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Average Weather in Luray Virginia, United States

Luray has a warm humid temperate climate with hot summers and no dry season. The temperature typically varies from 26°F to 86°F over the course of the year, and is rarely below 12°F or above 94°F.

The hot season lasts for 112 days, from May 28 to September 17, 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 94 days, from November 29 to March 3, with an average daily high temperature below 52°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 daily average high (red line) and low (blue line) temperature with percentile bands, 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

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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.

Sun

The length of the day in Luray varies significantly over the course of the year. In 2017, the shortest day is December 21, with 9 hours, 28 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 21, with 14 hours, 52 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 5:48 AM on June 13, and the latest sunrise is 1 hour, 56 minutes later at 7:44 AM on November 4. The earliest sunset is at 4:52 PM on December 5, and the latest sunset is 3 hours, 50 minutes later at 8:42 PM on June 27.

Daylight saving time (DST) is observed in Luray during 2017, starting in the spring on March 12, lasting 237 days, and ending in the fall on November 5.

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time

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.

Clouds

In Luray, 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 Luray begins around July 4 and lasts for 131 days, ending around November 12. 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 12 and lasts for 234 days, ending around July 4. On December 24, 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

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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 Luray varies throughout the year.

The wetter season lasts 141 days, from April 10 to August 29, with a greater than 29% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 39% on May 29.

The drier season lasts 224 days, from August 29 to April 10. The smallest chance of a wet day is 18% on October 20.

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 39% on May 29.

Daily Chance of Precipitation

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 in the year. Luray experiences some seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.

Rain falls throughout the year in Luray. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around May 17, with an average total accumulation of 3.5 inches.

The least rain falls around January 10, with and average total accumulation of 1.6 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 in the year. Luray experiences some seasonal variation in monthly liquid-equivalent snowfall.

The snowy period of the year lasts for 129 days, from November 18 to March 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 February 6, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 0.6 inches.

The snowless period of the year lasts for 236 days, from March 27 to November 18. The least snow falls around July 25, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 0.0 inches.

Average Liquid-Equivalent Monthly Snowfall

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.

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.

Luray experiences very significant seasonal variation in the perceived humidity.

The muggier period of the year lasts for 121 days, from May 25 to September 23, during which time the comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable at least 17% of the time. The muggiest day of the year is July 20, with muggy conditions 66% of the time.

The least muggy day of the year is December 20, when muggy conditions are essentially unheard of.

Humidity Comfort Levels

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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 Luray experiences mildly seasonal variation over the course of the year.

The windier part of the year lasts for 180 days, from November 5 to May 4, with average wind speeds of more than 2.7 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is February 26, with an average hourly wind speed of 3.5 miles per hour.

The calmer time of year lasts for 185 days, from May 4 to November 5. The calmest day of the year is August 7, with an average hourly wind speed of 2.0 miles per hour.

Average Wind Speed

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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 Luray varies throughout the year.

The wind is most often from the south for 9 days, from September 5 to September 14, with a peak percentage of 29% on May 24. The wind is most often from the west for 356 days, from September 14 to September 5, with a peak percentage of 47% on July 13.

Wind Direction

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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 117 days, from April 28 to August 23, 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 96 days, from November 5 to February 9, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 3.1 kWh. The darkest day of the year is December 25, with an average of 2.1 kWh.

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy

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

The area within 2 miles of Luray is covered by cropland (82%) and artificial surfaces (17%), within 10 miles by trees (72%) and cropland (27%), and within 50 miles by trees (66%) and cropland (32%).

The topography within 2 miles of Luray contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 305 feet, and an average elevation above sea level of 867 feet. Within 10 miles contains extreme variations in elevation (3,438 feet). Within 50 miles also contains extreme variations in elevation (4,288 feet).

Data Sources

This report illustrates the typical weather in Luray, 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 6 weather stations near enough to contribute to our estimation of the temperature and dew point in Luray.

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

The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Culpeper County Airport (18%, 54 kilometers, east), Charlottesville-Albemarle Airport (17%, 59 kilometers, south), Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport (17%, 59 kilometers, southwest), Orange County Airport (17%, 59 kilometers, southeast), Winchester Regional Airport (17%, 60 kilometers, northeast), and Grant County Airport (13%, 70 kilometers, northwest).

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 .