Climate and Average Weather Year Round at Crystal River Airport Florida, United States
At Crystal River Airport, the summers are long, hot, oppressive, and mostly cloudy; the winters are short, cool, and partly cloudy; and it is wet year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 45°F to 91°F and is rarely below 30°F or above 94°F.
Based on the tourism score, the best times of year to visit Crystal River Airport for warm-weather activities are from mid March to mid May and from mid October to late November.
Climate at Crystal River Airport
Average Temperature at Crystal River Airport
The hot season lasts for 4.6 months, from May 16 to October 3, with an average daily high temperature above 86°F. The hottest day of the year is August 12, with an average high of 91°F and low of 72°F.
The cool season lasts for 2.8 months, from December 7 to February 28, with an average daily high temperature below 73°F. The coldest day of the year is January 18, with an average low of 45°F and high of 69°F.
Average High and Low Temperature at Crystal River Airport
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 Crystal River Airport
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At Crystal River 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 Crystal River Airport begins around September 28 and lasts for 8.3 months, ending around June 7. On May 1, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 65% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 35% of the time.
The cloudier part of the year begins around June 7 and lasts for 3.7 months, ending around September 28. On July 10, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 66% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 34% of the time.
Cloud Cover Categories at Crystal River Airport
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A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. The chance of wet days at Crystal River Airport varies very significantly throughout the year.
The wetter season lasts 3.4 months, from June 6 to September 18, with a greater than 44% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 72% on July 31.
The drier season lasts 8.6 months, from September 18 to June 6. The smallest chance of a wet day is 15% on October 31.
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 72% on July 31.
Daily Chance of Precipitation at Crystal River Airport
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. Crystal River Airport experiences extreme seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.
Rain falls throughout the year at Crystal River Airport. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around August 10, with an average total accumulation of 6.8 inches.
The least rain falls around November 9, with an average total accumulation of 1.7 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall at Crystal River Airport
The length of the day at Crystal River Airport varies over the course of the year. In 2021, the shortest day is December 21, with 10 hours, 18 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 20, with 13 hours, 59 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight at Crystal River Airport
The earliest sunrise is at 6:31 AM on June 10, and the latest sunrise is 1 hour, 15 minutes later at 7:46 AM on November 6. The earliest sunset is at 5:32 PM on December 1, and the latest sunset is 3 hours, 0 minutes later at 8:32 PM on July 1.
Daylight saving time (DST) is observed at Crystal River Airport during 2021, starting in the spring on March 14, lasting 7.8 months, and ending in the fall on November 7.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time at Crystal River Airport
The figure below presents a compact representation of key lunar data for 2021. 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 Crystal River Airport
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.
Crystal River Airport experiences extreme seasonal variation in the perceived humidity.
The muggier period of the year lasts for 6.5 months, from April 26 to November 10, during which time the comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable at least 29% of the time. The muggiest day of the year is August 17, with muggy conditions 99% of the time.
The least muggy day of the year is January 30, with muggy conditions 5% of the time.
Humidity Comfort Levels at Crystal River Airport
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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 Crystal River Airport experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The windier part of the year lasts for 7.9 months, from September 24 to May 19, with average wind speeds of more than 7.5 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is March 10, with an average hourly wind speed of 9.1 miles per hour.
The calmer time of year lasts for 4.1 months, from May 19 to September 24. The calmest day of the year is July 20, with an average hourly wind speed of 5.8 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed at Crystal River Airport
The predominant average hourly wind direction at Crystal River Airport varies throughout the year.
The wind is most often from the west for 1.2 months, from February 26 to March 31; for 1.0 months, from April 9 to May 9; and for 2.9 months, from May 20 to August 17, with a peak percentage of 44% on July 5. The wind is most often from the east for 1.3 weeks, from March 31 to April 9; for 1.6 weeks, from May 9 to May 20; and for 2.1 months, from August 17 to October 21, with a peak percentage of 49% on September 11. The wind is most often from the north for 4.2 months, from October 21 to February 26, with a peak percentage of 38% on January 1.
Wind Direction at Crystal River Airport
Crystal River 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 4.0 months, from June 1 to October 3, with an average temperature above 81°F. The day of the year with the warmest water is July 31, with an average temperature of 86°F.
The time of year with cooler water lasts for 3.2 months, from December 15 to March 23, with an average temperature below 67°F. The day of the year with the coolest water is February 4, with an average temperature of 63°F.
Average Water Temperature at Crystal River Airport
Best Time of Year to Visit
To characterize how pleasant the weather is at Crystal River 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 Crystal River Airport for general outdoor tourist activities are from mid March to mid May and from mid October to late November, with a peak score in the last week of April.
Tourism Score at Crystal River Airport
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 Crystal River Airport for hot-weather activities are from late April to mid June and from mid September to late October, with a peak score in the third week of May.
Beach/Pool Score at Crystal River Airport
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 Crystal River Airport typically lasts for 9.9 months (298 days), from around February 20 to around December 15, rarely starting before January 26 or after March 18, and rarely ending before November 18 or after January 6.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season at Crystal River Airport
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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 Crystal River Airport should appear around January 11, only rarely appearing before January 7 or after January 17.
Growing Degree Days at Crystal River Airport
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 2.1 months, from April 3 to June 5, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 6.1 kWh. The brightest day of the year is May 1, with an average of 6.8 kWh.
The darker period of the year lasts for 2.6 months, from November 12 to January 31, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 4.0 kWh. The darkest day of the year is December 21, with an average of 3.3 kWh.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy at Crystal River Airport
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Crystal River Airport are 28.868 deg latitude, -82.574 deg longitude, and 13 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Crystal River Airport is essentially flat, with a maximum elevation change of 26 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 7 feet. Within 10 miles is essentially flat (230 feet). Within 50 miles also contains only modest variations in elevation (295 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Crystal River Airport is covered by artificial surfaces (40%), herbaceous vegetation (24%), trees (22%), and cropland (12%), within 10 miles by artificial surfaces (29%) and herbaceous vegetation (23%), and within 50 miles by water (33%) and cropland (21%).
This report illustrates the typical weather at Crystal River 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
Crystal River 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 Inverness Airport; Hernando County Airport; Ocala International Airport; The Villages; Leesburg International Airport; Gainesville Regional Airport; Tampa, Vandenberg Airport; and Tampa International Airport.
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 © 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.