Average Weather in Pikeville Kentucky, United States
In Pikeville, the summers are warm and humid; the winters are short, very cold, and wet; and it is partly cloudy year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 28°F to 86°F and is rarely below 12°F or above 92°F.
Based on the tourism score, the best times of year to visit Pikeville for warm-weather activities are from mid to late June and from late July to late September.
The hot season lasts for 3.9 months, from May 24 to September 20, with an average daily high temperature above 78°F. The hottest day of the year is July 21, with an average high of 86°F and low of 67°F.
The cold season lasts for 2.9 months, from December 2 to February 28, with an average daily high temperature below 54°F. The coldest day of the year is January 29, with an average low of 28°F and high of 46°F.
Average High and Low Temperature
Average Hourly Temperature
In Pikeville, 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 Pikeville begins around June 13 and lasts for 5.0 months, ending around November 15. On August 29, 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 15 and lasts for 7.0 months, ending around June 13. On January 5, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 62% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 38% of the time.
Cloud Cover Categories
0% clear 20% mostly clear 40% partly cloudy 60% mostly cloudy 80% overcast 100%
A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. The chance of wet days in Pikeville varies throughout the year.
The wetter season lasts 4.3 months, from April 11 to August 21, with a greater than 35% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 46% on July 14.
The drier season lasts 7.7 months, from August 21 to April 11. The smallest chance of a wet day is 23% 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 46% on July 14.
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. Pikeville experiences some seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.
Rain falls throughout the year in Pikeville. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around May 19, with an average total accumulation of 3.7 inches.
The least rain falls around January 16, with an average total accumulation of 2.3 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall
As with rainfall, we consider the snowfall accumulated over a sliding 31-day period centered around each day of the year. Pikeville experiences some seasonal variation in monthly liquid-equivalent snowfall.
The snowy period of the year lasts for 3.1 months, from December 10 to March 14, 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 27, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 0.3 inches.
The snowless period of the year lasts for 8.9 months, from March 14 to December 10. The least snow falls around August 2, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 0.0 inches.
Average Liquid-Equivalent Monthly Snowfall
The length of the day in Pikeville varies significantly over the course of the year. In 2018, the shortest day is December 21, with 9 hours, 34 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 21, with 14 hours, 45 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight
The earliest sunrise is at 6:08 AM on June 13, and the latest sunrise is 1 hour, 49 minutes later at 7:57 AM on November 3. The earliest sunset is at 5:11 PM on December 6, and the latest sunset is 3 hours, 43 minutes later at 8:55 PM on June 28.
Daylight saving time (DST) is observed in Pikeville 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
Pikeville experiences extreme seasonal variation in the perceived humidity.
The muggier period of the year lasts for 3.7 months, from May 31 to September 21, during which time the comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable at least 15% of the time. The muggiest day of the year is July 20, with muggy conditions 60% of the time.
The least muggy day of the year is February 11, when muggy conditions are essentially unheard of.
Humidity Comfort Levels
dry 55°F comfortable 60°F humid 65°F muggy 70°F oppressive 75°F miserable
The average hourly wind speed in Pikeville experiences mild seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The windier part of the year lasts for 5.6 months, from November 12 to May 1, with average wind speeds of more than 4.5 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is February 25, with an average hourly wind speed of 5.9 miles per hour.
The calmer time of year lasts for 6.4 months, from May 1 to November 12. The calmest day of the year is August 1, with an average hourly wind speed of 3.1 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed
The predominant average hourly wind direction in Pikeville varies throughout the year.
The wind is most often from the west for 1.6 months, from January 10 to February 26; for 6.0 days, from March 6 to March 12; and for 1.5 months, from June 24 to August 9, with a peak percentage of 40% on July 13. The wind is most often from the south for 1.1 weeks, from February 26 to March 6; for 3.4 months, from March 12 to June 24; and for 5.0 months, from August 9 to January 10, with a peak percentage of 39% on May 15.
Best Time of Year to Visit
To characterize how pleasant the weather is in Pikeville 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 Pikeville for general outdoor tourist activities are from mid to late June and from late July to late September, with a peak score in the first week of September.
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 Pikeville for hot-weather activities is from late June to early September, with a peak score in the last week of July.
The growing season in Pikeville typically lasts for 6.6 months (203 days), from around April 9 to around October 29, rarely starting before March 22 or after April 28, and rarely ending before October 12 or after November 17.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season
Based on growing degree days alone, the first spring blooms in Pikeville should appear around March 3, only rarely appearing before February 9 or after March 23.
Growing Degree Days
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 4.3 months, from April 24 to September 3, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 5.8 kWh. The brightest day of the year is June 23, with an average of 6.7 kWh.
The darker period of the year lasts for 3.0 months, from November 9 to February 10, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 3.0 kWh. The darkest day of the year is December 25, with an average of 2.1 kWh.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Pikeville are 37.479 deg latitude, -82.519 deg longitude, and 1,017 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Pikeville contains very significant variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 909 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 953 feet. Within 10 miles also contains very significant variations in elevation (1,680 feet). Within 50 miles contains very significant variations in elevation (3,652 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Pikeville is covered by trees (76%) and artificial surfaces (24%), within 10 miles by trees (90%), and within 50 miles by trees (93%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Pikeville, 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 Pikeville.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Pikeville 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 Pikeville is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Pikeville and a given station.
The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Pikeville Remote Automatic Meteorological Observing System (92%, 0.4 kilometers, north); Lonesome Pine Airport (4.6%, 55 kilometers, south); and Tazewell County Airport (3.3%, 78 kilometers, southeast).
Time zones for aiports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .