7 miles per hour. The windiest month of the year at Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport is February, with an average hourly wind speed of 9.3 miles per hour.

The calmer time of year lasts for 4.8 months, from May 1 to September 24. The calmest month of the year at Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport is August, with an average hourly wind speed of 6.2 miles per hour.

Average Wind Speed at Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport

Average Wind Speed at Northwest Florida Beaches International AirportwindywindyJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 mph0 mph2 mph2 mph4 mph4 mph6 mph6 mph8 mph8 mph10 mph10 mph12 mph12 mph14 mph14 mphFeb 199.3 mphFeb 199.3 mphAug 86.0 mphAug 86.0 mphSep 247.7 mphSep 247.7 mphMay 17.7 mphMay 17.7 mphNowNow
The average of mean hourly wind speeds (dark gray line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.
JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Wind Speed (mph) 9.29.39.08.47.36.66.36.27.28.18.79.0

The predominant average hourly wind direction at Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport varies throughout the year.

The wind is most often from the south for 2.9 months, from February 29 to May 27, with a peak percentage of 36% on April 26. The wind is most often from the west for 2.9 months, from May 27 to August 23, with a peak percentage of 45% on July 13. The wind is most often from the north for 3.5 months, from November 14 to February 28, with a peak percentage of 38% on January 1.

Wind Direction at Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport

Wind Direction at Northwest Florida Beaches International AirportNSWENJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%20%80%40%60%60%40%80%20%100%0%NowNowwestsoutheastnorth
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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).

Northwest Florida Beaches International 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 8 to October 4, with an average temperature above 80°F. The month of the year at Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport with the warmest water is August, with an average temperature of 85°F.

The time of year with cooler water lasts for 3.6 months, from December 16 to April 5, with an average temperature below 67°F. The month of the year at Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport with the coolest water is February, with an average temperature of 63°F.

Average Water Temperature at Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport

Average Water Temperature at Northwest Florida Beaches International AirportwarmcoolJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec60°F60°F65°F65°F70°F70°F75°F75°F80°F80°F85°F85°F90°F90°FAug 1285°FAug 1285°F63°FFeb 863°FFeb 8Jun 880°FJun 880°FOct 480°FOct 480°FDec 1667°FDec 1667°FApr 567°FApr 567°FNowNow
The daily average water temperature (purple line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.
WaterJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Temperature 64°F63°F65°F69°F76°F81°F84°F85°F83°F78°F72°F67°F

To characterize how pleasant the weather is at Northwest Florida Beaches International 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 Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport for general outdoor tourist activities are from early April to mid May and from late September to late October, with a peak score in the last week of April.

Tourism Score at Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport

Tourism Score at Northwest Florida Beaches International Airportbest timeJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec002244668810106.66.63.13.16.26.23.83.8NowNowtemperaturetemperature cloudscloudsprecipitationprecipitationtourism 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 times of year to visit Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport for hot-weather activities are from early May to late June and from late August to early October, with a peak score in the first week of June.

Beach/Pool Score at Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport

Beach/Pool Score at Northwest Florida Beaches International Airportbest timeJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec002244668810106.06.00.70.75.85.84.94.9NowNowtemperaturetemperature cloudscloudsprecipitationprecipitationbeach/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.

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 Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport typically lasts for 9.8 months (296 days), from around February 18 to around December 10, rarely starting before January 20 or after March 14, and rarely ending before November 12 or after January 4.

Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season at Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport

Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season at Northwest Florida Beaches International Airportgrowing seasonJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%50%Feb 1850%Feb 1850%Dec 1050%Dec 1090%Mar 1490%Mar 1490%Nov 1290%Nov 1210%Jan 2010%Jan 20Jul 13100%Jul 13100%NowNowcoldcoolcomfortablewarmhotvery 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 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 Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport should appear around January 17, only rarely appearing before January 10 or after January 28.

Growing Degree Days at Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport

Growing Degree Days at Northwest Florida Beaches International AirportJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0°F0°F1,000°F1,000°F2,000°F2,000°F3,000°F3,000°F4,000°F4,000°F5,000°F5,000°F6,000°F6,000°F7,000°F7,000°FJan 1790°FJan 1790°FApr 10900°FApr 10900°FMay 231,800°FMay 231,800°FDec 316,736°FDec 316,736°FNowNow
The average growing degree days accumulated over the course of the year, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

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 2.4 months, from April 1 to June 14, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 6.0 kWh. The brightest month of the year at Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport is May, with an average of 6.6 kWh.

The darker period of the year lasts for 2.6 months, from November 14 to February 2, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 3.8 kWh. The darkest month of the year at Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport is December, with an average of 3.2 kWh.

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy at Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy at Northwest Florida Beaches International AirportbrightdarkdarkJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 kWh0 kWh1 kWh1 kWh2 kWh2 kWh3 kWh3 kWh4 kWh4 kWh5 kWh5 kWh6 kWh6 kWh7 kWh7 kWh8 kWh8 kWh9 kWh9 kWhApr 306.7 kWhApr 306.7 kWhDec 203.1 kWhDec 203.1 kWhJun 146.0 kWhJun 146.0 kWhFeb 23.8 kWhFeb 23.8 kWhNowNow
The average daily shortwave solar energy reaching the ground per square meter (orange line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.
JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Solar Energy (kWh) 3.44.35.46.46.66.05.45.25.24.73.83.2

For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport are 30.358 deg latitude, -85.799 deg longitude, and 66 ft elevation.

The topography within 2 miles of Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport is essentially flat, with a maximum elevation change of 69 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 53 feet. Within 10 miles is essentially flat (144 feet). Within 50 miles also contains only modest variations in elevation (328 feet).

The area within 2 miles of Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport is covered by trees (86%) and herbaceous vegetation (13%), within 10 miles by trees (56%) and herbaceous vegetation (27%), and within 50 miles by trees (40%) and water (35%).

This report illustrates the typical weather at Northwest Florida Beaches International 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

Northwest Florida Beaches International 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 Panama City-Bay County International Airport (historical), Tyndall Air Force Base, Destin Executive Airport, Destin–Fort Walton Beach Airport, Marianna Municipal Airport, Duke Field, Bob Sikes Airport, and Florala 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 Algorithms 2nd Edition , 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 airports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .

Maps are © OpenStreetMap contributors.

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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.

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