Average Weather in Lehighton Pennsylvania, United States
In Lehighton, the summers are warm and wet, the winters are freezing, and it is partly cloudy year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 21°F to 83°F and is rarely below 7°F or above 90°F.
Based on the tourism score, the best time of year to visit Lehighton for warm-weather activities is from mid June to mid September.
The warm season lasts for 3.7 months, from May 27 to September 16, with an average daily high temperature above 73°F. The hottest day of the year is July 20, with an average high of 83°F and low of 65°F.
The cold season lasts for 3.2 months, from December 1 to March 7, with an average daily high temperature below 44°F. The coldest day of the year is January 29, with an average low of 21°F and high of 35°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 Lehighton, 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 Lehighton begins around June 20 and lasts for 4.7 months, ending around November 10. On August 29, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 64% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 36% of the time.
The cloudier part of the year begins around November 10 and lasts for 7.3 months, ending around June 20. On January 11, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 57% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 43% 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 Lehighton varies throughout the year.
The wetter season lasts 4.5 months, from April 10 to August 24, with a greater than 30% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 40% on June 15.
The drier season lasts 7.5 months, from August 24 to April 10. 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 40% on June 15.
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. Lehighton experiences significant seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.
Rain falls throughout the year in Lehighton. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around September 27, with an average total accumulation of 3.9 inches.
The least rain falls around February 8, with an average total accumulation of 1.6 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. Lehighton experiences some seasonal variation in monthly liquid-equivalent snowfall.
The snowy period of the year lasts for 5.0 months, from November 9 to April 10, 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 27, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 0.9 inches.
The snowless period of the year lasts for 7.0 months, from April 10 to November 9. 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 Lehighton varies significantly over the course of the year. In 2019, the shortest day is December 21, with 9 hours, 14 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 21, with 15 hours, 7 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight
The earliest sunrise is at 5:30 AM on June 15, and the latest sunrise is 2 hours, 4 minutes later at 7:34 AM on November 2. The earliest sunset is at 4:34 PM on December 8, and the latest sunset is 4 hours, 4 minutes later at 8:38 PM on June 27.
Daylight saving time (DST) is observed in Lehighton during 2019, starting in the spring on March 10, lasting 7.8 months, and ending in the fall on November 3.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time
Lehighton experiences significant seasonal variation in the perceived humidity.
The muggier period of the year lasts for 3.6 months, from June 2 to September 21, during which time the comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable at least 10% of the time. The muggiest day of the year is July 29, with muggy conditions 41% of the time.
The least muggy day of the year is February 20, 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 Lehighton experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The windier part of the year lasts for 5.4 months, from November 17 to April 28, with average wind speeds of more than 5.2 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is February 26, with an average hourly wind speed of 6.9 miles per hour.
The calmer time of year lasts for 6.6 months, from April 28 to November 17. The calmest day of the year is August 1, with an average hourly wind speed of 3.5 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed
The predominant average hourly wind direction in Lehighton varies throughout the year.
The wind is most often from the south for 1.8 months, from August 11 to October 5, with a peak percentage of 32% on August 16. The wind is most often from the west for 10 months, from October 5 to August 11, with a peak percentage of 45% on January 1.
Best Time of Year to Visit
To characterize how pleasant the weather is in Lehighton 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 Lehighton for general outdoor tourist activities is from mid June to mid September, with a peak score in the second week of August.
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 Lehighton for hot-weather activities is from early July to mid 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 Lehighton typically lasts for 6.2 months (189 days), from around April 16 to around October 22, rarely starting before March 31 or after May 3, and rarely ending before October 3 or after November 9.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season
Based on growing degree days alone, the first spring blooms in Lehighton should appear around April 14, only rarely appearing before March 29 or after April 26.
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 22, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 5.8 kWh. The brightest day of the year is June 29, with an average of 6.9 kWh.
The darker period of the year lasts for 3.2 months, from November 5 to February 11, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 2.7 kWh. The darkest day of the year is December 23, with an average of 1.7 kWh.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Lehighton are 40.834 deg latitude, -75.714 deg longitude, and 732 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Lehighton contains very significant variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 843 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 674 feet. Within 10 miles also contains very significant variations in elevation (1,467 feet). Within 50 miles contains very significant variations in elevation (2,418 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Lehighton is covered by trees (51%), artificial surfaces (31%), and cropland (18%), within 10 miles by trees (67%) and cropland (22%), and within 50 miles by trees (64%) and cropland (25%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Lehighton, 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 5 weather stations near enough to contribute to our estimation of the temperature and dew point in Lehighton.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Lehighton 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 Lehighton is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Lehighton and a given station.
The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Lehigh Valley International Airport (41%, 30 kilometers, southeast); Pocono Mountains Municipal Airport (17%, 44 kilometers, northeast); Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport (18%, 56 kilometers, north); Reading Municipal Airport (17%, 56 kilometers, south); and Penn Valley Airport (8%, 97 kilometers, west).
Time zones for aiports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .