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Average Weather at Columbus Airport Georgia, United States

At Columbus Airport, the summers are long, hot, and muggy; the winters are short, cold, and wet; and it is partly cloudy year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 39°F to 92°F and is rarely below 25°F or above 97°F.

Climate Summary

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

Temperature

The hot season lasts for 4.0 months, from May 22 to September 20, with an average daily high temperature above 85°F. The hottest day of the year is July 23, with an average high of 92°F and low of 74°F.

The cool season lasts for 2.9 months, from November 29 to February 23, with an average daily high temperature below 64°F. The coldest day of the year is January 17, with an average low of 39°F and high of 58°F.

Average High and Low Temperature

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 Columbus AirportJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec12 AM4 AM8 AM12 PM4 PM8 PM12 AMvery coldcoldcoldcoldcoldcoolcoolcomfortablewarmwarmhotvery cold
The average hourly temperature, color coded into bands: 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 shaded overlays indicate night and civil twilight.

Al Quwayrah, Jordan (6,628 miles away); Dursunlu, Turkey (6,361 miles); and Muzaffarābād, Pakistan (7,616 miles) are the far-away foreign places with temperatures most similar to Columbus Airport (view comparison).

Clouds

At Columbus 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 Columbus Airport begins around August 21 and lasts for 3.2 months, ending around November 27. On October 8, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 66% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 34% of the time.

The cloudier part of the year begins around November 27 and lasts for 8.8 months, ending around August 21. On January 3, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 52% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 48% of the time.

Cloud Cover Categories

Cloud Cover Categories at Columbus AirportclearercloudiercloudierJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%Oct 866%Oct 866%Jan 348%Jan 348%Aug 2157%Aug 2157%Nov 2758%Nov 2758%clearmostly clearpartly cloudymostly cloudyovercast
The percentage of time spent in each cloud cover band, categorized by the percentage of the sky covered by clouds: clear < 20% < mostly clear < 40% < partly cloudy < 60% < mostly cloudy < 80% < overcast.

Precipitation

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

The wetter season lasts 3.1 months, from May 28 to August 30, with a greater than 33% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 48% on July 9.

The drier season lasts 8.9 months, from August 30 to May 28. The smallest chance of a wet day is 17% on October 16.

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 48% on July 9.

Daily Chance of Precipitation

Daily Chance of Precipitation at Columbus AirportwetdrydryJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%10%20%30%40%50%60%70%80%90%100%Jul 948%Jul 948%Oct 1617%Oct 1617%Jan 129%Jan 129%May 2833%May 2833%Aug 3033%Aug 3033%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. Columbus Airport experiences significant seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.

Rain falls throughout the year at Columbus Airport. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around March 3, with an average total accumulation of 4.8 inches.

The least rain falls around October 19, with an average total accumulation of 2.4 inches.

Average Monthly Rainfall

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 Columbus Airport varies significantly over the course of the year. In 2017, the shortest day is December 21, with 10 hours, 1 minute of daylight; the longest day is June 21, with 14 hours, 17 minutes of daylight.

Hours of Daylight and Twilight

Hours of Daylight and Twilight at Columbus AirportJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 hr24 hr4 hr20 hr8 hr16 hr12 hr12 hr16 hr8 hr20 hr4 hr24 hr0 hr12 hr, 6 minMar 2012 hr, 6 minMar 2014 hr, 17 minJun 2114 hr, 17 minJun 2112 hr, 8 minSep 2212 hr, 8 minSep 2210 hr, 1 minDec 2110 hr, 1 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 6:31 AM on June 12, and the latest sunrise is 1 hour, 28 minutes later at 7:59 AM on November 4. The earliest sunset is at 5:33 PM on December 3, and the latest sunset is 3 hours, 17 minutes later at 8:51 PM on June 29.

Daylight saving time (DST) is observed at Columbus Airport during 2017, starting in the spring on March 12, lasting 7.8 months, and ending in the fall on November 5.

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time at Columbus AirportJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec2 AM4 AM6 AM8 AM10 AM12 PM2 PM4 PM6 PM8 PM10 PM12 AMJun 126:31 AMJun 126:31 AM8:51 PMJun 298:51 PMJun 29Dec 35:33 PMDec 35:33 PM7:59 AMNov 47:59 AMNov 4Mar 12DSTMar 12DSTDSTNov 5DSTNov 5daynightnightnightnightSolarMidnightSolarMidnightSolarNoonSunriseSunset
The solar day over the course of the year 2017. 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.

Columbus Airport experiences extreme seasonal variation in the perceived humidity.

The muggier period of the year lasts for 4.8 months, from May 14 to October 7, during which time the comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable at least 23% of the time. The muggiest day of the year is July 25, with muggy conditions 91% of the time.

The least muggy day of the year is January 24, when muggy conditions are essentially unheard of.

Humidity Comfort Levels

Humidity Comfort Levels at Columbus AirportmuggyJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%10%20%30%40%50%60%70%80%90%100%Jan 240%Jan 240%91%Jul 2591%Jul 25May 1423%May 1423%Oct 723%Oct 723%oppressiveoppressivemuggymuggydrydryhumidhumidmiserablemiserablecomfortablecomfortable
The percentage of time spent at various humidity comfort levels, categorized by dew point: dry < 55°F < comfortable < 60°F < humid < 65°F < muggy < 70°F < oppressive < 75°F < miserable.

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 Columbus Airport experiences mild seasonal variation over the course of the year.

The windier part of the year lasts for 7.2 months, from October 6 to May 13, with average wind speeds of more than 4.2 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is March 8, with an average hourly wind speed of 5.1 miles per hour.

The calmer time of year lasts for 4.8 months, from May 13 to October 6. The calmest day of the year is August 8, with an average hourly wind speed of 3.3 miles per hour.

Average Wind Speed

Average Wind Speed at Columbus AirportwindywindyJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 mph1 mph2 mph3 mph4 mph5 mph6 mph7 mph8 mphMar 85.1 mphMar 85.1 mphAug 83.3 mphAug 83.3 mphOct 64.2 mphOct 64.2 mphMay 134.2 mphMay 134.2 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 Columbus Airport varies throughout the year.

The wind is most often from the south for 4.3 weeks, from March 30 to April 29, with a peak percentage of 32% on April 18. The wind is most often from the west for 3.5 months, from April 29 to August 12 and for 3.1 months, from December 27 to March 30, with a peak percentage of 44% on July 15. The wind is most often from the east for 3.6 months, from August 12 to November 30, with a peak percentage of 47% on September 8.

Wind Direction

Wind Direction at Columbus AirportWSWENJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%20%80%40%60%60%40%80%20%100%0%westsoutheastnorth
The percentage of hours in which the mean wind direction is from each of the four cardinal wind directions (north, east, south, and west), excluding hours in which the mean wind speed is less than 1 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 Columbus 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 Columbus Airport for general outdoor tourist activities are from late April to early June and from mid September to late October, with a peak score in the first week of October.

Tourism Score

Tourism Score at Columbus Airportbest timebest timeJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec02468106.56.51.81.86.46.44.74.7 precipitationprecipitationcloudscloudstemperaturetemperaturetourism 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 Columbus Airport for hot-weather activities is from late May to late September, with a peak score in the last week of August.

Beach/Pool Score

Beach/Pool Score at Columbus Airportbest timeJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec02468106.46.40.20.26.06.05.85.8 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 Columbus Airport typically lasts for 8.8 months (270 days), from around March 3 to around November 28, rarely starting before February 10 or after March 24, and rarely ending before November 7 or after December 20.

Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season

Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season at Columbus 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 350%Mar 350%Nov 2850%Nov 2890%Mar 2490%Mar 2490%Nov 790%Nov 710%Feb 1010%Feb 1010%Dec 2010%Dec 200%Jan 160%Jan 16Jul 17100%Jul 17100%very coldcoldcoolcomfortablewarmhotsweltering
The percentage of time spent in various temperature bands: 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 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 Columbus Airport should appear around January 28, only rarely appearing before January 16 or after February 13.

Growing Degree Days

Growing Degree Days at Columbus AirportJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0°F1,000°F2,000°F3,000°F4,000°F5,000°F6,000°FJan 2889°FJan 2889°FApr 25900°FApr 25900°FJun 51,800°FJun 51,800°FDec 316,059°FDec 316,059°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 4.2 months, from April 9 to August 16, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 6.0 kWh. The brightest day of the year is May 19, with an average of 6.8 kWh.

The darker period of the year lasts for 2.6 months, from November 14 to February 4, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 3.5 kWh. The darkest day of the year is December 23, with an average of 2.7 kWh.

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy at Columbus AirportbrightdarkdarkJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 kWh1 kWh2 kWh3 kWh4 kWh5 kWh6 kWh7 kWh8 kWh9 kWhMay 196.8 kWhMay 196.8 kWhDec 232.7 kWhDec 232.7 kWhApr 96.0 kWhApr 96.0 kWhAug 166.0 kWhAug 166.0 kWhFeb 43.5 kWhFeb 43.5 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 Columbus Airport are 32.516 deg latitude, -84.939 deg longitude, and 377 ft elevation.

The topography within 2 miles of Columbus Airport contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 233 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 378 feet. Within 10 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (561 feet). Within 50 miles contains significant variations in elevation (1,211 feet).

The area within 2 miles of Columbus Airport is covered by artificial surfaces (100%), within 10 miles by trees (61%) and artificial surfaces (35%), and within 50 miles by trees (84%) and cropland (11%).

Data Sources

This report illustrates the typical weather at Columbus 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

Columbus 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 Lawson Army Airfield; Auburn-Opelika Robert G Pitts Airport; La Grange, Callaway Airport; Weedon Field; Thomaston, Thomaston-Upson County Airport; Newnan-Coweta County Airport; Atlanta Regional Airport; and Thomas C Russell Field.

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.