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Average Weather in Coeur d'Alene Idaho, United States

In Coeur d'Alene, the summers are short, warm, dry, and mostly clear and the winters are chilly and mostly cloudy. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 24°F to 86°F and is rarely below 9°F or above 95°F.

The hot season lasts for 2.7 months, from June 20 to September 12, with an average daily high temperature above 75°F. The hottest day of the year is August 3, with an average high of 86°F and low of 56°F.

The cold season lasts for 3.5 months, from November 12 to February 27, with an average daily high temperature below 44°F. The coldest day of the year is January 1, with an average low of 24°F and high of 34°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 Coeur d'Alene12 AM4 AM8 AM12 PM4 PM8 PM12 AMJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecfreezingfreezingchillychillycoldcoldcoolcoolcomfortablecomfortablewarmwarm
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.

Clouds

In Coeur d'Alene, the average percentage of the sky covered by clouds experiences extreme seasonal variation over the course of the year.

The clearer part of the year in Coeur d'Alene begins around June 9 and lasts for 4.0 months, ending around October 10. On August 1, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 79% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 21% of the time.

The cloudier part of the year begins around October 10 and lasts for 8.0 months, ending around June 9. On January 10, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 75% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 25% of the time.

Cloud Cover

Cloud Cover in Coeur d'Aleneclearerclearercloudiercloudiercloudiercloudier0%10%20%30%40%50%60%70%80%90%100%JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecJan 1075%Jan 1075%Aug 121%Aug 121%Jun 948%Jun 948%Oct 1048%Oct 1048%overcastovercastmostly cloudymostly cloudymostly clearmostly clearclearclear
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 Coeur d'Alene varies significantly throughout the year.

The wetter season lasts 7.8 months, from October 19 to June 13, with a greater than 26% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 42% on December 1.

The drier season lasts 4.2 months, from June 13 to October 19. The smallest chance of a wet day is 9% on August 3.

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 37% on November 10.

Daily Chance of Precipitation

Daily Chance of Precipitation in Coeur d'Alenewetwetwetwetdrydry0%10%20%30%40%50%60%70%80%90%100%JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecDec 142%Dec 142%Aug 39%Aug 39%Oct 1926%Oct 1926%Jun 1326%Jun 1326%mixedmixedrainrain
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. Coeur d'Alene experiences significant seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.

Rain falls throughout the year in Coeur d'Alene. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around November 20, with an average total accumulation of 3.3 inches.

The least rain falls around August 5, with and average total accumulation of 0.6 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 of the year. Coeur d'Alene experiences some seasonal variation in monthly liquid-equivalent snowfall.

The snowy period of the year lasts for 4.6 months, from November 2 to March 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 December 31, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 0.9 inches.

The snowless period of the year lasts for 7.4 months, from March 21 to November 2. The least snow falls around July 21, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 0.0 inches.

Average Liquid-Equivalent Monthly Snowfall

Average Liquid-Equivalent Monthly Snowfall in Coeur d'Alenesnowsnowsnowsnow0.0 in0.5 in1.0 in1.5 in2.0 in2.5 in3.0 in3.5 inJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecDec 310.9 inDec 310.9 inJul 210.0 inJul 210.0 inNov 20.1 inNov 20.1 inMar 210.1 inMar 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 Coeur d'Alene varies significantly over the course of the year. In 2017, the shortest day is December 21, with 8 hours, 25 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 21, with 15 hours, 60 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 4:48 AM on June 16, and the latest sunrise is 2 hours, 48 minutes later at 7:36 AM on November 4. The earliest sunset is at 3:55 PM on December 11, and the latest sunset is 4 hours, 54 minutes later at 8:49 PM on June 25.

Daylight saving time (DST) is observed in Coeur d'Alene 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 Coeur d'Alene12 AM2 AM4 AM6 AM8 AM10 AM12 PM2 PM4 PM6 PM8 PM10 PM12 AMJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecJun 164:48 AMJun 164:48 AM8:49 PMJun 258:49 PMJun 25Dec 113:55 PMDec 113:55 PM7:36 AMNov 47:36 AMNov 4Mar 12DSTMar 12DSTDSTNov 5DSTNov 5daydaynightnightnightnight
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 Coeur d'Alene, 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 Coeur d'Alene0%10%20%30%40%50%60%70%80%90%100%JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecJan 50%Jan 50%Jul 170%Jul 170%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 Coeur d'Alene does not vary significantly over the course of the year, remaining within 0.2 miles per hour of 2.7 miles per hour throughout.

Average Wind Speed

Average Wind Speed in Coeur d'Alene0.0 mph0.5 mph1.0 mph1.5 mph2.0 mph2.5 mph3.0 mph3.5 mph4.0 mph4.5 mphJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecMar 272.9 mphMar 272.9 mphJul 302.6 mphJul 302.6 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 Coeur d'Alene varies throughout the year.

The wind is most often from the west for 1.6 weeks, from April 30 to May 11 and for 2.8 months, from July 3 to September 26, with a peak percentage of 42% on August 29. The wind is most often from the south for 1.7 months, from May 11 to July 3 and for 7.1 months, from September 26 to April 30, with a peak percentage of 53% on December 1.

Wind Direction

Wind Direction in Coeur d'AleneSSWWSSWWSS0%20%40%60%80%100%JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecwestwestsouthsoutheasteastnorthnorth
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 extreme seasonal variation over the course of the year.

The brighter period of the year lasts for 3.1 months, from May 19 to August 21, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 6.2 kWh. The brightest day of the year is July 15, with an average of 7.5 kWh.

The darker period of the year lasts for 3.8 months, from October 25 to February 20, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 2.3 kWh. The darkest day of the year is December 26, with an average of 1.0 kWh.

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in Coeur d'Alenebrightbrightdarkdarkdarkdark0 kWh1 kWh2 kWh3 kWh4 kWh5 kWh6 kWh7 kWh8 kWh9 kWhJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecJul 157.5 kWhJul 157.5 kWhDec 261.0 kWhDec 261.0 kWhMay 196.2 kWhMay 196.2 kWhAug 216.2 kWhAug 216.2 kWhOct 252.3 kWhOct 252.3 kWhFeb 202.3 kWhFeb 202.3 kWh
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 Coeur d'Alene are 47.678 deg latitude, -116.780 deg longitude, and 2,218 ft elevation.

The topography within 2 miles of Coeur d'Alene contains significant variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 814 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 2,203 feet. Within 10 miles contains significant variations in elevation (2,713 feet). Within 50 miles contains large variations in elevation (5,394 feet).

The area within 2 miles of Coeur d'Alene is covered by artificial surfaces (42%), shrubs (21%), water (17%), and trees (15%), within 10 miles by trees (44%) and shrubs (24%), and within 50 miles by trees (45%) and shrubs (27%).

Data Sources

This report illustrates the typical weather in Coeur d'Alene, 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 Coeur d'Alene.

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

The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Coeur D'Alene Air Terminal (95%, 10 kilometers, north), Mullan Pass, Mullan Pass Vor (1.9%, 89 kilometers, east), and Pullman–Moscow Regional Airport (3.0%, 107 kilometers, south).

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.