Average Weather in Simonton Lake Indiana, United States
In Simonton Lake, the summers are warm, the winters are freezing and windy, and it is partly cloudy year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 19°F to 82°F and is rarely below 2°F or above 90°F.
Based on the tourism score, the best time of year to visit Simonton Lake for warm-weather activities is from mid June to mid September.
The warm season lasts for 3.8 months, from May 27 to September 19, with an average daily high temperature above 72°F. The hottest day of the year is July 19, with an average high of 82°F and low of 64°F.
The cold season lasts for 3.1 months, from December 1 to March 5, with an average daily high temperature below 42°F. The coldest day of the year is January 29, with an average low of 19°F and high of 32°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 Simonton Lake, 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 Simonton Lake begins around May 29 and lasts for 5.2 months, ending around November 3. On August 26, 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 3 and lasts for 6.8 months, ending around May 29. On January 23, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 66% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 34% 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 Simonton Lake varies throughout the year.
The wetter season lasts 7.1 months, from March 27 to October 31, with a greater than 27% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 37% on June 7.
The drier season lasts 4.9 months, from October 31 to March 27. The smallest chance of a wet day is 17% on February 4.
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 in Simonton Lake changes throughout the year.
Rain alone is the most common for 11 months, from February 3 to January 19. The highest chance of a day with rain alone is 37% on June 7.
Snow alone is the most common for 2.1 weeks, from January 19 to February 3. The highest chance of a day with snow alone is 9% on January 21.
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. Simonton Lake experiences significant seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.
Rain falls throughout the year in Simonton Lake. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around June 1, with an average total accumulation of 3.6 inches.
The least rain falls around January 29, with an average total accumulation of 0.9 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. Simonton Lake experiences some seasonal variation in monthly liquid-equivalent snowfall.
The snowy period of the year lasts for 4.4 months, from November 17 to March 31, 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 5, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 0.5 inches.
The snowless period of the year lasts for 7.6 months, from March 31 to November 17. The least snow falls around July 16, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 0.0 inches.
Average Liquid-Equivalent Monthly Snowfall
The length of the day in Simonton Lake varies significantly over the course of the year. In 2017, the shortest day is December 21, with 9 hours, 9 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 21, with 15 hours, 13 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight
The earliest sunrise is at 6:08 AM on June 14, and the latest sunrise is 2 hours, 12 minutes later at 8:20 AM on November 4. The earliest sunset is at 5:13 PM on December 8, and the latest sunset is 4 hours, 10 minutes later at 9:22 PM on June 26.
Daylight saving time (DST) is observed in Simonton Lake 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
Simonton Lake experiences significant seasonal variation in the perceived humidity.
The muggier period of the year lasts for 3.6 months, from June 2 to September 20, during which time the comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable at least 10% of the time. The muggiest day of the year is July 27, with muggy conditions 41% of the time.
The least muggy day of the year is February 12, when muggy conditions are essentially unheard of.
Humidity Comfort Levels
The average hourly wind speed in Simonton Lake experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The windier part of the year lasts for 7.3 months, from October 5 to May 13, with average wind speeds of more than 10.4 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is January 15, with an average hourly wind speed of 13.1 miles per hour.
The calmer time of year lasts for 4.7 months, from May 13 to October 5. The calmest day of the year is August 4, with an average hourly wind speed of 7.7 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed
The predominant average hourly wind direction in Simonton Lake varies throughout the year.
The wind is most often from the north for 1.1 weeks, from March 28 to April 5, with a peak percentage of 27% on March 30. The wind is most often from the south for 2.8 months, from April 5 to June 30 and for 3.4 months, from August 9 to November 20, with a peak percentage of 37% on November 14. The wind is most often from the west for 1.3 months, from June 30 to August 9 and for 4.3 months, from November 20 to March 28, with a peak percentage of 34% on July 20.
Simonton Lake is located near a large body of water (e.g., ocean, sea, or large lake). This section reports on the wide-area average surface temperature of that water.
The average water temperature experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The time of year with warmer water lasts for 2.7 months, from July 4 to September 25, with an average temperature above 65°F. The day of the year with the warmest water is August 13, with an average temperature of 72°F.
The time of year with cooler water lasts for 5.0 months, from December 13 to May 12, with an average temperature below 43°F. The day of the year with the coolest water is March 4, with an average temperature of 35°F.
Average Water Temperature
Best Time of Year to Visit
To characterize how pleasant the weather is in Simonton Lake 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 Simonton Lake for general outdoor tourist activities is from mid June to mid September, with a peak score in the second 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 Simonton Lake for hot-weather activities is from early July to mid 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 Simonton Lake typically lasts for 6.0 months (185 days), from around April 22 to around October 23, rarely starting before April 5 or after May 10, and rarely ending before October 4 or after November 11.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season
Based on growing degree days alone, the first spring blooms in Simonton Lake should appear around April 16, only rarely appearing before March 31 or after April 30.
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 3.5 months, from May 5 to August 23, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 5.9 kWh. The brightest day of the year is July 1, with an average of 7.0 kWh.
The darker period of the year lasts for 3.4 months, from November 3 to February 13, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 2.6 kWh. The darkest day of the year is December 23, with an average of 1.5 kWh.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Simonton Lake are 41.754 deg latitude, -85.975 deg longitude, and 784 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Simonton Lake is essentially flat, with a maximum elevation change of 92 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 789 feet. Within 10 miles is essentially flat (289 feet). Within 50 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (574 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Simonton Lake is covered by cropland (61%) and artificial surfaces (32%), within 10 miles by cropland (58%) and artificial surfaces (25%), and within 50 miles by cropland (67%) and trees (16%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Simonton Lake, 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 Simonton Lake.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Simonton Lake 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 Simonton Lake is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Simonton Lake and a given station.
The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Michigan City Municipal Airport-Phillips Field (42%, 26 kilometers, west); Goshen Municipal Airport (35%, 29 kilometers, southeast); and Hree Rivers Municipal Dr Haines Airport (23%, 39 kilometers, northeast).
Time zones for aiports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .