Average Weather in Spartanburg South Carolina, United States
In Spartanburg, the temperature typically varies from 34°F to 90°F over the course of the year, and is rarely below 21°F or above 97°F.
The hot season lasts for 3.6 months, from May 25 to September 14, with an average daily high temperature above 82°F. The hottest day of the year is July 19, with an average high of 90°F and low of 70°F.
The cool season lasts for 3.1 months, from November 26 to February 28, with an average daily high temperature below 60°F. The coldest day of the year is January 18, with an average low of 34°F and high of 52°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
The length of the day in Spartanburg varies significantly over the course of the year. In 2017, the shortest day is December 21, with 9 hours, 48 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 21, with 14 hours, 31 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight
The earliest sunrise is at 6:13 AM on June 12, and the latest sunrise is 1 hour, 38 minutes later at 7:51 AM on November 4. The earliest sunset is at 5:15 PM on December 5, and the latest sunset is 3 hours, 30 minutes later at 8:45 PM on June 28.
Daylight saving time (DST) is observed in Spartanburg 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
In Spartanburg, 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 Spartanburg begins around August 3 and lasts for 3.7 months, ending around November 23. On October 8, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 66% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 34% of the time.
The cloudier part of the year begins around November 23 and lasts for 8.4 months, ending around August 3. On January 4, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 50% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 50% of the time.
A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. The chance of wet days in Spartanburg varies throughout the year.
The wetter season lasts 3.5 months, from May 14 to August 30, with a greater than 33% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 46% on July 28.
The drier season lasts 8.5 months, from August 30 to May 14. The smallest chance of a wet day is 19% on October 29.
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 28.
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 in the year. Spartanburg experiences some seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.
Rain falls throughout the year in Spartanburg. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around March 17, with an average total accumulation of 3.9 inches.
The least rain falls around October 29, with and average total accumulation of 3.0 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 in the year. Spartanburg experiences some seasonal variation in monthly liquid-equivalent snowfall.
The snowy period of the year lasts for 2.4 months, from December 16 to February 27, 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 21, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 0.3 inches.
The snowless period of the year lasts for 9.6 months, from February 27 to December 16. The least snow falls around July 21, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 0.0 inches.
Average Liquid-Equivalent Monthly Snowfall
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.
Spartanburg experiences very significant seasonal variation in the perceived humidity.
The muggier period of the year lasts for 4.5 months, from May 15 to September 30, during which time the comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable at least 22% of the time. The muggiest day of the year is July 25, with muggy conditions 87% of the time.
The least muggy day of the year is February 8, when muggy conditions are essentially unheard of.
Humidity Comfort Levels
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 Spartanburg experiences mildly seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The windier part of the year lasts for 7.4 months, from October 5 to May 18, with average wind speeds of more than 3.0 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is March 8, with an average hourly wind speed of 3.6 miles per hour.
The calmer time of year lasts for 4.6 months, from May 18 to October 5. The calmest day of the year is August 1, with an average hourly wind speed of 2.3 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed
The predominant average hourly wind direction in Spartanburg varies throughout the year.
The wind is most often from the west for 3.7 months, from April 11 to August 1, with a peak percentage of 35% on July 4. The wind is most often from the north for 1.7 weeks, from August 1 to August 13 and for 6.5 months, from September 10 to March 24, with a peak percentage of 38% on October 15. The wind is most often from the east for 4.0 weeks, from August 13 to September 10, with a peak percentage of 34% on September 6.
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 4.4 months, from April 14 to August 25, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 6.0 kWh. The brightest day of the year is June 23, with an average of 6.9 kWh.
The darker period of the year lasts for 2.9 months, from November 10 to February 7, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 3.4 kWh. The darkest day of the year is December 24, with an average of 2.5 kWh.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Spartanburg are 34.950 deg latitude, -81.932 deg longitude, and 751 ft elevation (map ).
The topography within 2 miles of Spartanburg contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 226 feet, and an average elevation above sea level of 739 feet. Within 10 miles also contains only modest variations in elevation (486 feet). Within 50 miles contains extreme variations in elevation (4,111 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Spartanburg is covered by artificial surfaces (87%) and trees (13%), within 10 miles by trees (55%) and artificial surfaces (24%), and within 50 miles by trees (72%) and cropland (21%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Spartanburg, 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 Spartanburg.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Spartanburg 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 Spartanburg is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Spartanburg and a given station.
The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Spartanburg Downtown Memorial Airport (94%, 4.0 kilometers, southwest), Shelby Municipal Airport (2.7%, 46 kilometers, northeast), Rutherford County Airport (2.1%, 53 kilometers, north), and Chester Catawba Regional Airport (1.4%, 69 kilometers, east).
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 .