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Climate and Average Weather Year Round in Shady Spring West Virginia, United States

In Shady Spring, the summers are warm, the winters are short and very cold, and it is partly cloudy year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 24°F to 79°F and is rarely below 8°F or above 85°F.

Based on the tourism score, the best time of year to visit Shady Spring for warm-weather activities is from mid June to mid September.

Climate in Shady Spring

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Shady Spring weather by month. Click on each chart for more information.

Average Temperature in Shady Spring

The warm season lasts for 3.8 months, from May 24 to September 18, with an average daily high temperature above 71°F. The hottest day of the year is July 21, with an average high of 79°F and low of 63°F.

The cold season lasts for 3.0 months, from December 2 to March 1, with an average daily high temperature below 47°F. The coldest day of the year is January 29, with an average low of 24°F and high of 39°F.

Average High and Low Temperature in Shady Spring

Average High and Low Temperature in Shady SpringwarmcoldcoldJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0°F0°F10°F10°F20°F20°F30°F30°F40°F40°F50°F50°F60°F60°F70°F70°F80°F80°F90°F90°F100°F100°FJan 2939°FJan 2939°FJul 2179°FJul 2179°F24°F24°F63°F63°FMay 2471°FMay 2471°FSep 1871°FSep 1871°FDec 247°FDec 247°FMar 147°FMar 147°F53°F53°F54°F54°F32°F32°F30°F30°FNowNow
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 in Shady Spring

Average Hourly Temperature in Shady SpringJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec12 AM12 AM4 AM4 AM8 AM8 AM12 PM12 PM4 PM4 PM8 PM8 PM12 AM12 AMNowNowfreezingfreezingvery coldvery coldcoldcoldcoolcomfortablewarmcomfortablefreezing
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.

Serravalle Sesia, Italy (4,405 miles away); Gornja Bukovica, Serbia (4,933 miles); and Perepravnaya, Russia (5,714 miles) are the far-away foreign places with temperatures most similar to Shady Spring (view comparison).

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Clouds

In Shady Spring, 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 Shady Spring begins around June 9 and lasts for 5.1 months, ending around November 13. On September 3, 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 13 and lasts for 6.9 months, ending around June 9. On January 3, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 64% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 36% of the time.

Cloud Cover Categories in Shady Spring

Cloud Cover Categories in Shady SpringclearercloudiercloudierJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%Sep 366%Sep 366%Jan 336%Jan 336%Jun 951%Jun 951%Nov 1351%Nov 1351%NowNowclearmostly 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 Shady Spring varies throughout the year.

The wetter season lasts 4.9 months, from March 27 to August 24, with a greater than 34% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 45% on July 13.

The drier season lasts 7.1 months, from August 24 to March 27. The smallest chance of a wet day is 22% on October 31.

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 45% on July 13.

Daily Chance of Precipitation in Shady Spring

Daily Chance of Precipitation in Shady SpringwetdrydryJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%0%10%10%20%20%30%30%40%40%50%50%60%60%70%70%80%80%90%90%100%100%Jul 1345%Jul 1345%Oct 3122%Oct 3122%Jan 125%Jan 125%Mar 2734%Mar 2734%Aug 2434%Aug 2434%NowNowrainsnow
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. Shady Spring experiences some seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.

Rain falls throughout the year in Shady Spring. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around May 18, with an average total accumulation of 3.7 inches.

The least rain falls around January 25, with an average total accumulation of 1.7 inches.

Average Monthly Rainfall in Shady Spring

Average Monthly Rainfall in Shady SpringJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 in0 in1 in1 in2 in2 in3 in3 in4 in4 in5 in5 in6 in6 in7 in7 inMay 183.7 inMay 183.7 inJan 251.7 inJan 251.7 inJul 123.6 inJul 123.6 inNov 292.5 inNov 292.5 inNowNow
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.

Snowfall

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. Shady Spring experiences some seasonal variation in monthly liquid-equivalent snowfall.

The snowy period of the year lasts for 4.8 months, from November 13 to April 6, with a sliding 31-day liquid-equivalent snowfall of at least 0.1 inches. The most snow falls during the 31 days centered around February 5, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 0.6 inches.

The snowless period of the year lasts for 7.2 months, from April 6 to November 13. The least snow falls around July 17, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 0.0 inches.

Average Liquid-Equivalent Monthly Snowfall in Shady Spring

Average Liquid-Equivalent Monthly Snowfall in Shady SpringsnowsnowJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 in0 in1 in1 in2 in2 in3 in3 in4 in4 inFeb 50.6 inFeb 50.6 inJul 170.0 inJul 170.0 inNov 130.1 inNov 130.1 inApr 60.1 inApr 60.1 inNowNow
The average liquid-equivalent snowfall (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 rainfall.

Sun

The length of the day in Shady Spring varies significantly over the course of the year. In 2021, the shortest day is December 21, with 9 hours, 33 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 20, with 14 hours, 47 minutes of daylight.

Hours of Daylight and Twilight in Shady Spring

Hours of Daylight and Twilight in Shady SpringJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 hr24 hr4 hr20 hr8 hr16 hr12 hr12 hr16 hr8 hr20 hr4 hr24 hr0 hr12 hr, 7 minMar 2012 hr, 7 minMar 2014 hr, 47 minJun 2014 hr, 47 minJun 2012 hr, 8 minSep 2212 hr, 8 minSep 229 hr, 33 minDec 219 hr, 33 minDec 21nightnightdayNowNow
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 6:02 AM on June 13, and the latest sunrise is 1 hour, 53 minutes later at 7:55 AM on November 6. The earliest sunset is at 5:05 PM on December 6, and the latest sunset is 3 hours, 45 minutes later at 8:50 PM on June 27.

Daylight saving time (DST) is observed in Shady Spring during 2021, starting in the spring on March 14, lasting 7.8 months, and ending in the fall on November 7.

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time in Shady Spring

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time in Shady SpringJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec2 AM4 AM6 AM8 AM10 AM12 PM2 PM4 PM6 PM8 PM10 PM12 AMJun 136:02 AMJun 136:02 AM8:50 PMJun 278:50 PMJun 27Dec 65:05 PMDec 65:05 PM7:55 AMNov 67:55 AMNov 6Mar 14DSTMar 14DSTDSTNov 7DSTNov 7daynightnightnightnightSolarMidnightSolarMidnightSolarNoonSunriseSunsetNowNow
The solar day over the course of the year 2021. 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.

Moon

The figure below presents a compact representation of key lunar data for 2021. The horizontal axis is the day, the vertical axis is the hour of the day, and the colored areas indicate when the moon is above the horizon. The vertical gray bars (new Moons) and blue bars (full Moons) indicate key Moon phases.

Moon Rise, Set & Phases in Shady Spring

The time in which the moon is above the horizon (light blue area), with new moons (dark gray lines) and full moons (blue lines) indicated. The shaded overlays indicate night and civil twilight.

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.

Shady Spring experiences significant seasonal variation in the perceived humidity.

The muggier period of the year lasts for 3.1 months, from June 9 to September 12, during which time the comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable at least 9% of the time. The muggiest day of the year is July 24, with muggy conditions 36% of the time.

The least muggy day of the year is February 26, when muggy conditions are essentially unheard of.

Humidity Comfort Levels in Shady Spring

Humidity Comfort Levels in Shady SpringmuggyJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%0%10%10%20%20%30%30%40%40%50%50%60%60%70%70%80%80%90%90%100%100%Feb 260%Feb 260%Jul 2436%Jul 2436%Jun 99%Jun 99%Sep 129%Sep 129%NowNowmuggymuggyhumidhumiddrydrycomfortablecomfortable
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 Shady Spring experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.

The windier part of the year lasts for 5.5 months, from November 12 to April 29, with average wind speeds of more than 4.8 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is February 25, with an average hourly wind speed of 6.5 miles per hour.

The calmer time of year lasts for 6.5 months, from April 29 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 in Shady Spring

Average Wind Speed in Shady SpringwindywindyJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 mph0 mph1 mph1 mph2 mph2 mph3 mph3 mph4 mph4 mph5 mph5 mph6 mph6 mph7 mph7 mph8 mph8 mph9 mph9 mph10 mph10 mphFeb 256.5 mphFeb 256.5 mphAug 13.1 mphAug 13.1 mphNov 124.8 mphNov 124.8 mphApr 294.8 mphApr 294.8 mphNowNow
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 Shady Spring varies throughout the year.

The wind is most often from the south for 2.9 weeks, from September 4 to September 24, with a peak percentage of 30% on September 23. The wind is most often from the west for 11 months, from September 24 to September 4, with a peak percentage of 49% on January 1.

Wind Direction in Shady Spring

Wind Direction in Shady SpringWSWJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%20%80%40%60%60%40%80%20%100%0%NowNowwestsouthnortheast
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 Shady Spring 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 Shady Spring for general outdoor tourist activities is from mid June to mid September, with a peak score in the last week of August.

Tourism Score in Shady Spring

Tourism Score in Shady Springbest timeJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec002244668810106.96.90.20.2NowNowprecipitationprecipitationcloudscloudstemperaturetemperature tourism 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 Shady Spring for hot-weather activities is from early July to late August, with a peak score in the third week of July.

Beach/Pool Score in Shady Spring

Beach/Pool Score in Shady Springbest timeJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec002244668810104.64.60.00.0NowNowprecipitationprecipitationcloudscloudstemperaturetemperature beach/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 Shady Spring typically lasts for 6.0 months (181 days), from around April 20 to around October 19, rarely starting before April 1 or after May 12, and rarely ending before September 30 or after November 6.

Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in Shady Spring

Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in Shady Springgrowing seasonJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%50%Apr 2050%Apr 2050%Oct 1950%Oct 1990%May 1290%May 1290%Sep 3090%Sep 3010%Apr 110%Apr 110%Nov 610%Nov 60%Feb 70%Feb 7Jul 24100%Jul 24100%frigidfreezingvery coldcoldcoolcomfortablewarm
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 Shady Spring should appear around March 29, only rarely appearing before March 15 or after April 14.

Growing Degree Days in Shady Spring

Growing Degree Days in Shady SpringJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0°F0°F500°F500°F1,000°F1,000°F1,500°F1,500°F2,000°F2,000°F2,500°F2,500°F3,000°F3,000°FMar 2990°FMar 2990°FJun 19900°FJun 19900°FAug 51,800°FAug 51,800°FDec 312,932°FDec 312,932°FNowNow
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 4.1 months, from April 27 to September 1, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 5.9 kWh. The brightest day of the year is June 23, with an average of 6.8 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 2.0 kWh.

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in Shady Spring

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in Shady SpringbrightdarkdarkJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 kWh0 kWh1 kWh1 kWh2 kWh2 kWh3 kWh3 kWh4 kWh4 kWh5 kWh5 kWh6 kWh6 kWh7 kWh7 kWh8 kWh8 kWh9 kWh9 kWhJun 236.8 kWhJun 236.8 kWhDec 252.0 kWhDec 252.0 kWhApr 275.9 kWhApr 275.9 kWhSep 15.9 kWhSep 15.9 kWhFeb 103.0 kWhFeb 103.0 kWhNowNow
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 Shady Spring are 37.706 deg latitude, -81.098 deg longitude, and 2,694 ft elevation.

The topography within 2 miles of Shady Spring contains significant variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 702 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 2,709 feet. Within 10 miles contains significant variations in elevation (2,402 feet). Within 50 miles contains large variations in elevation (4,121 feet).

The area within 2 miles of Shady Spring is covered by trees (72%) and cropland (28%), within 10 miles by trees (89%), and within 50 miles by trees (91%).

Data Sources

This report illustrates the typical weather in Shady Spring, 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 Shady Spring.

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

The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Raleigh County Memorial Airport (KBKW, 79%, 9 kilometers, north); Kee Field (KI16, 8%, 42 kilometers, west); Mercer County Airport (KBLF, 8%, 46 kilometers, south); and Greenbrier Valley Airport (KLWB, 5%, 64 kilometers, east).

Other Data

All data relating to the Sun's position (e.g., sunrise and sunset) are computed using astronomical formulas from the book, Astronomical Algorithms 2nd Edition , 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 airports 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.