Average Weather in Altamont Tennessee, United States
In Altamont, the summers are warm and muggy, the winters are very cold and wet, and it is partly cloudy year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 28°F to 85°F and is rarely below 12°F or above 91°F.
Based on the tourism score, the best times of year to visit Altamont for warm-weather activities are from early June to early July and from mid July to late September.
The warm season lasts for 3.8 months, from May 26 to September 19, with an average daily high temperature above 77°F. The hottest day of the year is July 21, with an average high of 85°F and low of 65°F.
The cold season lasts for 3.0 months, from November 27 to February 26, with an average daily high temperature below 52°F. The coldest day of the year is January 29, with an average low of 28°F and high of 45°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
In Altamont, 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 Altamont begins around June 11 and lasts for 5.3 months, ending around November 20. On September 20, 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 November 20 and lasts for 6.7 months, ending around June 11. On January 3, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 58% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 42% 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 in Altamont varies throughout the year.
The wetter season lasts 5.1 months, from March 17 to August 21, with a greater than 33% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 44% on July 9.
The drier season lasts 6.9 months, from August 21 to March 17. The smallest chance of a wet day is 21% on October 13.
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 9.
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. Altamont experiences significant seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.
Rain falls throughout the year in Altamont. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around December 1, with an average total accumulation of 4.9 inches.
The least rain falls around August 23, with an average total accumulation of 2.8 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. Altamont experiences some seasonal variation in monthly liquid-equivalent snowfall.
The snowy period of the year lasts for 3.4 months, from December 2 to March 15, 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 1, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 0.4 inches.
The snowless period of the year lasts for 8.6 months, from March 15 to December 2. The least snow falls around July 20, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 0.0 inches.
Average Liquid-Equivalent Monthly Snowfall
The length of the day in Altamont varies significantly over the course of the year. In 2018, the shortest day is December 21, with 9 hours, 46 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 21, with 14 hours, 33 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight
The earliest sunrise is at 5:27 AM on June 13, and the latest sunrise is 1 hour, 39 minutes later at 7:06 AM on November 3. The earliest sunset is at 4:29 PM on December 5, and the latest sunset is 3 hours, 32 minutes later at 8:02 PM on June 29.
Daylight saving time (DST) is observed in Altamont 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
Altamont experiences extreme seasonal variation in the perceived humidity.
The muggier period of the year lasts for 4.0 months, from May 24 to September 23, during which time the comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable at least 19% of the time. The muggiest day of the year is July 25, with muggy conditions 78% of the time.
The least muggy day of the year is February 1, when muggy conditions are essentially unheard of.
Humidity Comfort Levels
The average hourly wind speed in Altamont experiences mild seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The windier part of the year lasts for 6.5 months, from October 28 to May 11, with average wind speeds of more than 5.0 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is February 25, with an average hourly wind speed of 6.5 miles per hour.
The calmer time of year lasts for 5.5 months, from May 11 to October 28. The calmest day of the year is July 31, with an average hourly wind speed of 3.6 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed
The predominant average hourly wind direction in Altamont varies throughout the year.
The wind is most often from the west for 1.2 months, from June 29 to August 4, with a peak percentage of 36% on July 14. The wind is most often from the south for 11 months, from August 4 to June 29, with a peak percentage of 37% on January 1.
Best Time of Year to Visit
To characterize how pleasant the weather is in Altamont 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 Altamont for general outdoor tourist activities are from early June to early July and from mid July to late September, with a peak score in the last week of August.
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 Altamont for hot-weather activities is from late 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.
The growing season in Altamont typically lasts for 6.3 months (192 days), from around April 11 to around October 20, rarely starting before March 25 or after April 28, and rarely ending before October 3 or after November 6.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season
Based on growing degree days alone, the first spring blooms in Altamont should appear around March 13, only rarely appearing before February 26 or after March 29.
Growing Degree Days
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 4.6 months, from April 15 to September 3, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 5.8 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 2.9 months, from November 12 to February 7, 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 2.3 kWh.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Altamont are 35.430 deg latitude, -85.723 deg longitude, and 1,857 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Altamont contains significant variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 499 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 1,839 feet. Within 10 miles contains significant variations in elevation (1,483 feet). Within 50 miles contains very significant variations in elevation (2,569 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Altamont is covered by trees (97%), within 10 miles by trees (89%) and cropland (11%), and within 50 miles by trees (61%) and cropland (34%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Altamont, 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 Altamont.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Altamont 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 Altamont is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Altamont and a given station.
The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Winchester Municipal Airport (29%, 42 kilometers, southwest); Tullahoma Regional Airport/William Northern Field (26%, 48 kilometers, west); Lovell Field (16%, 65 kilometers, southeast); Upper Cumberland Regional Airport (15%, 72 kilometers, north); and Crossville Memorial Airport (14%, 82 kilometers, northeast).
Time zones for aiports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .