Average Weather at Marion / Wytheville Virginia, United States
At Marion / Wytheville, the summers are warm, the winters are chilly, and it is partly cloudy year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 24°F to 83°F and is rarely below 9°F or above 89°F.
The warm season lasts for 3.8 months, from May 25 to September 20, with an average daily high temperature above 74°F. The hottest day of the year is July 21, with an average high of 83°F and low of 64°F.
The cold season lasts for 3.1 months, from November 30 to March 1, with an average daily high temperature below 51°F. The coldest day of the year is January 22, with an average low of 24°F and high of 42°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 Marion / Wytheville, 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 Marion / Wytheville begins around June 18 and lasts for 4.9 months, ending around November 15. On September 3, 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 November 15 and lasts for 7.1 months, ending around June 18. 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.
A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. The chance of wet days at Marion / Wytheville varies throughout the year.
The wetter season lasts 4.5 months, from April 12 to August 28, with a greater than 32% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 46% on July 13.
The drier season lasts 7.5 months, from August 28 to April 12. The smallest chance of a wet day is 19% on October 30.
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 46% on July 13.
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. Marion / Wytheville experiences some seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.
Rain falls throughout the year at Marion / Wytheville. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around May 19, with an average total accumulation of 3.5 inches.
The least rain falls around January 30, with an average total accumulation of 2.1 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall
We report snowfall in liquid-equivalent terms. The actual depth of new snowfall is typically between 5 and 10 times the liquid-equivalent amount, assuming the ground is frozen. Colder, drier snow tends to be on the higher end of that range and warmer, wetter snow on the lower end.
As with rainfall, we consider the snowfall accumulated over a sliding 31-day period centered around each day of the year. Marion / Wytheville experiences some seasonal variation in monthly liquid-equivalent snowfall.
The snowy period of the year lasts for 4.4 months, from November 18 to March 30, with a sliding 31-day liquid-equivalent snowfall of at least 0.1 inches. The most snow falls during the 31 days centered around February 2, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 0.5 inches.
The snowless period of the year lasts for 7.6 months, from March 30 to November 18. The least snow falls around July 30, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 0.0 inches.
Average Liquid-Equivalent Monthly Snowfall
The length of the day at Marion / Wytheville varies significantly over the course of the year. In 2017, the shortest day is December 21, with 9 hours, 38 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 21, with 14 hours, 42 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight
The earliest sunrise is at 6:05 AM on June 13, and the latest sunrise is 1 hour, 47 minutes later at 7:52 AM on November 4. The earliest sunset is at 5:08 PM on December 6, and the latest sunset is 3 hours, 40 minutes later at 8:48 PM on June 28.
Daylight saving time (DST) is observed at Marion / Wytheville 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
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.
Marion / Wytheville experiences significant seasonal variation in the perceived humidity.
The muggier period of the year lasts for 3.2 months, from June 7 to September 13, during which time the comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable at least 9% of the time. The muggiest day of the year is July 24, with muggy conditions 35% of the time.
The least muggy day of the year is February 19, 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 Marion / Wytheville experiences mild seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The windier part of the year lasts for 5.7 months, from November 10 to May 2, with average wind speeds of more than 2.6 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is February 25, with an average hourly wind speed of 3.5 miles per hour.
The calmer time of year lasts for 6.3 months, from May 2 to November 10. The calmest day of the year is August 1, with an average hourly wind speed of 1.7 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed
The predominant average hourly wind direction at Marion / Wytheville varies throughout the year.
The wind is most often from the south for 2.0 weeks, from September 4 to September 18, with a peak percentage of 29% on September 8. The wind is most often from the west for 12 months, from September 18 to September 4, with a peak percentage of 49% on January 1.
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 24 to August 30, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 5.9 kWh. The brightest day of the year is June 23, with an average of 6.9 kWh.
The darker period of the year lasts for 3.0 months, from November 8 to February 9, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 3.2 kWh. The darkest day of the year is December 24, with an average of 2.2 kWh.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Marion / Wytheville are 36.900 deg latitude, -81.350 deg longitude, and 2,598 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Marion / Wytheville contains very significant variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 869 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 2,614 feet. Within 10 miles contains very significant variations in elevation (2,041 feet). Within 50 miles contains large variations in elevation (4,797 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Marion / Wytheville is covered by cropland (60%) and trees (40%), within 10 miles by trees (65%) and cropland (34%), and within 50 miles by trees (80%) and cropland (19%).
This report illustrates the typical weather at Marion / Wytheville, 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
Marion / Wytheville 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 Mercer County Airport; Ashe County Airport; Tazewell County Airport; Tazewell County Airport; Hillsville; New River Valley Airport; Virginia Highlands Airport; and North Wilkesboro, Wilkes County 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.