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Average Weather in West Lynchburg Virginia, United States

In West Lynchburg, the summers are warm and humid, the winters are chilly and wet, and it is partly cloudy year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 29°F to 87°F and is rarely below 16°F or above 94°F.

The hot season lasts for 3.6 months, from May 28 to September 16, with an average daily high temperature above 79°F. The hottest day of the year is July 21, with an average high of 87°F and low of 68°F.

The cold season lasts for 3.1 months, from November 29 to March 2, with an average daily high temperature below 54°F. The coldest day of the year is January 29, with an average low of 29°F and high of 46°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 West Lynchburg12 AM4 AM8 AM12 PM4 PM8 PM12 AMJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecchillycoldcoolcomfortablewarmhotfreezing
The average hourly temperature, color coded into bands: frigid < 15°F < freezing < 32°F < chilly < 45°F < cold < 55°F < cool < 65°F < comfortable < 75°F < warm < 85°F < hot < 95°F < sweltering. The shaded overlays indicate night and civil twilight.

Clouds

In West Lynchburg, 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 West Lynchburg begins around July 19 and lasts for 3.8 months, ending around November 14. On September 22, 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 14 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 52% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 48% of the time.

Cloud Cover

Cloud Cover in West Lynchburgclearercloudiercloudier0%10%20%30%40%50%60%70%80%90%100%JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecDec 2752%Dec 2752%Sep 2234%Sep 2234%Jul 1943%Jul 1943%Nov 1443%Nov 1443%overcastmostly cloudypartly cloudymostly clearclear
The percentage of time spent in each cloud cover band, categorized by the percentage of the sky covered by clouds: clear < 20% < mostly clear < 40% < partly cloudy < 60% < mostly cloudy < 80% < overcast.

Precipitation

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

The wetter season lasts 4.2 months, from April 20 to August 26, with a greater than 30% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 41% on July 15.

The drier season lasts 7.8 months, from August 26 to April 20. The smallest chance of a wet day is 19% on October 16.

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 41% on July 15.

Daily Chance of Precipitation

Daily Chance of Precipitation in West Lynchburgwetdrydry0%10%20%30%40%50%60%70%80%90%100%JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecJul 1541%Jul 1541%Oct 1619%Oct 1619%Jan 123%Jan 123%Apr 2031%Apr 2031%Aug 2630%Aug 2630%snowrain
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. West Lynchburg experiences some seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.

Rain falls throughout the year in West Lynchburg. 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 February 8, with an average total accumulation of 2.1 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.

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. West Lynchburg experiences some seasonal variation in monthly liquid-equivalent snowfall.

The snowy period of the year lasts for 4.0 months, from November 22 to March 22, 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 6, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 0.6 inches.

The snowless period of the year lasts for 8.0 months, from March 22 to November 22. The least snow falls around July 19, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 0.0 inches.

Average Liquid-Equivalent Monthly Snowfall

Average Liquid-Equivalent Monthly Snowfall in West Lynchburgsnowsnow0 in1 in2 in3 in4 inJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecFeb 60.6 inFeb 60.6 inJul 190.0 inJul 190.0 inNov 220.1 inNov 220.1 inMar 220.1 inMar 220.1 in
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 West Lynchburg varies significantly over the course of the year. In 2017, the shortest day is December 21, with 9 hours, 35 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 21, with 14 hours, 45 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 5:55 AM on June 13, and the latest sunrise is 1 hour, 50 minutes later at 7:44 AM on November 4. The earliest sunset is at 4:58 PM on December 6, and the latest sunset is 3 hours, 43 minutes later at 8:41 PM on June 28.

Daylight saving time (DST) is observed in West Lynchburg 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

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time in West Lynchburg2 AM4 AM6 AM8 AM10 AM12 PM2 PM4 PM6 PM8 PM10 PM12 AMJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecJun 135:55 AMJun 135:55 AM8:41 PMJun 288:41 PMJun 28Dec 64:58 PMDec 64:58 PM7:44 AMNov 47:44 AMNov 4Mar 12DSTMar 12DSTDSTNov 5DSTNov 5daynightnightnightnight
The solar day over the course of the year 2017. 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.

West Lynchburg experiences extreme seasonal variation in the perceived humidity.

The muggier period of the year lasts for 3.9 months, from May 26 to September 23, during which time the comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable at least 18% of the time. The muggiest day of the year is July 24, with muggy conditions 68% of the time.

The least muggy day of the year is February 21, when muggy conditions are essentially unheard of.

Humidity Comfort Levels

Humidity Comfort Levels in West Lynchburgmuggy0%10%20%30%40%50%60%70%80%90%100%JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecFeb 210%Feb 210%Jul 2468%Jul 2468%May 2618%May 2618%Sep 2318%Sep 2318%oppressiveoppressivemuggymuggyhumidhumidcomfortablecomfortabledrydrymiserablemiserable
The percentage of time spent at various humidity comfort levels, categorized by dew point: dry < 55°F < comfortable < 60°F < humid < 65°F < muggy < 70°F < oppressive < 75°F < miserable.

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 West Lynchburg experiences mild seasonal variation over the course of the year.

The windier part of the year lasts for 6.0 months, from November 5 to May 6, with average wind speeds of more than 2.2 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is February 26, with an average hourly wind speed of 2.8 miles per hour.

The calmer time of year lasts for 6.0 months, from May 6 to November 5. The calmest day of the year is August 7, with an average hourly wind speed of 1.6 miles per hour.

Average Wind Speed

Average Wind Speed in West Lynchburgwindywindy0.0 mph0.5 mph1.0 mph1.5 mph2.0 mph2.5 mph3.0 mph3.5 mph4.0 mph4.5 mphJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecFeb 262.8 mphFeb 262.8 mphAug 71.6 mphAug 71.6 mphNov 52.2 mphNov 52.2 mphMay 62.2 mphMay 62.2 mph
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 West Lynchburg varies throughout the year.

The wind is most often from the north for 1.2 months, from August 25 to October 1, with a peak percentage of 31% on September 26. The wind is most often from the west for 11 months, from October 1 to August 25, with a peak percentage of 47% on January 1.

Wind Direction

Wind Direction in West LynchburgWNW0%20%40%60%80%100%JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecwestsoutheastnorth
The percentage of hours in which the mean wind direction is from each of the four cardinal wind directions (north, east, south, and west), excluding hours in which the mean wind speed is less than 1 mph. The lightly tinted areas at the boundaries are the percentage of hours spent in the implied intermediate directions (northeast, southeast, southwest, and northwest).

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 3.9 months, from April 25 to August 21, 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 7 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 24, with an average of 2.2 kWh.

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in West Lynchburgbrightdarkdark0 kWh1 kWh2 kWh3 kWh4 kWh5 kWh6 kWh7 kWh8 kWh9 kWhJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecJun 237.0 kWhJun 237.0 kWhDec 242.2 kWhDec 242.2 kWhApr 256.0 kWhApr 256.0 kWhAug 216.0 kWhAug 216.0 kWhNov 73.2 kWhNov 73.2 kWhFeb 83.2 kWhFeb 83.2 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 West Lynchburg are 37.403 deg latitude, -79.178 deg longitude, and 722 ft elevation.

The topography within 2 miles of West Lynchburg contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 358 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 708 feet. Within 10 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (1,647 feet). Within 50 miles contains very significant variations in elevation (4,154 feet).

The area within 2 miles of West Lynchburg is covered by artificial surfaces (65%) and trees (35%), within 10 miles by trees (73%) and cropland (14%), and within 50 miles by trees (78%) and cropland (19%).

Data Sources

This report illustrates the typical weather in West Lynchburg, 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 5 weather stations near enough to contribute to our estimation of the temperature and dew point in West Lynchburg.

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

The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Lynchburg Regional Airport (85%, 10 kilometers, south); Farmville Municipal Airport (6%, 66 kilometers, east); Ingalls Field Airport (2.4%, 83 kilometers, northwest); Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport (3.3%, 99 kilometers, north); and Charlottesville-Albemarle Airport (3.2%, 104 kilometers, northeast).

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.