Average Weather in Cambridge City Indiana, United States
In Cambridge City, the summers are long, warm, and humid; the winters are freezing and windy; and it is partly cloudy year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 22°F to 83°F and is rarely below 4°F or above 90°F.
Based on the tourism score, the best time of year to visit Cambridge City for warm-weather activities is from mid June to mid September.
The warm season lasts for 4.0 months, from May 21 to September 22, with an average daily high temperature above 74°F. The hottest day of the year is July 19, with an average high of 83°F and low of 65°F.
The cold season lasts for 3.0 months, from December 1 to March 2, with an average daily high temperature below 45°F. The coldest day of the year is January 29, with an average low of 22°F and high of 35°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 Cambridge City, 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 Cambridge City begins around June 13 and lasts for 4.6 months, ending around November 1. On August 23, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 69% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 31% of the time.
The cloudier part of the year begins around November 1 and lasts for 7.4 months, ending around June 13. On January 2, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 61% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 39% 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 Cambridge City varies throughout the year.
The wetter season lasts 4.8 months, from March 25 to August 19, with a greater than 31% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 42% on June 26.
The drier season lasts 7.2 months, from August 19 to March 25. The smallest chance of a wet day is 20% on January 28.
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 June 26.
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. Cambridge City experiences significant seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.
Rain falls throughout the year in Cambridge City. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around May 17, with an average total accumulation of 4.0 inches.
The least rain falls around February 5, with an average total accumulation of 1.5 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. Cambridge City experiences some seasonal variation in monthly liquid-equivalent snowfall.
The snowy period of the year lasts for 4.1 months, from November 25 to March 28, 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 5, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 0.4 inches.
The snowless period of the year lasts for 7.9 months, from March 28 to November 25. The least snow falls around July 21, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 0.0 inches.
Average Liquid-Equivalent Monthly Snowfall
The length of the day in Cambridge City varies significantly over the course of the year. In 2017, the shortest day is December 21, with 9 hours, 21 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 21, with 14 hours, 60 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight
The earliest sunrise is at 6:11 AM on June 14, and the latest sunrise is 2 hours, 1 minute later at 8:13 AM on November 4. The earliest sunset is at 5:15 PM on December 7, and the latest sunset is 3 hours, 57 minutes later at 9:13 PM on June 27.
Daylight saving time (DST) is observed in Cambridge City 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
Cambridge City experiences extreme seasonal variation in the perceived humidity.
The muggier period of the year lasts for 3.8 months, from May 27 to September 20, during which time the comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable at least 14% of the time. The muggiest day of the year is July 23, with muggy conditions 56% of the time.
The least muggy day of the year is December 9, when muggy conditions are essentially unheard of.
Humidity Comfort Levels
The average hourly wind speed in Cambridge City experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The windier part of the year lasts for 7.3 months, from October 12 to May 21, with average wind speeds of more than 9.5 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is January 15, with an average hourly wind speed of 12.1 miles per hour.
The calmer time of year lasts for 4.7 months, from May 21 to October 12. The calmest day of the year is August 4, with an average hourly wind speed of 6.8 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed
The predominant average hourly wind direction in Cambridge City varies throughout the year.
The wind is most often from the south for 1.8 months, from April 18 to June 12 and for 3.0 months, from August 24 to November 24, with a peak percentage of 37% on November 14. The wind is most often from the west for 2.4 months, from June 12 to August 24 and for 4.8 months, from November 24 to April 18, with a peak percentage of 38% on July 20.
Best Time of Year to Visit
To characterize how pleasant the weather is in Cambridge City 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 time of year to visit Cambridge City for general outdoor tourist activities is from mid June to mid 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 Cambridge City for hot-weather activities is from late June to late August, with a peak score in the third 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 Cambridge City typically lasts for 6.1 months (188 days), from around April 14 to around October 18, rarely starting before March 29 or after May 1, and rarely ending before September 29 or after November 7.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season
Based on growing degree days alone, the first spring blooms in Cambridge City should appear around April 2, only rarely appearing before March 16 or after April 17.
Growing Degree Days
The average daily incident shortwave solar energy experiences extreme seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The brighter period of the year lasts for 4.0 months, from April 30 to August 30, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 5.8 kWh. The brightest day of the year is July 2, with an average of 6.8 kWh.
The darker period of the year lasts for 3.1 months, from November 6 to February 10, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 2.8 kWh. The darkest day of the year is December 21, with an average of 1.8 kWh.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Cambridge City are 39.813 deg latitude, -85.172 deg longitude, and 971 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Cambridge City contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 161 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 962 feet. Within 10 miles also contains only modest variations in elevation (377 feet). Within 50 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (801 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Cambridge City is covered by cropland (80%) and artificial surfaces (11%), within 10 miles by cropland (94%), and within 50 miles by cropland (83%) and trees (10%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Cambridge City, 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 Cambridge City.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Cambridge City 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 Cambridge City is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Cambridge City and a given station.
The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Delaware County Regional Airport (29%, 51 kilometers, north); Shelbyville Municipal Airport (22%, 60 kilometers, southwest); Darke County Airport (18%, 70 kilometers, northeast); Middletown Regional Airport/Hook Field (16%, 74 kilometers, southeast); and Butler County Regional Airport (16%, 75 kilometers, southeast).
Time zones for aiports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .