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Average Weather in Bonifay Florida, United States

In Bonifay, the summers are long, hot, and oppressive; the winters are short and cold; and it is wet and partly cloudy year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 41°F to 90°F and is rarely below 27°F or above 95°F.

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

Climate Summary

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Temperature

The hot season lasts for 4.5 months, from May 14 to September 29, with an average daily high temperature above 84°F. The hottest day of the year is July 16, with an average high of 90°F and low of 73°F.

The cool season lasts for 2.7 months, from December 3 to February 23, with an average daily high temperature below 67°F. The coldest day of the year is January 17, with an average low of 41°F and high of 61°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 in BonifayJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec12 AM4 AM8 AM12 PM4 PM8 PM12 AMcoldcoldcoldcoldcoolcoolcomfortablewarmwarmhotvery cold
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 average hourly temperature, color coded into bands. The shaded overlays indicate night and civil twilight.

Mezzouna, Tunisia (5,336 miles away); Udhampur, India (7,868 miles); and Roxby Downs, Australia (9,933 miles) are the far-away foreign places with temperatures most similar to Bonifay (view comparison).

Clouds

In Bonifay, 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 in Bonifay begins around September 12 and lasts for 3.2 months, ending around December 18. On October 27, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 67% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 33% of the time.

The cloudier part of the year begins around December 18 and lasts for 8.8 months, ending around September 12. On July 12, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 57% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 43% of the time.

Cloud Cover Categories

Cloud Cover Categories in BonifayclearercloudierJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%Oct 2767%Oct 2767%Jul 1243%Jul 1243%Sep 1254%Sep 1254%Dec 1855%Dec 1855%clearpartly cloudymostly cloudyovercastmostly clear
0% clear 20% mostly clear 40% partly cloudy 60% mostly cloudy 80% overcast 100%
The percentage of time spent in each cloud cover band, categorized by the percentage of the sky covered by clouds.

Precipitation

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

The wetter season lasts 3.0 months, from June 6 to September 6, with a greater than 40% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 60% on July 29.

The drier season lasts 9.0 months, from September 6 to June 6. The smallest chance of a wet day is 19% on October 29.

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 60% on July 29.

Daily Chance of Precipitation

Daily Chance of Precipitation in BonifaywetdrydryJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%10%20%30%40%50%60%70%80%90%100%Jul 2960%Jul 2960%Oct 2919%Oct 2919%Jan 129%Jan 129%Jun 640%Jun 640%Sep 640%Sep 640%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. Bonifay experiences significant seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.

Rain falls throughout the year in Bonifay. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around July 4, with an average total accumulation of 5.4 inches.

The least rain falls around October 21, with an average total accumulation of 3.0 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 in Bonifay varies significantly over the course of the year. In 2018, the shortest day is December 21, with 10 hours, 9 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 21, with 14 hours, 9 minutes of daylight.

Hours of Daylight and Twilight

Hours of Daylight and Twilight in BonifayJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 hr24 hr4 hr20 hr8 hr16 hr12 hr12 hr16 hr8 hr20 hr4 hr24 hr0 hr12 hr, 6 minMar 2012 hr, 6 minMar 2014 hr, 9 minJun 2114 hr, 9 minJun 2112 hr, 8 minSep 2212 hr, 8 minSep 2210 hr, 9 minDec 2110 hr, 9 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 5:39 AM on June 11, and the latest sunrise is 1 hour, 20 minutes later at 6:59 AM on November 3. The earliest sunset is at 4:40 PM on December 2, and the latest sunset is 3 hours, 9 minutes later at 7:49 PM on June 29.

Daylight saving time (DST) is observed in Bonifay 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

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time in BonifayJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec12 AM2 AM4 AM6 AM8 AM10 AM12 PM2 PM4 PM6 PM8 PM10 PM12 AMJun 115:39 AMJun 115:39 AM7:49 PMJun 297:49 PMJun 29Dec 24:40 PMDec 24:40 PM6:59 AMNov 36:59 AMNov 3Mar 11DSTMar 11DSTDSTNov 4DSTNov 4daynightnightnightnightSolarMidnightSolarMidnightSolarNoonSunriseSunset
The solar day over the course of the year 2018. 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.

Bonifay experiences extreme seasonal variation in the perceived humidity.

The muggier period of the year lasts for 5.7 months, from April 29 to October 19, during which time the comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable at least 26% of the time. The muggiest day of the year is July 24, with muggy conditions 98% of the time.

The least muggy day of the year is January 24, with muggy conditions 2% of the time.

Humidity Comfort Levels

Humidity Comfort Levels in BonifaymuggyJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%10%20%30%40%50%60%70%80%90%100%Jan 242%Jan 242%98%Jul 2498%Jul 24Apr 2926%Apr 2926%Oct 1926%Oct 1926%miserablemiserableoppressiveoppressivedrydryhumidhumidmuggymuggycomfortablecomfortable
dry 55°F comfortable 60°F humid 65°F muggy 70°F oppressive 75°F miserable
The percentage of time spent at various humidity comfort levels, categorized by dew point.

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 in Bonifay experiences mild seasonal variation over the course of the year.

The windier part of the year lasts for 7.6 months, from September 24 to May 12, with average wind speeds of more than 6.7 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is February 26, with an average hourly wind speed of 8.2 miles per hour.

The calmer time of year lasts for 4.4 months, from May 12 to September 24. The calmest day of the year is August 8, with an average hourly wind speed of 5.3 miles per hour.

Average Wind Speed

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 in Bonifay varies throughout the year.

The wind is most often from the west for 2.8 months, from May 27 to August 20, with a peak percentage of 42% on July 12. The wind is most often from the east for 2.8 months, from August 20 to November 14, with a peak percentage of 45% on September 15. The wind is most often from the north for 3.8 months, from November 14 to March 9, with a peak percentage of 36% on January 1.

Wind Direction

Wind Direction in BonifayNSWENJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%20%80%40%60%60%40%80%20%100%0%westsoutheastnorth
northeastsouthwest
The percentage of hours in which the mean wind direction is from each of the four cardinal wind directions, excluding hours in which the mean wind speed is less than 1.0 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

Bonifay 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 3.9 months, from June 8 to October 5, with an average temperature above 80°F. The day of the year with the warmest water is August 11, with an average temperature of 85°F.

The time of year with cooler water lasts for 3.6 months, from December 17 to April 5, with an average temperature below 67°F. The day of the year with the coolest water is February 10, with an average temperature of 62°F.

Average Water Temperature

The daily average water temperature (purple line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

Best Time of Year to Visit

To characterize how pleasant the weather is in Bonifay 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 Bonifay for general outdoor tourist activities are from early April to late May and from late September to late October, with a peak score in the last week of April.

Tourism Score

Tourism Score in Bonifaybest timeJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec02468106.46.42.72.76.26.24.04.0 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 times of year to visit Bonifay for hot-weather activities are from mid May to early July and from early August to late September, with a peak score in the first week of June.

Beach/Pool Score

Beach/Pool Score in Bonifaybest timebest timeJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec02468105.95.90.60.65.85.85.15.1 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 in Bonifay typically lasts for 9.2 months (279 days), from around February 24 to around November 30, rarely starting before February 1 or after March 22, and rarely ending before November 5 or after December 24.

Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season

Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in Bonifaygrowing seasonJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%50%Feb 2450%Feb 2450%Nov 3050%Nov 3090%Mar 2290%Mar 2290%Nov 590%Nov 510%Feb 110%Feb 110%Dec 2410%Dec 24Jul 17100%Jul 17100%coldcoolcomfortablewarmhotvery cold
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 percentage of time spent in various temperature bands. 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 in Bonifay should appear around January 19, only rarely appearing before January 11 or after February 1.

Growing Degree Days

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 2.5 months, from April 3 to June 20, 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 6.7 kWh.

The darker period of the year lasts for 2.5 months, from November 15 to February 2, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 3.7 kWh. The darkest day of the year is December 21, with an average of 3.0 kWh.

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in BonifaybrightdarkdarkJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 kWh1 kWh2 kWh3 kWh4 kWh5 kWh6 kWh7 kWh8 kWh9 kWhMay 196.7 kWhMay 196.7 kWhDec 213.0 kWhDec 213.0 kWhApr 36.0 kWhApr 36.0 kWhFeb 23.7 kWhFeb 23.7 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 Bonifay are 30.792 deg latitude, -85.680 deg longitude, and 118 ft elevation.

The topography within 2 miles of Bonifay contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 112 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 122 feet. Within 10 miles also contains only modest variations in elevation (289 feet). Within 50 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (518 feet).

The area within 2 miles of Bonifay is covered by trees (49%), cropland (36%), and artificial surfaces (12%), within 10 miles by trees (72%) and cropland (19%), and within 50 miles by trees (51%) and cropland (29%).

Data Sources

This report illustrates the typical weather in Bonifay, 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

There are 5 weather stations near enough to contribute to our estimation of the temperature and dew point in Bonifay.

For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Bonifay according to the International Standard Atmosphere , and by the relative change present in the MERRA-2 satellite-era reanalysis between the two locations.

The estimated value at Bonifay is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Bonifay and a given station.

The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Marianna Municipal Airport (26%, 48 kilometers, east); Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport (24%, 50 kilometers, south); Cairns Army Airfield (Fort Rucker) (22%, 53 kilometers, north); Florala Municipal Airport (16%, 67 kilometers, northwest); and Duke Field (12%, 82 kilometers, west).

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.