Average Weather at Lake Cumberland Regional Airport Kentucky, United States
At Lake Cumberland Regional Airport, the summers are hot and humid, the winters are very cold, and it is wet and partly cloudy year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 28°F to 88°F and is rarely below 12°F or above 95°F.
Based on the tourism score, the best times of year to visit Lake Cumberland Regional Airport for warm-weather activities are from early June to early July and from late July to late September.
The hot season lasts for 3.8 months, from May 26 to September 21, with an average daily high temperature above 79°F. The hottest day of the year is July 21, with an average high of 88°F and low of 67°F.
The cold season lasts for 3.0 months, from November 29 to February 27, with an average daily high temperature below 54°F. The coldest day of the year is January 29, with an average low of 28°F and high of 46°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
At Lake Cumberland Regional 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 Lake Cumberland Regional Airport begins around June 15 and lasts for 4.9 months, ending around November 11. On September 21, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 68% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 32% of the time.
The cloudier part of the year begins around November 11 and lasts for 7.1 months, ending around June 15. On January 3, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 59% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 41% 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 Lake Cumberland Regional Airport varies throughout the year.
The wetter season lasts 4.7 months, from March 31 to August 20, with a greater than 34% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 44% on July 8.
The drier season lasts 7.3 months, from August 20 to March 31. The smallest chance of a wet day is 24% on October 17.
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 July 8.
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. Lake Cumberland Regional Airport experiences some seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.
Rain falls throughout the year at Lake Cumberland Regional Airport. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around May 4, with an average total accumulation of 4.3 inches.
The least rain falls around October 20, with an average total accumulation of 2.7 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall
The sliding 31-day liquid-equivalent quantity of snowfall at Lake Cumberland Regional Airport 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 Lake Cumberland Regional Airport varies significantly over the course of the year. In 2018, the shortest day is December 21, with 9 hours, 37 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 21, with 14 hours, 43 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight
The earliest sunrise is at 6:18 AM on June 13, and the latest sunrise is 1 hour, 47 minutes later at 8:04 AM on November 3. The earliest sunset is at 5:21 PM on December 6, and the latest sunset is 3 hours, 41 minutes later at 9:02 PM on June 28.
Daylight saving time (DST) is observed at Lake Cumberland 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
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.
Lake Cumberland Regional Airport experiences extreme seasonal variation in the perceived humidity.
The muggier period of the year lasts for 4.0 months, from May 25 to September 23, during which time the comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable at least 17% of the time. The muggiest day of the year is July 25, with muggy conditions 69% of the time.
The least muggy day of the year is January 11, when muggy conditions are essentially unheard of.
Humidity Comfort Levels
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 Lake Cumberland Regional Airport experiences mild seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The windier part of the year lasts for 6.2 months, from November 2 to May 9, with average wind speeds of more than 5.4 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is February 25, with an average hourly wind speed of 6.8 miles per hour.
The calmer time of year lasts for 5.8 months, from May 9 to November 2. The calmest day of the year is August 1, with an average hourly wind speed of 3.9 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed
The predominant average hourly wind direction at Lake Cumberland Regional Airport varies throughout the year.
The wind is most often from the west for 1.7 months, from January 4 to February 24 and for 1.9 months, from June 19 to August 17, with a peak percentage of 40% on July 13. The wind is most often from the south for 3.8 months, from February 24 to June 19 and for 4.6 months, from August 17 to January 4, with a peak percentage of 38% on May 15.
Best Time of Year to Visit
To characterize how pleasant the weather is at Lake Cumberland 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 Lake Cumberland Regional Airport for general outdoor tourist activities are from early June to early July and from late July to late September, with a peak score in the first 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 Lake Cumberland Regional Airport for hot-weather activities is from mid June to early September, with a peak score in the last week of July.
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 Lake Cumberland Regional Airport typically lasts for 6.4 months (196 days), from around April 12 to around October 25, rarely starting before March 26 or after April 30, and rarely ending before October 7 or after November 12.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and 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 Lake Cumberland Regional Airport should appear around March 1, only rarely appearing before February 10 or after March 23.
Growing Degree Days
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 4.4 months, from April 21 to September 3, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 5.7 kWh. The brightest day of the year is June 23, with an average of 6.6 kWh.
The darker period of the year lasts for 3.0 months, from November 10 to February 9, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 3.0 kWh. The darkest day of the year is December 24, with an average of 2.1 kWh.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Lake Cumberland Regional Airport are 37.054 deg latitude, -84.616 deg longitude, and 932 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Lake Cumberland Regional Airport contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 427 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 913 feet. Within 10 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (686 feet). Within 50 miles contains significant variations in elevation (2,313 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Lake Cumberland Regional Airport is covered by cropland (62%) and artificial surfaces (28%), within 10 miles by cropland (49%) and trees (42%), and within 50 miles by trees (62%) and cropland (35%).
This report illustrates the typical weather at Lake Cumberland 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
Lake Cumberland 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 Wayne County Airport, London-Corbin Airport, Stuart Powell Field, Madison Airport, Middlesboro-Bell County Airport, Blue Grass Airport, Oak Ridge, and Capital City Airport.
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.
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.