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Average Weather in Lebanon Kentucky, United States

In Lebanon, 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 27°F to 87°F and is rarely below 11°F or above 94°F.

Temperature

The hot season lasts for 3.8 months, from May 27 to September 21, with an average daily high temperature above 78°F. The hottest day of the year is July 21, with an average high of 87°F and low of 68°F.

The cold season lasts for 3.0 months, from November 29 to February 28, with an average daily high temperature below 51°F. The coldest day of the year is January 29, with an average low of 27°F and high of 43°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 LebanonJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec12 AM4 AM8 AM12 PM4 PM8 PM12 AMcomfortablewarmhotcoldcoolfreezingvery cold
The average hourly temperature, color coded into bands: 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 shaded overlays indicate night and civil twilight.

Clouds

In Lebanon, 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 Lebanon begins around June 15 and lasts for 4.8 months, ending around November 9. On August 24, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 68% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 32% of the time.

The cloudier part of the year begins around November 9 and lasts for 7.2 months, ending around June 15. On January 2, 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

Cloud Cover Categories in LebanonclearercloudiercloudierJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%Aug 2468%Aug 2468%Jan 242%Jan 242%Jun 1555%Jun 1555%Nov 955%Nov 955%clearovercastmostly clearpartly cloudymostly cloudy
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 in Lebanon varies throughout the year.

The wetter season lasts 4.7 months, from March 29 to August 20, with a greater than 33% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 41% on June 30.

The drier season lasts 7.3 months, from August 20 to March 29. The smallest chance of a wet day is 25% on October 15.

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 41% on June 30.

Daily Chance of Precipitation

Daily Chance of Precipitation in LebanonwetdrydryJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%10%20%30%40%50%60%70%80%90%100%Jun 3041%Jun 3041%Oct 1525%Oct 1525%Jan 127%Jan 127%Mar 2933%Mar 2933%Aug 2033%Aug 2033%rainsnow
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. Lebanon experiences some seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.

Rain falls throughout the year in Lebanon. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around May 4, with an average total accumulation of 4.7 inches.

The least rain falls around August 26, with an average total accumulation of 2.8 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.

Snowfall

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. Lebanon experiences some seasonal variation in monthly liquid-equivalent snowfall.

The snowy period of the year lasts for 3.6 months, from November 29 to March 18, with a sliding 31-day liquid-equivalent snowfall of at least 0.1 inches. The most snow falls during the 31 days centered around January 30, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 0.4 inches.

The snowless period of the year lasts for 8.4 months, from March 18 to November 29. The least snow falls around July 20, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 0.0 inches.

Average Liquid-Equivalent Monthly Snowfall

The average liquid-equivalent snowfall (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 rainfall.

Sun

The length of the day in Lebanon varies significantly over the course of the year. In 2017, the shortest day is December 21, with 9 hours, 34 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 21, with 14 hours, 46 minutes of daylight.

Hours of Daylight and Twilight

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 6:19 AM on June 12, and the latest sunrise is 1 hour, 50 minutes later at 8:09 AM on November 4. The earliest sunset is at 5:22 PM on December 6, and the latest sunset is 3 hours, 44 minutes later at 9:06 PM on June 28.

Daylight saving time (DST) is observed in Lebanon 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 in LebanonJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec2 AM4 AM6 AM8 AM10 AM12 PM2 PM4 PM6 PM8 PM10 PM12 AMJun 126:19 AMJun 126:19 AM9:06 PMJun 289:06 PMJun 28Dec 65:22 PMDec 65:22 PM8:09 AMNov 48:09 AMNov 4Mar 12DSTMar 12DSTDSTNov 5DSTNov 5daynightnightnightnightSolarMidnightSolarMidnightSolarNoonSunriseSunset
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.

Lebanon experiences extreme seasonal variation in the perceived humidity.

The muggier period of the year lasts for 4.0 months, from May 23 to September 24, during which time the comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable at least 17% of the time. The muggiest day of the year is July 24, with muggy conditions 69% 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 in LebanonmuggyJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%10%20%30%40%50%60%70%80%90%100%Feb 50%Feb 50%Jul 2469%Jul 2469%May 2317%May 2317%Sep 2417%Sep 2417%drydrymuggymuggyoppressiveoppressivecomfortablecomfortable
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 in Lebanon experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.

The windier part of the year lasts for 6.6 months, from October 26 to May 13, with average wind speeds of more than 6.6 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is February 25, with an average hourly wind speed of 8.4 miles per hour.

The calmer time of year lasts for 5.4 months, from May 13 to October 26. The calmest day of the year is August 1, with an average hourly wind speed of 4.8 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 Lebanon varies throughout the year.

The wind is most often from the south for 6.0 days, from February 27 to March 5; for 3.5 months, from March 11 to June 25; and for 4.5 months, from August 13 to December 27, with a peak percentage of 41% on November 23. The wind is most often from the west for 6.0 days, from March 5 to March 11; for 1.6 months, from June 25 to August 13; and for 2.0 months, from December 27 to February 27, with a peak percentage of 38% on July 13.

Wind Direction

Wind Direction in LebanonWSWSJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%20%80%40%60%60%40%80%20%100%0%southeastwestnorth
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).

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 4.4 months, from April 22 to September 3, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 5.7 kWh. The brightest day of the year is June 22, with an average of 6.6 kWh.

The darker period of the year lasts for 3.0 months, from November 9 to February 9, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 2.9 kWh. The darkest day of the year is December 24, with an average of 2.0 kWh.

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy

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 Lebanon are 37.570 deg latitude, -85.253 deg longitude, and 817 ft elevation.

The topography within 2 miles of Lebanon contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 384 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 820 feet. Within 10 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (702 feet). Within 50 miles contains significant variations in elevation (1,371 feet).

The area within 2 miles of Lebanon is covered by cropland (78%) and artificial surfaces (20%), within 10 miles by cropland (74%) and trees (24%), and within 50 miles by cropland (58%) and trees (37%).

Data Sources

This report illustrates the typical weather in Lebanon, 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 Lebanon.

For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Lebanon 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 Lebanon is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Lebanon and a given station.

The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Stuart Powell Field (38%, 43 kilometers, east); Godman Army Airfield (17%, 73 kilometers, northwest); Capital City Airport (17%, 75 kilometers, northeast); Standiford Field (15%, 80 kilometers, northwest); and Glasgow Municipal Airport (13%, 86 kilometers, southwest).

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.