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Average Weather in Cochran Georgia, United States

In Cochran, the summers are long, hot, and oppressive; the winters are short, cold, and wet; and it is partly cloudy year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 38°F to 92°F and is rarely below 25°F or above 98°F.

Based on the tourism score, the best times of year to visit Cochran for warm-weather activities are from mid April to early June and from early September to late October.

Climate Summary

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Temperature

The hot season lasts for 3.9 months, from May 21 to September 18, with an average daily high temperature above 86°F. The hottest day of the year is July 22, with an average high of 92°F and low of 72°F.

The cool season lasts for 2.9 months, from November 29 to February 26, with an average daily high temperature below 65°F. The coldest day of the year is January 24, with an average low of 38°F and high of 59°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 CochranJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec12 AM4 AM8 AM12 PM4 PM8 PM12 AMvery coldcoldcoldcoldcoldcoolcoolcomfortablewarmwarmhotvery cold
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 average hourly temperature, color coded into bands. The shaded overlays indicate night and civil twilight.

Pocito, Argentina (4,536 miles away); Al Quwayrah, Jordan (6,564 miles); and Muzaffarābād, Pakistan (7,593 miles) are the far-away foreign places with temperatures most similar to Cochran (view comparison).

Clouds

In Cochran, the average percentage of the sky covered by clouds experiences mild seasonal variation over the course of the year.

The clearer part of the year in Cochran begins around September 3 and lasts for 2.8 months, ending around November 27. On October 27, 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 27 and lasts for 9.2 months, ending around September 3. On July 12, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 51% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 49% of the time.

Cloud Cover Categories

Cloud Cover Categories in CochranclearercloudierJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%Oct 2767%Oct 2767%Jul 1249%Jul 1249%Sep 358%Sep 358%clearmostly clearpartly cloudymostly cloudyovercast
0% clear 20% mostly clear 40% partly cloudy 60% mostly cloudy 80% overcast 100%
The percentage of time spent in each cloud cover band, categorized by the percentage of the sky covered by clouds.

Precipitation

A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. The chance of wet days in Cochran varies significantly throughout the year.

The wetter season lasts 3.3 months, from May 31 to September 8, with a greater than 32% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 49% on July 10.

The drier season lasts 8.7 months, from September 8 to May 31. The smallest chance of a wet day is 16% on October 30.

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 49% on July 10.

Daily Chance of Precipitation

Daily Chance of Precipitation in CochranwetdrydryJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%10%20%30%40%50%60%70%80%90%100%Jul 1049%Jul 1049%Oct 3016%Oct 3016%Jan 127%Jan 127%May 3132%May 3132%Sep 832%Sep 832%rain
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. Cochran experiences significant seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.

Rain falls throughout the year in Cochran. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around February 22, with an average total accumulation of 4.4 inches.

The least rain falls around October 23, with an average total accumulation of 2.2 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.

Sun

The length of the day in Cochran varies significantly over the course of the year. In 2018, the shortest day is December 21, with 10 hours, 1 minute of daylight; the longest day is June 21, with 14 hours, 17 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 6:25 AM on June 11, and the latest sunrise is 1 hour, 27 minutes later at 7:52 AM on November 3. The earliest sunset is at 5:27 PM on December 4, and the latest sunset is 3 hours, 17 minutes later at 8:44 PM on June 29.

Daylight saving time (DST) is observed in Cochran 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

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time in CochranJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec2 AM4 AM6 AM8 AM10 AM12 PM2 PM4 PM6 PM8 PM10 PM12 AMJun 116:25 AMJun 116:25 AM8:44 PMJun 298:44 PMJun 29Dec 45:27 PMDec 45:27 PM7:52 AMNov 37:52 AMNov 3Mar 11DSTMar 11DSTDSTNov 4DSTNov 4daynightnightnightnightSolarMidnightSolarMidnightSolarNoonSunriseSunset
The solar day over the course of the year 2018. 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.

Cochran experiences extreme seasonal variation in the perceived humidity.

The muggier period of the year lasts for 5.2 months, from May 7 to October 13, during which time the comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable at least 24% of the time. The muggiest day of the year is July 25, with muggy conditions 95% of the time.

The least muggy day of the year is January 30, with muggy conditions 1% of the time.

Humidity Comfort Levels

Humidity Comfort Levels in CochranmuggyJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%10%20%30%40%50%60%70%80%90%100%Jan 301%Jan 301%95%Jul 2595%Jul 25May 724%May 724%Oct 1324%Oct 1324%miserablemiserableoppressiveoppressivedrydryhumidhumidmuggymuggy
dry 55°F comfortable 60°F humid 65°F muggy 70°F oppressive 75°F miserable
The percentage of time spent at various humidity comfort levels, categorized by dew point.

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 Cochran experiences mild seasonal variation over the course of the year.

The windier part of the year lasts for 6.9 months, from October 16 to May 11, with average wind speeds of more than 6.4 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is March 8, with an average hourly wind speed of 7.7 miles per hour.

The calmer time of year lasts for 5.1 months, from May 11 to October 16. The calmest day of the year is August 9, with an average hourly wind speed of 5.0 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 Cochran varies throughout the year.

The wind is most often from the east for 3.9 months, from August 13 to December 9, with a peak percentage of 46% on September 8. The wind is most often from the west for 8.1 months, from December 9 to August 13, with a peak percentage of 32% on January 1.

Wind Direction

Wind Direction in CochranWEWJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%20%80%40%60%60%40%80%20%100%0%westsoutheastnorth
northeastsouthwest
The percentage of hours in which the mean wind direction is from each of the four cardinal wind directions, excluding hours in which the mean wind speed is less than 1.0 mph. The lightly tinted areas at the boundaries are the percentage of hours spent in the implied intermediate directions (northeast, southeast, southwest, and northwest).

Best Time of Year to Visit

To characterize how pleasant the weather is in Cochran 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 times of year to visit Cochran for general outdoor tourist activities are from mid April to early June and from early September to late October, with a peak score in the first week of May.

Tourism Score

Tourism Score in Cochranbest timebest timeJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec02468106.26.22.02.06.26.24.54.5 precipitationprecipitationcloudscloudstemperaturetemperaturetourism score
The tourism score (filled area), and its constituents: the temperature score (red line), the cloud cover score (blue line), and the precipitation score (green line).

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 Cochran for hot-weather activities is from late May to late September, with a peak score in the first week of September.

Beach/Pool Score

Beach/Pool Score in Cochranbest timeJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec02468105.85.80.30.35.65.6 precipitationprecipitationcloudscloudstemperaturetemperaturebeach/pool score
The beach/pool score (filled area), and its constituents: the temperature score (red line), the cloud cover score (blue line), and the precipitation score (green line).

Methodology

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.

Growing Season

Definitions of the growing season vary throughout the world, but for the purposes of this report, we define it as the longest continuous period of non-freezing temperatures (≥ 32°F) in the year (the calendar year in the Northern Hemisphere, or from July 1 until June 30 in the Southern Hemisphere).

The growing season in Cochran typically lasts for 8.3 months (256 days), from around March 11 to around November 22, rarely starting before February 14 or after April 1, and rarely ending before November 1 or after December 14.

Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season

Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in Cochrangrowing seasonJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%50%Mar 1150%Mar 1150%Nov 2250%Nov 2290%Apr 190%Apr 190%Nov 190%Nov 110%Feb 1410%Feb 1410%Dec 1410%Dec 141%Jan 41%Jan 4Jul 19100%Jul 19100%very coldcoldcoolcomfortablewarmhot
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 percentage of time spent in various temperature bands. The black line is the percentage chance that a given day is within the growing season.

Growing degree days are a measure of yearly heat accumulation used to predict plant and animal development, and defined as the integral of warmth above a base temperature, discarding any excess above a maximum temperature. In this report, we use a base of 50°F and a cap of 86°F.

Based on growing degree days alone, the first spring blooms in Cochran should appear around January 26, only rarely appearing before January 15 or after February 10.

Growing Degree Days

The average growing degree days accumulated over the course of the year, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

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 3.8 months, from April 9 to August 2, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 6.0 kWh. The brightest day of the year is May 19, with an average of 6.8 kWh.

The darker period of the year lasts for 2.7 months, from November 13 to February 5, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 3.6 kWh. The darkest day of the year is December 21, with an average of 2.8 kWh.

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in CochranbrightdarkdarkJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 kWh1 kWh2 kWh3 kWh4 kWh5 kWh6 kWh7 kWh8 kWh9 kWhMay 196.8 kWhMay 196.8 kWhDec 212.8 kWhDec 212.8 kWhAug 26.0 kWhAug 26.0 kWhFeb 53.6 kWhFeb 53.6 kWh
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 Cochran are 32.387 deg latitude, -83.355 deg longitude, and 348 ft elevation.

The topography within 2 miles of Cochran contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 148 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 351 feet. Within 10 miles also contains only modest variations in elevation (272 feet). Within 50 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (636 feet).

The area within 2 miles of Cochran is covered by artificial surfaces (56%), cropland (29%), and trees (15%), within 10 miles by cropland (45%) and trees (37%), and within 50 miles by trees (54%) and cropland (29%).

Data Sources

This report illustrates the typical weather in Cochran, 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 4 weather stations near enough to contribute to our estimation of the temperature and dew point in Cochran.

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

The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Heart of Georgia Regional Airport (40%, 29 kilometers, southeast); Robins Air Force Base (28%, 36 kilometers, northwest); W. H. 'Bud' Barron Airport (24%, 40 kilometers, northeast); and Jimmy Carter Regional Airport (8%, 84 kilometers, west).

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.

We further caution that our travel scores are only as good as the data that underpin them, that weather conditions at any given location and time are unpredictable and variable, and that the definition of the scores reflects a particular set of preferences that may not agree with those of any particular reader.