Average Weather in High Prairie Canada
In High Prairie, 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 -1°F to 75°F and is rarely below -27°F or above 84°F.
Based on the tourism score, the best time of year to visit High Prairie for warm-weather activities is from early July to mid August.
The warm season lasts for 4.0 months, from May 15 to September 14, with an average daily high temperature above 63°F. The hottest day of the year is July 25, with an average high of 75°F and low of 51°F.
The cold season lasts for 3.2 months, from November 19 to February 27, with an average daily high temperature below 29°F. The coldest day of the year is January 1, with an average low of -1°F and high of 17°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 High Prairie, 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 High Prairie begins around May 11 and lasts for 5.0 months, ending around October 10. On August 4, 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 10 and lasts for 7.0 months, ending around May 11. On February 20, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 70% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 30% 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 High Prairie varies throughout the year.
The wetter season lasts 3.6 months, from May 18 to September 7, with a greater than 21% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 33% on June 25.
The drier season lasts 8.4 months, from September 7 to May 18. 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 High Prairie changes throughout the year.
Rain alone is the most common for 7.3 months, from March 26 to November 4. The highest chance of a day with rain alone is 33% on June 25.
Snow alone is the most common for 4.7 months, from November 4 to March 26. The highest chance of a day with snow alone is 12% on November 30.
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. High Prairie experiences significant seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.
The rainy period of the year lasts for 6.6 months, from April 9 to October 28, 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 3.0 inches.
The rainless period of the year lasts for 5.4 months, from October 28 to April 9. The least rain falls around February 18, with an average total accumulation of 0.1 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. High Prairie experiences some seasonal variation in monthly liquid-equivalent snowfall.
The snowy period of the year lasts for 6.6 months, from October 7 to April 25, 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 13, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 0.5 inches.
The snowless period of the year lasts for 5.5 months, from April 25 to October 7. The least snow falls around July 21, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 0.0 inches.
Average Liquid-Equivalent Monthly Snowfall
The length of the day in High Prairie varies extremely over the course of the year. In 2017, the shortest day is December 21, with 7 hours, 4 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 20, with 17 hours, 29 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight
The earliest sunrise is at 5:02 AM on June 17, and the latest sunrise is 4 hours, 11 minutes later at 9:13 AM on December 29. The earliest sunset is at 4:14 PM on December 14, and the latest sunset is 6 hours, 18 minutes later at 10:32 PM on June 23.
Daylight saving time (DST) is observed in High Prairie 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
The perceived humidity level in High Prairie, 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
The average hourly wind speed in High Prairie experiences mild seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The windier part of the year lasts for 7.8 months, from September 23 to May 18, with average wind speeds of more than 6.5 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is March 23, with an average hourly wind speed of 7.2 miles per hour.
The calmer time of year lasts for 4.2 months, from May 18 to September 23. The calmest day of the year is August 1, with an average hourly wind speed of 5.7 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed
The predominant average hourly wind direction in High Prairie is from the west throughout the year.
Best Time of Year to Visit
To characterize how pleasant the weather is in High Prairie 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 High Prairie 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 High Prairie 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 High Prairie typically lasts for 3.6 months (110 days), from around May 22 to around September 9, rarely starting before May 4 or after June 9, and rarely ending before August 20 or after September 27.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season
Based on growing degree days alone, the first spring blooms in High Prairie should appear around May 13, only rarely appearing before May 2 or after May 25.
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 April 28 to August 18, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 5.1 kWh. The brightest day of the year is July 6, with an average of 6.3 kWh.
The darker period of the year lasts for 3.8 months, from October 23 to February 17, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 1.7 kWh. The darkest day of the year is December 20, with an average of 0.5 kWh.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of High Prairie are 55.433 deg latitude, -116.486 deg longitude, and 1,949 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of High Prairie is essentially flat, with a maximum elevation change of 49 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 1,953 feet. Within 10 miles is essentially flat (279 feet). Within 50 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (3,238 feet).
The area within 2 miles of High Prairie is covered by cropland (88%), within 10 miles by cropland (57%) and trees (32%), and within 50 miles by trees (63%) and cropland (21%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in High Prairie, 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 High Prairie.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and High Prairie 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 High Prairie is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between High Prairie and a given station.
The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: High Prairie AGDM (97%, 5.7 kilometers, south); Eaglesham Agcm (1.4%, 97 kilometers, northwest); Peace River Airport (1.2%, 107 kilometers, northwest); and Red Earth (0.8%, 144 kilometers, northeast).
Time zones for aiports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .