Average Weather in West Richland Washington, United States
In West Richland, the summers are hot, arid, and mostly clear and the winters are very cold, dry, and partly cloudy. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 27°F to 94°F and is rarely below 13°F or above 103°F.
Based on the tourism score, the best time of year to visit West Richland for warm-weather activities is from late June to late August.
The hot season lasts for 3.0 months, from June 12 to September 11, with an average daily high temperature above 83°F. The hottest day of the year is July 31, with an average high of 94°F and low of 61°F.
The cold season lasts for 3.0 months, from November 17 to February 17, with an average daily high temperature below 49°F. The coldest day of the year is December 30, with an average low of 27°F and high of 38°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 West Richland, 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 West Richland begins around June 7 and lasts for 4.1 months, ending around October 10. On July 29, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 82% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 18% of the time.
The cloudier part of the year begins around October 10 and lasts for 7.9 months, ending around June 7. On January 16, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 67% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 33% 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 West Richland varies throughout the year.
The wetter season lasts 7.3 months, from October 18 to May 29, with a greater than 12% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 22% on November 30.
The drier season lasts 4.7 months, from May 29 to October 18. The smallest chance of a wet day is 3% on August 16.
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 18% on November 10.
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. West Richland experiences some seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.
The rainy period of the year lasts for 7.9 months, from October 12 to June 10, with a sliding 31-day rainfall of at least 0.5 inches. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around November 17, with an average total accumulation of 0.8 inches.
The rainless period of the year lasts for 4.1 months, from June 10 to October 12. The least rain falls around August 8, with an average total accumulation of 0.2 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. West Richland experiences some seasonal variation in monthly liquid-equivalent snowfall.
The snowy period of the year lasts for 3.0 months, from November 18 to February 16, with a sliding 31-day liquid-equivalent snowfall of at least 0.1 inches. The most snow falls during the 31 days centered around December 31, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 0.3 inches.
The snowless period of the year lasts for 9.0 months, from February 16 to November 18. The least snow falls around July 9, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 0.0 inches.
Average Liquid-Equivalent Monthly Snowfall
The length of the day in West Richland varies significantly over the course of the year. In 2018, the shortest day is December 21, with 8 hours, 36 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 21, with 15 hours, 48 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight
The earliest sunrise is at 5:04 AM on June 15, and the latest sunrise is 2 hours, 37 minutes later at 7:41 AM on November 3. The earliest sunset is at 4:10 PM on December 10, and the latest sunset is 4 hours, 43 minutes later at 8:53 PM on June 26.
Daylight saving time (DST) is observed in West Richland during 2018, starting in the spring on March 11, lasting 7.8 months, and ending in the fall on November 4.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time
The perceived humidity level in West Richland, as measured by the percentage of time in which the humidity comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable, does not vary significantly over the course of the year, remaining a virtually constant 0% throughout.
Humidity Comfort Levels
The average hourly wind speed in West Richland experiences mild seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The windier part of the year lasts for 5.2 months, from February 4 to July 11, with average wind speeds of more than 7.6 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is March 29, with an average hourly wind speed of 8.4 miles per hour.
The calmer time of year lasts for 6.8 months, from July 11 to February 4. The calmest day of the year is September 9, with an average hourly wind speed of 6.8 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed
The predominant average hourly wind direction in West Richland varies throughout the year.
The wind is most often from the west for 8.6 months, from February 22 to November 9, with a peak percentage of 70% on July 18. The wind is most often from the south for 3.1 weeks, from November 9 to December 1, with a peak percentage of 34% on November 27. The wind is most often from the north for 2.8 months, from December 1 to February 22, with a peak percentage of 42% on January 1.
Best Time of Year to Visit
To characterize how pleasant the weather is in West Richland 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 West Richland for general outdoor tourist activities is from late June to late August, with a peak score in the first 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 West Richland for hot-weather activities is from mid July to mid August, with a peak score in the last 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 West Richland typically lasts for 6.0 months (185 days), from around April 14 to around October 16, rarely starting before March 28 or after May 4, and rarely ending before September 27 or after November 4.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season
Based on growing degree days alone, the first spring blooms in West Richland should appear around March 29, only rarely appearing before March 19 or after April 10.
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 3.3 months, from May 13 to August 21, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 6.5 kWh. The brightest day of the year is July 13, with an average of 7.8 kWh.
The darker period of the year lasts for 3.7 months, from October 28 to February 18, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 2.5 kWh. The darkest day of the year is December 26, with an average of 1.2 kWh.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of West Richland are 46.304 deg latitude, -119.361 deg longitude, and 466 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of West Richland contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 423 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 481 feet. Within 10 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (1,788 feet). Within 50 miles contains very significant variations in elevation (3,940 feet).
The area within 2 miles of West Richland is covered by cropland (50%), shrubs (28%), and artificial surfaces (22%), within 10 miles by shrubs (47%) and cropland (31%), and within 50 miles by shrubs (47%) and cropland (39%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in West Richland, 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 West Richland.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and West Richland 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 West Richland is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between West Richland and a given station.
The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Tri-Cities Airport (62%, 19 kilometers, east); Hanford (25%, 34 kilometers, northwest); and Hermiston Municipal Airport (13%, 54 kilometers, south).
Time zones for aiports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .