Climate and Average Weather Year Round in Emerald Isle North Carolina, United States
In Emerald Isle, the summers are long, warm, and oppressive; the winters are cold and windy; and it is wet and partly cloudy year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 38°F to 86°F and is rarely below 26°F or above 91°F.
Based on the tourism score, the best times of year to visit Emerald Isle for warm-weather activities are from late April to early June and from mid September to late October.
Average Temperature in Emerald Isle
The hot season lasts for 3.9 months, from May 29 to September 25, with an average daily high temperature above 80°F. The hottest month of the year in Emerald Isle is July, with an average high of 86°F and low of 75°F.
The cool season lasts for 3.2 months, from December 5 to March 11, with an average daily high temperature below 61°F. The coldest month of the year in Emerald Isle is January, with an average low of 39°F and high of 56°F.
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.
Çırtıman, Turkey (5,912 miles away); Bābol, Iran (6,553 miles); and Miyazaki, Japan (7,489 miles) are the far-away foreign places with temperatures most similar to Emerald Isle (view comparison).
In Emerald Isle, 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 Emerald Isle begins around September 14 and lasts for 2.9 months, ending around December 10.
The clearest month of the year in Emerald Isle is October, during which on average the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 63% of the time.
The cloudier part of the year begins around December 10 and lasts for 9.1 months, ending around September 14.
The cloudiest month of the year in Emerald Isle is July, during which on average the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 56% of the time.
A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. The chance of wet days in Emerald Isle varies significantly throughout the year.
The wetter season lasts 3.4 months, from June 6 to September 18, with a greater than 36% chance of a given day being a wet day. The month with the most wet days in Emerald Isle is July, with an average of 14.8 days with at least 0.04 inches of precipitation.
The drier season lasts 8.6 months, from September 18 to June 6. The month with the fewest wet days in Emerald Isle is November, with an average of 7.1 days with at least 0.04 inches of precipitation.
Among wet days, we distinguish between those that experience rain alone, snow alone, or a mixture of the two. The month with the most days of rain alone in Emerald Isle is July, with an average of 14.8 days. Based on this categorization, the most common form of precipitation throughout the year is rain alone, with a peak probability of 51% on July 25.
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. Emerald Isle experiences significant seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.
Rain falls throughout the year in Emerald Isle. The month with the most rain in Emerald Isle is August, with an average rainfall of 6.1 inches.
The month with the least rain in Emerald Isle is April, with an average rainfall of 3.2 inches.
The length of the day in Emerald Isle varies significantly over the course of the year. In 2023, the shortest day is December 21, with 9 hours, 50 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 21, with 14 hours, 29 minutes of daylight.
The earliest sunrise is at 5:54 AM on June 13, and the latest sunrise is 1 hour, 37 minutes later at 7:30 AM on November 4. The earliest sunset is at 4:56 PM on December 5, and the latest sunset is 3 hours, 28 minutes later at 8:24 PM on June 29.
Daylight saving time (DST) is observed in Emerald Isle during 2023, starting in the spring on March 12, lasting 7.8 months, and ending in the fall on November 5.
The figure below presents a compact representation of the sun's elevation (the angle of the sun above the horizon) and azimuth (its compass bearing) for every hour of every day in the reporting period. The horizontal axis is the day of the year and the vertical axis is the hour of the day. For a given day and hour of that day, the background color indicates the azimuth of the sun at that moment. The black isolines are contours of constant solar elevation.
The figure below presents a compact representation of key lunar data for 2023. The horizontal axis is the day, the vertical axis is the hour of the day, and the colored areas indicate when the moon is above the horizon. The vertical gray bars (new Moons) and blue bars (full Moons) indicate key Moon phases.
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.
Emerald Isle experiences extreme seasonal variation in the perceived humidity.
The muggier period of the year lasts for 5.4 months, from May 6 to October 18, during which time the comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable at least 24% of the time. The month with the most muggy days in Emerald Isle is July, with 28.7 days that are muggy or worse.
The month with the fewest muggy days in Emerald Isle is February, with 0.1 days that are muggy or worse.
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 Emerald Isle experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The windier part of the year lasts for 6.4 months, from October 28 to May 8, with average wind speeds of more than 11.2 miles per hour. The windiest month of the year in Emerald Isle is February, with an average hourly wind speed of 13.1 miles per hour.
The calmer time of year lasts for 5.6 months, from May 8 to October 28. The calmest month of the year in Emerald Isle is August, with an average hourly wind speed of 9.4 miles per hour.
The predominant average hourly wind direction in Emerald Isle varies throughout the year.
The wind is most often from the south for 5.0 months, from March 27 to August 28, with a peak percentage of 45% on July 10. The wind is most often from the east for 2.6 weeks, from August 28 to September 15, with a peak percentage of 32% on September 7. The wind is most often from the north for 6.4 months, from September 15 to March 27, with a peak percentage of 41% on January 1.
Emerald Isle is located near a large body of water (e.g., ocean, sea, or large lake). This section reports on the wide-area average surface temperature of that water.
The average water temperature experiences some seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The time of year with warmer water lasts for 3.2 months, from June 19 to September 26, with an average temperature above 78°F. The month of the year in Emerald Isle with the warmest water is August, with an average temperature of 81°F.
The time of year with cooler water lasts for 4.2 months, from December 16 to April 22, with an average temperature below 66°F. The month of the year in Emerald Isle with the coolest water is February, with an average temperature of 63°F.
Best Time of Year to Visit
To characterize how pleasant the weather is in Emerald Isle 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 times of year to visit Emerald Isle for general outdoor tourist activities are from late April to early June and from mid September to late October, with a peak score in the second week of May.
Tourism Score in Emerald Isle
The beach/pool score favors clear, rainless days with perceived temperatures between 75°F and 90°F. Based on this score, the best times of year to visit Emerald Isle for hot-weather activities are from late May to late July and from late July to late September, with a peak score in the last week of June.
Beach/Pool Score in Emerald Isle
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.
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 Emerald Isle typically lasts for 8.8 months (267 days), from around March 10 to around December 2, rarely starting before February 13 or after March 31, and rarely ending before November 12 or after December 23.
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 Emerald Isle should appear around January 30, only rarely appearing before January 17 or after February 21.
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 3.0 months, from April 9 to July 10, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 5.8 kWh. The brightest month of the year in Emerald Isle is May, with an average of 6.6 kWh.
The darker period of the year lasts for 2.9 months, from November 11 to February 6, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 3.3 kWh. The darkest month of the year in Emerald Isle is December, with an average of 2.6 kWh.
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Emerald Isle are 34.678 deg latitude, -76.951 deg longitude, and 3 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Emerald Isle is essentially flat, with a maximum elevation change of 26 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 1 feet. Within 10 miles is also essentially flat (62 feet). Within 50 miles is essentially flat (148 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Emerald Isle is covered by water (98%), within 10 miles by water (60%) and trees (17%), and within 50 miles by water (56%) and trees (22%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Emerald Isle, 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 Emerald Isle.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Emerald Isle 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 Emerald Isle is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Emerald Isle and a given station.
The stations contributing to this reconstruction are:
To get a sense of how much these sources agree with each other, you can view a comparison of Emerald Isle and the stations that contribute to our estimates of its temperature history and climate. Please note that each source's contribution is adjusted for elevation and the relative change present in the MERRA-2 data.
All data relating to the Sun's position (e.g., sunrise and sunset) are computed using astronomical formulas from the book, Astronomical Algorithms 2nd Edition , 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 airports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .
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