Average Weather in Chambersburg Pennsylvania, United States
In Chambersburg, 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 24°F to 86°F and is rarely below 11°F or above 94°F.
Based on the tourism score, the best time of year to visit Chambersburg for warm-weather activities is from early June to late September.
The hot season lasts for 3.6 months, from May 28 to September 16, with an average daily high temperature above 76°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 3.1 months, from December 1 to March 5, with an average daily high temperature below 48°F. The coldest day of the year is January 29, with an average low of 24°F and high of 38°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 Chambersburg, 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 Chambersburg begins around June 16 and lasts for 4.8 months, ending around November 10. 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 10 and lasts for 7.2 months, ending around June 16. On January 12, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 56% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 44% 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 Chambersburg varies throughout the year.
The wetter season lasts 4.7 months, from March 31 to August 22, 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 7.3 months, from August 22 to March 31. The smallest chance of a wet day is 20% on January 28.
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
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. Chambersburg experiences some seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.
Rain falls throughout the year in Chambersburg. 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 23, with an average total accumulation of 1.5 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. Chambersburg experiences some seasonal variation in monthly liquid-equivalent snowfall.
The snowy period of the year lasts for 4.5 months, from November 16 to April 1, 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 1, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 0.8 inches.
The snowless period of the year lasts for 7.5 months, from April 1 to November 16. The least snow falls around July 26, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 0.0 inches.
Average Liquid-Equivalent Monthly Snowfall
The length of the day in Chambersburg varies significantly over the course of the year. In 2018, the shortest day is December 21, with 9 hours, 20 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 21, with 15 hours, 1 minute of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight
The earliest sunrise is at 5:41 AM on June 14, and the latest sunrise is 2 hours, 0 minutes later at 7:41 AM on November 3. The earliest sunset is at 4:45 PM on December 8, and the latest sunset is 3 hours, 58 minutes later at 8:43 PM on June 27.
Daylight saving time (DST) is observed in Chambersburg during 2018, starting in the spring on March 11, lasting 7.8 months, and ending in the fall on November 4.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time
Chambersburg experiences significant seasonal variation in the perceived humidity.
The muggier period of the year lasts for 3.7 months, from May 30 to September 21, during which time the comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable at least 12% of the time. The muggiest day of the year is July 28, with muggy conditions 48% of the time.
The least muggy day of the year is December 10, 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 Chambersburg experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The windier part of the year lasts for 5.7 months, from November 12 to May 3, with average wind speeds of more than 5.9 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is February 26, with an average hourly wind speed of 7.6 miles per hour.
The calmer time of year lasts for 6.3 months, from May 3 to November 12. The calmest day of the year is August 1, with an average hourly wind speed of 4.2 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed
The predominant average hourly wind direction in Chambersburg varies throughout the year.
The wind is most often from the south for 1.9 months, from August 7 to October 4, with a peak percentage of 35% on September 7. The wind is most often from the west for 10 months, from October 4 to August 7, with a peak percentage of 46% on January 1.
Best Time of Year to Visit
To characterize how pleasant the weather is in Chambersburg 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 Chambersburg for general outdoor tourist activities is from early June to late September, with a peak score in the first week of September.
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 Chambersburg 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 Chambersburg typically lasts for 6.8 months (208 days), from around April 8 to around November 2, rarely starting before March 24 or after April 24, and rarely ending before October 15 or after November 19.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season
Based on growing degree days alone, the first spring blooms in Chambersburg should appear around April 1, only rarely appearing before March 16 or after April 16.
Growing Degree Days
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 3.7 months, from May 1 to August 24, 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 6.9 kWh.
The darker period of the year lasts for 3.2 months, from November 5 to February 10, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 2.8 kWh. The darkest day of the year is December 23, with an average of 1.8 kWh.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Chambersburg are 39.938 deg latitude, -77.661 deg longitude, and 669 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Chambersburg contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 197 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 650 feet. Within 10 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (1,857 feet). Within 50 miles contains very significant variations in elevation (2,598 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Chambersburg is covered by cropland (49%) and artificial surfaces (49%), within 10 miles by cropland (71%) and trees (25%), and within 50 miles by trees (53%) and cropland (42%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Chambersburg, 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 Chambersburg.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Chambersburg 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 Chambersburg is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Chambersburg and a given station.
The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Hagerstown Regional Airport (50%, 26 kilometers, south); Site R (39%, 30 kilometers, southeast); and Altoona-Blair County Airport (11%, 69 kilometers, northwest).
Time zones for aiports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .