Average Weather in Council Idaho, United States
In Council, the summers are short, warm, dry, and mostly clear and the winters are freezing and partly cloudy. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 19°F to 87°F and is rarely below 3°F or above 94°F.
Based on the tourism score, the best time of year to visit Council for warm-weather activities is from early July to mid August.
The hot season lasts for 2.9 months, from June 17 to September 14, with an average daily high temperature above 76°F. The hottest day of the year is July 31, with an average high of 87°F and low of 55°F.
The cold season lasts for 3.3 months, from November 17 to February 27, with an average daily high temperature below 43°F. The coldest day of the year is December 30, with an average low of 19°F and high of 32°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 Council, 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 Council begins around June 11 and lasts for 4.0 months, ending around October 12. On July 29, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 83% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 17% of the time.
The cloudier part of the year begins around October 12 and lasts for 8.0 months, ending around June 11. On January 10, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 65% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 35% of the time.
Cloud Cover Categories
A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. The chance of wet days in Council varies throughout the year.
The wetter season lasts 7.7 months, from October 22 to June 14, with a greater than 20% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 34% on December 1.
The drier season lasts 4.3 months, from June 14 to October 22. The smallest chance of a wet day is 5% on July 27.
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 28% on March 21.
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. Council experiences significant seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.
The rainy period of the year lasts for 10 months, from August 28 to July 10, with a sliding 31-day rainfall of at least 0.5 inches. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around December 3, with an average total accumulation of 2.3 inches.
The rainless period of the year lasts for 1.5 months, from July 10 to August 28. The least rain falls around August 2, with an average total accumulation of 0.3 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. Council experiences some seasonal variation in monthly liquid-equivalent snowfall.
The snowy period of the year lasts for 4.2 months, from November 5 to March 12, with a sliding 31-day liquid-equivalent snowfall of at least 0.1 inches. The most snow falls during the 31 days centered around December 29, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 0.9 inches.
The snowless period of the year lasts for 7.8 months, from March 12 to November 5. The least snow falls around July 17, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 0.0 inches.
Average Liquid-Equivalent Monthly Snowfall
The length of the day in Council varies significantly over the course of the year. In 2018, the shortest day is December 21, with 8 hours, 48 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 21, with 15 hours, 35 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight
The earliest sunrise is at 5:59 AM on June 15, and the latest sunrise is 2 hours, 27 minutes later at 8:26 AM on November 3. The earliest sunset is at 5:05 PM on December 10, and the latest sunset is 4 hours, 31 minutes later at 9:35 PM on June 26.
Daylight saving time (DST) is observed in Council 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
The perceived humidity level in Council, 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
Average Wind Speed
The predominant average hourly wind direction in Council varies throughout the year.
The wind is most often from the north for 5.7 months, from April 14 to October 6, with a peak percentage of 39% on July 16. The wind is most often from the south for 6.3 months, from October 6 to April 14, with a peak percentage of 56% on January 1.
Best Time of Year to Visit
To characterize how pleasant the weather is in Council 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 Council for general outdoor tourist activities is from early July to mid August, with a peak score in the last week of July.
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 Council for hot-weather activities is from mid July to mid August, with a peak score in the last 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 Council typically lasts for 4.7 months (143 days), from around May 9 to around September 29, rarely starting before April 21 or after May 28, and rarely ending before September 10 or after October 19.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season
Based on growing degree days alone, the first spring blooms in Council should appear around April 30, only rarely appearing before April 15 or after May 17.
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 3.1 months, from May 17 to August 21, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 6.7 kWh. The brightest day of the year is July 7, with an average of 8.0 kWh.
The darker period of the year lasts for 3.5 months, from October 29 to February 14, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 2.8 kWh. The darkest day of the year is December 16, with an average of 1.5 kWh.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Council are 44.730 deg latitude, -116.438 deg longitude, and 3,107 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Council contains very significant variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 1,407 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 3,131 feet. Within 10 miles contains very significant variations in elevation (5,390 feet). Within 50 miles also contains extreme variations in elevation (8,327 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Council is covered by shrubs (40%), grassland (34%), and cropland (24%), within 10 miles by shrubs (61%) and trees (15%), and within 50 miles by shrubs (45%) and trees (27%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Council, 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 Council.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Council 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 Council is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Council and a given station.
The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: McCall Airport (49%, 32 kilometers, northeast); Ontario Municipal Airport (28%, 91 kilometers, southwest); and Baker Municipal Airport (23%, 109 kilometers, west).
Time zones for aiports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .