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Average Weather at Cherry Point, Marine Corps Air Station North Carolina, United States

At Cherry Point, Marine Corps Air Station, the summers are hot and muggy, the winters are cold and windy, and it is wet and partly cloudy year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 37°F to 88°F and is rarely below 24°F or above 94°F.

The hot season lasts for 3.8 months, from May 26 to September 21, with an average daily high temperature above 81°F. The hottest day of the year is July 21, with an average high of 88°F and low of 74°F.

The cool season lasts for 3.0 months, from December 4 to March 4, with an average daily high temperature below 62°F. The coldest day of the year is January 29, with an average low of 37°F and high of 55°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 Cherry Point, Marine Corps Air Station12 AM4 AM8 AM12 PM4 PM8 PM12 AMJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecchillychillycoldcoldcoolcoolcomfortablecomfortablewarmwarmhothot
The average hourly temperature, color coded into bands: frigid < 15°F < freezing < 32°F < chilly < 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.

Clouds

At Cherry Point, Marine Corps Air Station, 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 Cherry Point, Marine Corps Air Station begins around September 13 and lasts for 2.8 months, ending around December 8. On October 15, 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 December 8 and lasts for 9.2 months, ending around September 13. On July 26, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 55% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 45% of the time.

Cloud Cover

Cloud Cover at Cherry Point, Marine Corps Air Stationclearerclearercloudiercloudier0%10%20%30%40%50%60%70%80%90%100%JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecJul 2655%Jul 2655%Oct 1535%Oct 1535%Sep 1345%Sep 1345%Dec 845%Dec 845%overcastovercastmostly cloudymostly cloudymostly clearmostly clearclearclear
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 Cherry Point, Marine Corps Air Station varies throughout the year.

The wetter season lasts 3.4 months, from June 5 to September 17, with a greater than 36% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 51% on July 25.

The drier season lasts 8.6 months, from September 17 to June 5. The smallest chance of a wet day is 21% 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 51% on July 25.

Daily Chance of Precipitation

Daily Chance of Precipitation at Cherry Point, Marine Corps Air Stationwetwetdrydrydrydry0%10%20%30%40%50%60%70%80%90%100%JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecJul 2551%Jul 2551%Oct 3021%Oct 3021%Jan 126%Jan 126%Jun 536%Jun 536%Sep 1736%Sep 1736%rainrainsnowsnow
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. Cherry Point, Marine Corps Air Station experiences significant seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.

Rain falls throughout the year at Cherry Point, Marine Corps Air Station. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around September 3, with an average total accumulation of 6.2 inches.

The least rain falls around November 9, with and average total accumulation of 3.1 inches.

Average Monthly Rainfall

Average Monthly Rainfall at Cherry Point, Marine Corps Air Station0 in2 in4 in6 in8 in10 in12 in14 inJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecSep 36.2 inSep 36.2 inNov 93.1 inNov 93.1 inJan 193.6 inJan 193.6 inApr 213.2 inApr 213.2 in
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 Cherry Point, Marine Corps Air Station varies significantly over the course of the year. In 2017, the shortest day is December 21, with 9 hours, 49 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 21, with 14 hours, 30 minutes of daylight.

Hours of Daylight and Twilight

Hours of Daylight and Twilight at Cherry Point, Marine Corps Air Station0 hr4 hr8 hr12 hr16 hr20 hr24 hrJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec12 hr, 6 minMar 2012 hr, 6 minMar 2014 hr, 30 minJun 2114 hr, 30 minJun 2112 hr, 8 minSep 2212 hr, 8 minSep 229 hr, 49 minDec 219 hr, 49 minDec 21nightnightdayday
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 5:53 AM on June 12, and the latest sunrise is 1 hour, 38 minutes later at 7:31 AM on November 4. The earliest sunset is at 4:55 PM on December 5, and the latest sunset is 3 hours, 29 minutes later at 8:25 PM on June 28.

Daylight saving time (DST) is observed at Cherry Point, Marine Corps Air Station 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 Cherry Point, Marine Corps Air Station12 AM2 AM4 AM6 AM8 AM10 AM12 PM2 PM4 PM6 PM8 PM10 PM12 AMJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecJun 125:53 AMJun 125:53 AM8:25 PMJun 288:25 PMJun 28Dec 54:55 PMDec 54:55 PM7:31 AMNov 47:31 AMNov 4Mar 12DSTMar 12DSTDSTNov 5DSTNov 5daydaynightnightnightnight
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.

Cherry Point, Marine Corps Air Station experiences extreme seasonal variation in the perceived humidity.

The muggier period of the year lasts for 5.0 months, from May 13 to October 12, during which time the comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable at least 24% of the time. The muggiest day of the year is July 23, with muggy conditions 93% of the time.

The least muggy day of the year is February 5, when muggy conditions are essentially unheard of.

Humidity Comfort Levels

Humidity Comfort Levels at Cherry Point, Marine Corps Air Stationmuggymuggy0%10%20%30%40%50%60%70%80%90%100%JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecFeb 50%Feb 50%93%Jul 2393%Jul 23May 1324%May 1324%Oct 1224%Oct 1224%miserablemiserableoppressiveoppressivedrydry
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 Cherry Point, Marine Corps Air Station experiences mild seasonal variation over the course of the year.

The windier part of the year lasts for 6.3 months, from November 1 to May 10, with average wind speeds of more than 4.8 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is February 27, with an average hourly wind speed of 5.7 miles per hour.

The calmer time of year lasts for 5.7 months, from May 10 to November 1. The calmest day of the year is August 9, with an average hourly wind speed of 4.0 miles per hour.

Average Wind Speed

Average Wind Speed at Cherry Point, Marine Corps Air Stationwindywindywindywindy0 mph1 mph2 mph3 mph4 mph5 mph6 mph7 mph8 mph9 mphJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecFeb 275.7 mphFeb 275.7 mphAug 94.0 mphAug 94.0 mphNov 14.8 mphNov 14.8 mphMay 104.8 mphMay 104.8 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 Cherry Point, Marine Corps Air Station varies throughout the year.

The wind is most often from the south for 5.0 months, from March 27 to August 28, with a peak percentage of 45% on July 10. The wind is most often from the east for 2.3 weeks, from August 28 to September 13, with a peak percentage of 31% on September 7. The wind is most often from the north for 6.5 months, from September 13 to March 27, with a peak percentage of 43% on November 10.

Wind Direction

Wind Direction at Cherry Point, Marine Corps Air StationNNSSEENN0%20%40%60%80%100%JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecwestwestsouthsoutheasteastnorthnorth
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).

Water Temperature

Cherry Point, Marine Corps Air Station 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 some seasonal variation over the course of the year.

The time of year with warmer water lasts for 3.2 months, from June 18 to September 23, with an average temperature above 78°F. The day of the year with the warmest water is August 4, with an average temperature of 82°F.

The time of year with cooler water lasts for 4.2 months, from December 17 to April 22, with an average temperature below 66°F. The day of the year with the coolest water is February 26, with an average temperature of 62°F.

Average Water Temperature

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The daily average water temperature (purple line), 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 3.3 months, from April 9 to July 19, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 5.8 kWh. The brightest day of the year is May 17, with an average of 6.6 kWh.

The darker period of the year lasts for 2.9 months, from November 10 to February 7, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 3.3 kWh. The darkest day of the year is December 25, with an average of 2.5 kWh.

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy at Cherry Point, Marine Corps Air Stationbrightbrightdarkdarkdarkdark0 kWh1 kWh2 kWh3 kWh4 kWh5 kWh6 kWh7 kWh8 kWh9 kWhJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecMay 176.6 kWhMay 176.6 kWhDec 252.5 kWhDec 252.5 kWhApr 95.8 kWhApr 95.8 kWhJul 195.8 kWhJul 195.8 kWhNov 103.3 kWhNov 103.3 kWhFeb 73.3 kWhFeb 73.3 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 Cherry Point, Marine Corps Air Station are 34.901 deg latitude, -76.881 deg longitude, and 16 ft elevation.

The topography within 2 miles of Cherry Point, Marine Corps Air Station is essentially flat, with a maximum elevation change of 33 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 16 feet. Within 10 miles is also essentially flat (59 feet). Within 50 miles is essentially flat (151 feet).

The area within 2 miles of Cherry Point, Marine Corps Air Station is covered by artificial surfaces (59%) and trees (37%), within 10 miles by trees (45%) and herbaceous vegetation (23%), and within 50 miles by water (48%) and trees (26%).

Data Sources

This report illustrates the typical weather at Cherry Point, Marine Corps Air Station, 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

Cherry Point, Marine Corps Air Station 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 Coastal Carolina Regional Airport, Swansboro, Bogue Field, Marine Corps Auxiliary Landing Field, Beaufort, Michael J Smith Field Airport, Jacksonville, New River, Marine Corps Air Station, Warren Field Airport, Albert J Ellis Airport, Kinston Regional Jetport, and Pitt-Greenville 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 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.