Average Weather in Prices Fork Virginia, United States
In Prices Fork, the summers are warm and humid, the winters are very cold, and it is partly cloudy year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 26°F to 84°F and is rarely below 12°F or above 91°F.
Based on the tourism score, the best time of year to visit Prices Fork for warm-weather activities is from early June to late September.
The warm season lasts for 3.7 months, from May 27 to September 17, with an average daily high temperature above 76°F. The hottest day of the year is July 21, with an average high of 84°F and low of 65°F.
The cold season lasts for 3.1 months, from November 30 to March 1, with an average daily high temperature below 51°F. The coldest day of the year is January 29, with an average low of 26°F and high of 43°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 Prices Fork, 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 Prices Fork begins around July 19 and lasts for 3.8 months, ending around November 13. On September 3, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 65% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 35% of the time.
The cloudier part of the year begins around November 13 and lasts for 8.2 months, ending around July 19. On December 27, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 54% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 46% 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 Prices Fork varies throughout the year.
The wetter season lasts 4.2 months, from April 18 to August 26, with a greater than 32% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 45% on July 15.
The drier season lasts 7.8 months, from August 26 to April 18. The smallest chance of a wet day is 20% 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 45% on July 15.
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. Prices Fork experiences some seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.
Rain falls throughout the year in Prices Fork. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around May 19, with an average total accumulation of 3.5 inches.
The least rain falls around January 31, with an average total accumulation of 1.7 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. Prices Fork experiences some seasonal variation in monthly liquid-equivalent snowfall.
The snowy period of the year lasts for 4.7 months, from November 12 to April 3, 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 3, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 0.7 inches.
The snowless period of the year lasts for 7.3 months, from April 3 to November 12. The least snow falls around July 30, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 0.0 inches.
Average Liquid-Equivalent Monthly Snowfall
The length of the day in Prices Fork varies significantly over the course of the year. In 2021, the shortest day is December 21, with 9 hours, 36 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 20, with 14 hours, 44 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight
The earliest sunrise is at 6:01 AM on June 13, and the latest sunrise is 1 hour, 51 minutes later at 7:51 AM on November 6. The earliest sunset is at 5:04 PM on December 6, and the latest sunset is 3 hours, 42 minutes later at 8:46 PM on June 28.
Daylight saving time (DST) is observed in Prices Fork 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
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
Prices Fork experiences extreme seasonal variation in the perceived humidity.
The muggier period of the year lasts for 3.6 months, from May 30 to September 18, during which time the comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable at least 14% of the time. The muggiest day of the year is July 24, with muggy conditions 58% of the time.
The least muggy day of the year is December 14, 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 Prices Fork experiences significant 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 4.6 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is February 25, with an average hourly wind speed of 6.1 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 13, with an average hourly wind speed of 3.0 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed
The predominant average hourly wind direction in Prices Fork is from the west throughout the year.
Best Time of Year to Visit
To characterize how pleasant the weather is in Prices Fork 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 Prices Fork for general outdoor tourist activities is from early June to late September, with a peak score in the last 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 Prices Fork for hot-weather activities is from late June to late August, with a peak score in the third 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 Prices Fork typically lasts for 6.1 months (187 days), from around April 13 to around October 17, rarely starting before March 26 or after May 7, and rarely ending before September 29 or after November 5.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season
Based on growing degree days alone, the first spring blooms in Prices Fork should appear around March 21, only rarely appearing before March 5 or after April 9.
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 4.0 months, from April 25 to August 26, 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 7.0 kWh.
The darker period of the year lasts for 3.0 months, from November 8 to February 8, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 3.2 kWh. The darkest day of the year is December 25, with an average of 2.2 kWh.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Prices Fork are 37.210 deg latitude, -80.490 deg longitude, and 2,031 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Prices Fork contains significant variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 748 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 1,965 feet. Within 10 miles contains significant variations in elevation (2,900 feet). Within 50 miles contains large variations in elevation (3,678 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Prices Fork is covered by trees (63%) and cropland (34%), within 10 miles by trees (61%) and cropland (31%), and within 50 miles by trees (80%) and cropland (18%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Prices Fork, 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 Prices Fork.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Prices Fork 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 Prices Fork is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Prices Fork and a given station.
The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Virginia Tech/Montgomery Executive Airport (77%, 7 kilometers, east); New River Valley Airport (20%, 19 kilometers, southwest); and Greenbrier Valley Airport (2.7%, 74 kilometers, north).
Time zones for airports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .