Average Weather in South Pittsburg Tennessee, United States
In South Pittsburg, the summers are long, hot, and muggy; the winters are short, chilly, and wet; and it is partly cloudy year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 32°F to 89°F and is rarely below 18°F or above 95°F.
The hot season lasts for 3.9 months, from May 25 to September 21, with an average daily high temperature above 81°F. The hottest day of the year is July 23, with an average high of 89°F and low of 70°F.
The cool season lasts for 2.9 months, from November 28 to February 25, with an average daily high temperature below 57°F. The coldest day of the year is January 26, with an average low of 32°F and high of 50°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 South Pittsburg, 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 South Pittsburg begins around June 11 and lasts for 5.3 months, ending around November 19. 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 19 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 57% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 43% 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 in South Pittsburg varies throughout the year.
The wetter season lasts 7.5 months, from January 4 to August 21, with a greater than 32% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 42% on July 9.
The drier season lasts 4.5 months, from August 21 to January 4. 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 42% 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. South Pittsburg experiences significant seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.
Rain falls throughout the year in South Pittsburg. 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 South Pittsburg 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 South Pittsburg varies significantly over the course of the year. In 2017, the shortest day is December 21, with 9 hours, 48 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 21, with 14 hours, 31 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight
The earliest sunrise is at 5:28 AM on June 12, and the latest sunrise is 1 hour, 39 minutes later at 7:06 AM on November 4. The earliest sunset is at 4:30 PM on December 5, and the latest sunset is 3 hours, 30 minutes later at 8:00 PM on June 28.
Daylight saving time (DST) is observed in South Pittsburg 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.
South Pittsburg experiences extreme seasonal variation in the perceived humidity.
The muggier period of the year lasts for 4.3 months, from May 19 to September 28, during which time the comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable at least 22% of the time. The muggiest day of the year is July 24, with muggy conditions 87% of the time.
The least muggy day of the year is January 23, 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 in South Pittsburg experiences mild seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The windier part of the year lasts for 6.5 months, from October 27 to May 11, with average wind speeds of more than 2.5 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is February 25, with an average hourly wind speed of 3.2 miles per hour.
The calmer time of year lasts for 5.5 months, from May 11 to October 27. The calmest day of the year is August 1, with an average hourly wind speed of 1.8 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed
The predominant average hourly wind direction in South Pittsburg varies throughout the year.
The wind is most often from the north for 1.5 months, from January 12 to February 26; for 6.0 days, from March 6 to March 12; for 3.7 weeks, from August 1 to August 27; and for 1.1 weeks, from September 23 to October 1, with a peak percentage of 34% on January 29. The wind is most often from the south for 1.1 weeks, from February 26 to March 6; for 3.4 months, from March 12 to June 24; for 3.9 weeks, from August 27 to September 23; and for 3.4 months, from October 1 to January 12, with a peak percentage of 41% on May 4. The wind is most often from the west for 1.3 months, from June 24 to August 1, with a peak percentage of 37% on July 14.
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 4.6 months, from April 14 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 2.8 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 South Pittsburg are 35.012 deg latitude, -85.704 deg longitude, and 679 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of South Pittsburg contains very significant variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 1,152 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 856 feet. Within 10 miles also contains very significant variations in elevation (1,391 feet). Within 50 miles also contains very significant variations in elevation (1,900 feet).
The area within 2 miles of South Pittsburg is covered by trees (47%), artificial surfaces (23%), cropland (17%), and water (11%), within 10 miles by trees (71%) and cropland (21%), and within 50 miles by trees (61%) and cropland (33%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in South Pittsburg, 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 3 weather stations near enough to contribute to our estimation of the temperature and dew point in South Pittsburg.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and South Pittsburg 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 South Pittsburg is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between South Pittsburg and a given station.
The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Scottsboro Municipal Airport Word Field (46%, 45 kilometers, southwest); Lovell Field (45%, 46 kilometers, east); and Smyrna Airport (9%, 133 kilometers, northwest).
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.