Average Weather in Dunlap Tennessee, United States
In Dunlap, the summers are hot and muggy; the winters are short, very cold, and wet; and it is partly cloudy year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 32°F to 88°F and is rarely below 17°F or above 95°F.
Based on the tourism score, the best times of year to visit Dunlap for warm-weather activities are from mid May to mid June and from early August to early October.
The hot season lasts for 3.8 months, from May 25 to September 19, with an average daily high temperature above 80°F. The hottest day of the year is July 22, with an average high of 88°F and low of 70°F.
The cold season lasts for 2.9 months, from November 28 to February 26, with an average daily high temperature below 56°F. The coldest day of the year is January 23, with an average low of 32°F and high of 49°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 Dunlap, 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 Dunlap begins around June 13 and lasts for 5.1 months, ending around November 18. 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 18 and lasts for 6.9 months, ending around June 13. On January 3, 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
A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. The chance of wet days in Dunlap varies throughout the year.
The wetter season lasts 5.0 months, from March 19 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 June 30.
The drier season lasts 7.0 months, from August 21 to March 19. 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 June 30.
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. Dunlap experiences significant seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.
Rain falls throughout the year in Dunlap. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around December 2, with an average total accumulation of 5.0 inches.
The least rain falls around August 22, with an average total accumulation of 2.8 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall
The sliding 31-day liquid-equivalent quantity of snowfall in Dunlap does not vary significantly over the course of the year, staying within 0.1 inches of 0.1 inches throughout.
Average Liquid-Equivalent Monthly Snowfall
The length of the day in Dunlap varies significantly over the course of the year. In 2017, the shortest day is December 21, with 9 hours, 46 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 20, with 14 hours, 33 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight
The earliest sunrise is at 5:26 AM on June 13, and the latest sunrise is 1 hour, 40 minutes later at 7:06 AM on November 4. The earliest sunset is at 4:28 PM on December 5, and the latest sunset is 3 hours, 32 minutes later at 8:00 PM on June 28.
Daylight saving time (DST) is observed in Dunlap 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
Dunlap experiences extreme seasonal variation in the perceived humidity.
The muggier period of the year lasts for 4.2 months, from May 19 to September 27, during which time the comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable at least 21% of the time. The muggiest day of the year is July 24, with muggy conditions 85% of the time.
The least muggy day of the year is January 19, when muggy conditions are essentially unheard of.
Humidity Comfort Levels
The average hourly wind speed in Dunlap 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 4.6 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is February 25, with an average hourly wind speed of 5.8 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 August 1, with an average hourly wind speed of 3.3 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed
The predominant average hourly wind direction in Dunlap varies throughout the year.
The wind is most often from the north for 1.1 weeks, from January 26 to February 3 and for 1.1 weeks, from August 5 to August 13, with a peak percentage of 32% on January 29. The wind is most often from the south for 4.8 months, from February 3 to June 26 and for 5.4 months, from August 13 to January 26, with a peak percentage of 42% on May 4. The wind is most often from the west for 1.3 months, from June 26 to August 5, with a peak percentage of 37% on July 14.
Best Time of Year to Visit
To characterize how pleasant the weather is in Dunlap 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 Dunlap for general outdoor tourist activities are from mid May to mid June and from early August to early October, with a peak score in the third week of September.
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 Dunlap for hot-weather activities is from mid June to early September, with a peak score in the second week of August.
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 Dunlap typically lasts for 7.1 months (219 days), from around March 29 to around November 2, rarely starting before March 8 or after April 17, and rarely ending before October 17 or after November 20.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season
Based on growing degree days alone, the first spring blooms in Dunlap should appear around February 25, only rarely appearing before February 7 or after March 13.
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 2, 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 6.7 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 Dunlap are 35.371 deg latitude, -85.391 deg longitude, and 807 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Dunlap contains very significant variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 1,385 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 950 feet. Within 10 miles also contains very significant variations in elevation (1,739 feet). Within 50 miles contains very significant variations in elevation (2,552 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Dunlap is covered by trees (49%) and cropland (45%), within 10 miles by trees (83%) and cropland (16%), and within 50 miles by trees (63%) and cropland (31%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Dunlap, 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 4 weather stations near enough to contribute to our estimation of the temperature and dew point in Dunlap.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Dunlap 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 Dunlap is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Dunlap and a given station.
The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Lovell Field (43%, 42 kilometers, southeast); Winchester Municipal Airport (22%, 65 kilometers, west); Crossville Memorial Airport (17%, 70 kilometers, northeast); and Upper Cumberland Regional Airport (17%, 77 kilometers, north).
Time zones for aiports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .