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Average Weather in Peace River Canada

In Peace River, the summers are long, comfortable, and partly cloudy and the winters are frigid, snowy, and mostly cloudy. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 0°F to 76°F and is rarely below -25°F or above 86°F.

Climate Summary

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Based on the tourism score, the best time of year to visit Peace River for warm-weather activities is from early July to mid August.

Temperature

The warm season lasts for 4.0 months, from May 14 to September 15, with an average daily high temperature above 64°F. The hottest day of the year is July 24, with an average high of 76°F and low of 53°F.

The cold season lasts for 3.5 months, from November 17 to March 1, with an average daily high temperature below 27°F. The coldest day of the year is January 11, with an average low of 0°F and high of 15°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 Peace RiverJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec12 AM4 AM8 AM12 PM4 PM8 PM12 AMfrigidfrigidfreezingcoldcoolcoolcomfortablevery coldvery coldfreezing
The average hourly temperature, color coded into bands: 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 shaded overlays indicate night and civil twilight.

Chelyabinsk, Russia (4,745 miles away) is the far-away foreign place with temperatures most similar to Peace River (view comparison).

Clouds

In Peace River, 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 Peace River begins around April 26 and lasts for 5.5 months, ending around October 8. On August 3, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 56% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 44% of the time.

The cloudier part of the year begins around October 8 and lasts for 6.6 months, ending around April 26. On February 20, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 72% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 28% of the time.

Cloud Cover Categories

Cloud Cover Categories in Peace RiverclearercloudiercloudierJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%Aug 356%Aug 356%Feb 2028%Feb 2028%Apr 2642%Apr 2642%Oct 842%Oct 842%clearmostly clearpartly cloudymostly cloudyovercast
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 Peace River varies throughout the year.

The wetter season lasts 3.2 months, from May 17 to August 24, with a greater than 20% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 30% on June 23.

The drier season lasts 8.8 months, from August 24 to May 17. The smallest chance of a wet day is 9% on February 15.

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 in Peace River changes throughout the year.

Rain alone is the most common for 7.4 months, from March 27 to November 6. The highest chance of a day with rain alone is 30% on June 23.

Snow alone is the most common for 4.6 months, from November 6 to March 27. The highest chance of a day with snow alone is 12% on January 12.

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 of the year. Peace River experiences significant seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.

The rainy period of the year lasts for 6.6 months, from April 9 to October 27, with a sliding 31-day rainfall of at least 0.5 inches. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around June 25, with an average total accumulation of 2.4 inches.

The rainless period of the year lasts for 5.4 months, from October 27 to April 9. The least rain falls around December 19, with an average total accumulation of 0.0 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. Peace River experiences some seasonal variation in monthly liquid-equivalent snowfall.

The snowy period of the year lasts for 6.3 months, from October 12 to April 21, 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 12, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 0.5 inches.

The snowless period of the year lasts for 5.7 months, from April 21 to October 12. The least snow falls around July 28, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 0.0 inches.

Average Liquid-Equivalent Monthly Snowfall

Average Liquid-Equivalent Monthly Snowfall in Peace RiversnowsnowJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0.0 in0.5 in1.0 in1.5 in2.0 in2.5 inJan 120.5 inJan 120.5 inJul 280.0 inJul 280.0 inOct 120.1 inOct 120.1 inApr 210.1 inApr 210.1 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 Peace River varies extremely over the course of the year. In 2017, the shortest day is December 21, with 6 hours, 54 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 20, with 17 hours, 41 minutes of daylight.

Hours of Daylight and Twilight

Hours of Daylight and Twilight in Peace RiverJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 hr24 hr4 hr20 hr8 hr16 hr12 hr12 hr16 hr8 hr20 hr4 hr24 hr0 hr12 hr, 9 minMar 2012 hr, 9 minMar 2017 hr, 41 minJun 2017 hr, 41 minJun 2012 hr, 12 minSep 2212 hr, 12 minSep 226 hr, 54 minDec 216 hr, 54 minDec 21nightnightday
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 5:00 AM on June 18, and the latest sunrise is 4 hours, 22 minutes later at 9:22 AM on December 28. The earliest sunset is at 4:12 PM on December 14, and the latest sunset is 6 hours, 29 minutes later at 10:41 PM on June 23.

Daylight saving time (DST) is observed in Peace River 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 Peace RiverJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec2 AM4 AM6 AM8 AM10 AM12 PM2 PM4 PM6 PM8 PM10 PM12 AMJun 185:00 AMJun 185:00 AM10:41 PMJun 2310:41 PMJun 23Dec 144:12 PMDec 144:12 PM9:22 AMDec 289:22 AMDec 28Mar 12DSTMar 12DSTDSTNov 5DSTNov 5daynightnightnightnightSolarMidnightSolarMidnightSolarNoonSunriseSunset
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.

The perceived humidity level in Peace River, as measured by the percentage of time in which the humidity comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable, does not vary significantly over the course of the year, remaining a virtually constant 0% throughout.

Humidity Comfort Levels

Humidity Comfort Levels in Peace RiverJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%10%20%30%40%50%60%70%80%90%100%Jan 200%Jan 200%Jul 270%Jul 270%drydry
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 Peace River experiences mild seasonal variation over the course of the year.

The windier part of the year lasts for 7.8 months, from September 28 to May 20, with average wind speeds of more than 6.4 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is April 13, with an average hourly wind speed of 7.3 miles per hour.

The calmer time of year lasts for 4.2 months, from May 20 to September 28. The calmest day of the year is August 1, with an average hourly wind speed of 5.6 miles per hour.

Average Wind Speed

Average Wind Speed in Peace RiverwindywindyJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 mph1 mph2 mph3 mph4 mph5 mph6 mph7 mph8 mph9 mph10 mph11 mph12 mphApr 137.3 mphApr 137.3 mphAug 15.6 mphAug 15.6 mphSep 286.4 mphSep 286.4 mphMay 206.4 mphMay 206.4 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 Peace River is from the west throughout the year.

Wind Direction

Wind Direction in Peace RiverJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%20%80%40%60%60%40%80%20%100%0%westeastnorthsouth
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).

Best Time of Year to Visit

To characterize how pleasant the weather is in Peace River 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 Peace River for general outdoor tourist activities is from early July to mid August, with a peak score in the last week of July.

Tourism Score

Tourism Score in Peace Riverbest timeJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec02468105.35.30.00.0 precipitationprecipitationcloudscloudstemperaturetemperaturetourism 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 Peace River for hot-weather activities is from mid July to mid August, with a peak score in the last week of July.

Beach/Pool Score

Beach/Pool Score in Peace RiverJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec02468101.81.80.00.0 precipitationprecipitationcloudscloudstemperaturetemperature
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 Peace River typically lasts for 4.2 months (130 days), from around May 11 to around September 18, rarely starting before April 23 or after May 30, and rarely ending before August 29 or after October 7.

Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season

Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in Peace Rivergrowing seasonJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%May 1150%May 1150%Sep 1850%Sep 1850%May 3090%May 3090%Aug 2990%Aug 2990%Apr 2310%Apr 2310%Oct 710%Oct 710%0%Feb 170%Feb 17Jul 15100%Jul 15100%frigidfreezingvery coldcoldcoolcomfortablewarm
The percentage of time spent in various temperature bands: 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 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 Peace River should appear around May 11, only rarely appearing before April 30 or after May 23.

Growing Degree Days

Growing Degree Days in Peace RiverJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0°F200°F400°F600°F800°F1,000°F1,200°F1,400°F1,600°FMay 1190°FMay 1190°FJul 28900°FJul 28900°FDec 311,490°FDec 311,490°F
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 extreme seasonal variation over the course of the year.

The brighter period of the year lasts for 3.6 months, from April 28 to August 17, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 5.1 kWh. The brightest day of the year is June 14, with an average of 6.3 kWh.

The darker period of the year lasts for 3.8 months, from October 22 to February 17, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 1.6 kWh. The darkest day of the year is December 20, with an average of 0.5 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

For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Peace River are 56.237 deg latitude, -117.292 deg longitude, and 1,417 ft elevation.

The topography within 2 miles of Peace River contains significant variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 715 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 1,305 feet. Within 10 miles contains significant variations in elevation (1,204 feet). Within 50 miles contains very significant variations in elevation (2,051 feet).

The area within 2 miles of Peace River is covered by sparse vegetation (29%), trees (20%), cropland (19%), and grassland (15%), within 10 miles by cropland (48%) and trees (29%), and within 50 miles by trees (54%) and cropland (29%).

Data Sources

This report illustrates the typical weather in Peace River, 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 Peace River.

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

The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Peace River Airport (83%, 10 kilometers, west); Manning AGDM (8%, 82 kilometers, north); High Prairie AGDM (5%, 108 kilometers, southeast); and Red Earth (3.9%, 129 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 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.

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.