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Climate and Average Weather Year Round in Poughkeepsie New York, United States

In Poughkeepsie, the summers are warm and wet, the winters are freezing and snowy, and it is partly cloudy year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 18°F to 84°F and is rarely below 1°F or above 92°F.

Based on the tourism score, the best time of year to visit Poughkeepsie for warm-weather activities is from mid June to mid September.

Climate in Poughkeepsie

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Poughkeepsie weather by month. Click on each chart for more information.

The warm season lasts for 3.6 months, from May 28 to September 15, with an average daily high temperature above 74°F. The hottest month of the year in Poughkeepsie is July, with an average high of 84°F and low of 63°F.

The cold season lasts for 3.4 months, from November 30 to March 9, with an average daily high temperature below 45°F. The coldest month of the year in Poughkeepsie is January, with an average low of 19°F and high of 35°F.

Average High and Low Temperature in Poughkeepsie

Average High and Low Temperature in PoughkeepsiewarmcoldcoldJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0°F0°F10°F10°F20°F20°F30°F30°F40°F40°F50°F50°F60°F60°F70°F70°F80°F80°F90°F90°F100°F100°FJan 2935°FJan 2935°FJul 2084°FJul 2084°F18°F18°F63°F63°FMay 2874°FMay 2874°FSep 1574°FSep 1574°FNov 3045°FNov 3045°FMar 945°FMar 945°F52°F52°F54°F54°F29°F29°F26°F26°FNowNow
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.
AverageJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
High 35°F38°F48°F61°F71°F79°F84°F81°F74°F62°F51°F40°F
Temp. 26°F29°F37°F49°F60°F68°F73°F71°F63°F51°F42°F32°F
Low 19°F21°F29°F39°F49°F58°F63°F61°F53°F42°F33°F25°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.

Average Hourly Temperature in Poughkeepsie

Average Hourly Temperature in PoughkeepsieJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec12 AM12 AM2 AM2 AM4 AM4 AM6 AM6 AM8 AM8 AM10 AM10 AM12 PM12 PM2 PM2 PM4 PM4 PM6 PM6 PM8 PM8 PM10 PM10 PM12 AM12 AMNowNowfreezingfreezingvery coldvery coldcoldcoldcoolcomfortablecomfortablewarmfreezingfreezing
frigid 15°F freezing 32°F very cold 45°F cold 55°F cool 65°F comfortable 75°F warm 85°F hot 95°F sweltering
The average hourly temperature, color coded into bands. The shaded overlays indicate night and civil twilight.

Mineralnye Vody, Russia (5,344 miles away) and Dzorastan, Armenia (5,710 miles) are the far-away foreign places with temperatures most similar to Poughkeepsie (view comparison).

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In Poughkeepsie, the average percentage of the sky covered by clouds experiences mild seasonal variation over the course of the year.

The clearer part of the year in Poughkeepsie begins around June 24 and lasts for 4.4 months, ending around November 6.

The clearest month of the year in Poughkeepsie is September, during which on average the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 64% of the time.

The cloudier part of the year begins around November 6 and lasts for 7.6 months, ending around June 24.

The cloudiest month of the year in Poughkeepsie is February, during which on average the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 53% of the time.

Cloud Cover Categories in Poughkeepsie

Cloud Cover Categories in PoughkeepsieclearercloudiercloudierJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%Sep 165%Sep 165%Feb 2446%Feb 2446%Jun 2456%Jun 2456%Nov 656%Nov 656%NowNowclearmostly clearpartly cloudymostly cloudyovercast
0% clear 20% mostly clear 40% partly cloudy 60% mostly cloudy 80% overcast 100%
The percentage of time spent in each cloud cover band, categorized by the percentage of the sky covered by clouds.
FractionJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Cloudier 52%53%52%51%51%47%40%37%36%39%47%52%
Clearer 48%47%48%49%49%53%60%63%64%61%53%48%

A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. The chance of wet days in Poughkeepsie varies throughout the year.

The wetter season lasts 4.5 months, from April 9 to August 24, with a greater than 30% chance of a given day being a wet day. The month with the most wet days in Poughkeepsie is June, with an average of 11.0 days with at least 0.04 inches of precipitation.

The drier season lasts 7.5 months, from August 24 to April 9. The month with the fewest wet days in Poughkeepsie is January, with an average of 7.3 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 Poughkeepsie is June, with an average of 11.0 days. Based on this categorization, the most common form of precipitation throughout the year is rain alone, with a peak probability of 38% on May 30.

Daily Chance of Precipitation in Poughkeepsie

Daily Chance of Precipitation in PoughkeepsiewetdrydryJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%0%10%10%20%20%30%30%40%40%50%50%60%60%70%70%80%80%90%90%100%100%May 3038%May 3038%Jan 2922%Jan 2922%Apr 930%Apr 930%Aug 2430%Aug 2430%NowNowsnowrainmixed
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).
Days ofJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Rain 2.7d3.3d5.9d8.2d10.4d11.0d11.1d10.1d8.5d7.7d5.9d4.6d
Mixed 2.2d1.7d1.5d0.4d0.0d0.0d0.0d0.0d0.0d0.2d1.1d1.8d
Snow 2.4d1.9d0.9d0.1d0.0d0.0d0.0d0.0d0.0d0.0d0.2d1.7d
Any 7.3d6.9d8.3d8.7d10.4d11.0d11.1d10.1d8.5d7.9d7.3d8.1d

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. Poughkeepsie experiences significant seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.

Rain falls throughout the year in Poughkeepsie. The month with the most rain in Poughkeepsie is September, with an average rainfall of 3.8 inches.

The month with the least rain in Poughkeepsie is January, with an average rainfall of 1.6 inches.

Average Monthly Rainfall in Poughkeepsie

Average Monthly Rainfall in PoughkeepsieJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 in0 in2 in2 in4 in4 in6 in6 in8 in8 in10 in10 in12 in12 inSep 294.0 inSep 294.0 inJan 241.5 inJan 241.5 inJun 54.0 inJun 54.0 inJul 243.7 inJul 243.7 inNowNow
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 snowfall.
JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Rainfall 1.6″1.7″2.7″3.4″3.6″3.8″3.6″3.6″3.8″3.7″3.2″2.4″

Snowfall

As with rainfall, we consider the snowfall accumulated over a sliding 31-day period centered around each day of the year. Poughkeepsie experiences extreme seasonal variation in monthly snowfall.

The snowy period of the year lasts for 5.3 months, from November 2 to April 12, with a sliding 31-day snowfall of at least 1.0 inches. The month with the most snow in Poughkeepsie is January, with an average snowfall of 10.8 inches.

The snowless period of the year lasts for 6.7 months, from April 12 to November 2. The least snow falls around July 16, with an average total accumulation of 0.0 inches.

Average Monthly Snowfall in Poughkeepsie

Average Monthly Snowfall in PoughkeepsiesnowsnowJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 in0 in5 in5 in10 in10 in15 in15 in20 in20 in25 in25 inJan 2611.2 inJan 2611.2 inJul 160.0 inJul 160.0 inNov 21.0 inNov 21.0 inApr 121.0 inApr 121.0 inNowNow
The average 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.
JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Snowfall 10.8″10.3″5.2″0.8″0.0″0.0″0.0″0.0″0.0″0.2″2.4″8.6″

The length of the day in Poughkeepsie varies significantly over the course of the year. In 2024, the shortest day is December 21, with 9 hours, 9 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 20, with 15 hours, 13 minutes of daylight.

Hours of Daylight and Twilight in Poughkeepsie

Hours of Daylight and Twilight in PoughkeepsieJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 hr24 hr4 hr20 hr8 hr16 hr12 hr12 hr16 hr8 hr20 hr4 hr24 hr0 hr12 hr, 8 minMar 1912 hr, 8 minMar 1915 hr, 13 minJun 2015 hr, 13 minJun 2012 hr, 11 minSep 2212 hr, 11 minSep 229 hr, 9 minDec 219 hr, 9 minDec 21nightnightdayNowNow
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.
Hours ofJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Daylight 9.5h10.6h12.0h13.4h14.6h15.2h14.8h13.8h12.4h11.0h9.8h9.2h

The earliest sunrise is at 5:20 AM on June 14, and the latest sunrise is 2 hours, 9 minutes later at 7:29 AM on November 2. The earliest sunset is at 4:25 PM on December 7, and the latest sunset is 4 hours, 9 minutes later at 8:34 PM on June 26.

Daylight saving time (DST) is observed in Poughkeepsie during 2024, 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 in Poughkeepsie

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time in PoughkeepsieJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec12 AM2 AM4 AM6 AM8 AM10 AM12 PM2 PM4 PM6 PM8 PM10 PM12 AMJun 145:20 AMJun 145:20 AM8:34 PMJun 268:34 PMJun 26Dec 74:25 PMDec 74:25 PM7:29 AMNov 27:29 AMNov 2Mar 10DSTMar 10DSTDSTNov 3DSTNov 3daynightnightnightnightSolarMidnightSolarMidnightSolarNoonSunriseSunsetNowNow
The solar day over the course of the year 2024. 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.

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.

Solar Elevation and Azimuth in Poughkeepsie

Solar Elevation and Azimuth in PoughkeepsieJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec12 AM12 AM2 AM2 AM4 AM4 AM6 AM6 AM8 AM8 AM10 AM10 AM12 PM12 PM2 PM2 PM4 PM4 PM6 PM6 PM8 PM8 PM10 PM10 PM12 AM12 AM0001010101020202030303040405050606000010101020202020303040405050602572NowNow
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Solar elevation and azimuth over the course of the year 2024. The black lines are lines of constant solar elevation (the angle of the sun above the horizon, in degrees). The background color fills indicate the azimuth (the compass bearing) of the sun. The lightly tinted areas at the boundaries of the cardinal compass points indicate the implied intermediate directions (northeast, southeast, southwest, and northwest).

The figure below presents a compact representation of key lunar data for 2024. 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.

Moon Rise, Set & Phases in Poughkeepsie

The time in which the moon is above the horizon (light blue area), with new moons (dark gray lines) and full moons (blue lines) indicated. The shaded overlays indicate night and civil twilight.

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.

Poughkeepsie experiences significant seasonal variation in the perceived humidity.

The muggier period of the year lasts for 3.6 months, from June 1 to September 21, during which time the comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable at least 10% of the time. The month with the most muggy days in Poughkeepsie is July, with 11.7 days that are muggy or worse.

The least muggy day of the year is February 16, when muggy conditions are essentially unheard of.

Humidity Comfort Levels in Poughkeepsie

Humidity Comfort Levels in PoughkeepsiemuggyJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%0%10%10%20%20%30%30%40%40%50%50%60%60%70%70%80%80%90%90%100%100%Feb 160%Feb 160%Jul 2942%Jul 2942%Jun 110%Jun 110%Sep 2110%Sep 2110%NowNowoppressiveoppressivemuggymuggydrydrycomfortablecomfortable
dry 55°F comfortable 60°F humid 65°F muggy 70°F oppressive 75°F miserable
The percentage of time spent at various humidity comfort levels, categorized by dew point.
JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Muggy days 0.0d0.0d0.0d0.0d1.1d5.9d11.7d10.0d4.0d0.6d0.0d0.0d

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 Poughkeepsie experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.

The windier part of the year lasts for 5.1 months, from November 18 to April 22, with average wind speeds of more than 5.0 miles per hour. The windiest month of the year in Poughkeepsie is February, with an average hourly wind speed of 6.5 miles per hour.

The calmer time of year lasts for 6.9 months, from April 22 to November 18. The calmest month of the year in Poughkeepsie is August, with an average hourly wind speed of 3.5 miles per hour.

Average Wind Speed in Poughkeepsie

Average Wind Speed in PoughkeepsiewindywindyJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 mph0 mph1 mph1 mph2 mph2 mph3 mph3 mph4 mph4 mph5 mph5 mph6 mph6 mph7 mph7 mph8 mph8 mph9 mph9 mph10 mph10 mph11 mph11 mphFeb 266.6 mphFeb 266.6 mphJul 313.4 mphJul 313.4 mphNov 185.0 mphNov 185.0 mphApr 225.0 mphApr 225.0 mphNowNow
The average of mean hourly wind speeds (dark gray line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.
JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Wind Speed (mph) 6.16.56.25.24.33.73.53.53.94.44.95.4

The predominant average hourly wind direction in Poughkeepsie varies throughout the year.

The wind is most often from the north for 2.2 months, from March 4 to May 11; for 1.0 months, from August 16 to September 17; and for 1.1 weeks, from September 23 to October 1, with a peak percentage of 36% on March 10. The wind is most often from the south for 1.7 weeks, from May 11 to May 23; for 6.0 days, from September 17 to September 23; and for 3.0 days, from October 1 to October 4, with a peak percentage of 31% on May 21. The wind is most often from the west for 2.8 months, from May 23 to August 16 and for 5.0 months, from October 4 to March 4, with a peak percentage of 40% on July 6.

Wind Direction in Poughkeepsie

Wind Direction in PoughkeepsieWNSWNWJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%20%80%40%60%60%40%80%20%100%0%NowNowwestsouthnortheast
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The percentage of hours in which the mean wind direction is from each of the four cardinal wind directions, excluding hours in which the mean wind speed is less than 1.0 mph. The lightly tinted areas at the boundaries are the percentage of hours spent in the implied intermediate directions (northeast, southeast, southwest, and northwest).

Poughkeepsie 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 significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.

The time of year with warmer water lasts for 3.6 months, from June 22 to October 10, with an average temperature above 65°F. The month of the year in Poughkeepsie with the warmest water is August, with an average temperature of 72°F.

The time of year with cooler water lasts for 3.4 months, from December 30 to April 11, with an average temperature below 43°F. The month of the year in Poughkeepsie with the coolest water is February, with an average temperature of 36°F.

Average Water Temperature in Poughkeepsie

Average Water Temperature in PoughkeepsiewarmcoolJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec30°F30°F40°F40°F50°F50°F60°F60°F70°F70°F80°F80°FAug 1072°FAug 1072°F36°FFeb 2136°FFeb 21Jun 2265°FJun 2265°FOct 1065°FOct 1065°FDec 3043°FDec 3043°FApr 1143°FApr 1143°FNowNow
The daily average water temperature (purple line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.
WaterJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Temperature 40°F36°F38°F44°F53°F63°F70°F72°F69°F63°F54°F46°F

To characterize how pleasant the weather is in Poughkeepsie 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 Poughkeepsie for general outdoor tourist activities is from mid June to mid September, with a peak score in the last week of August.

Tourism Score in Poughkeepsie

Tourism Score in Poughkeepsiebest timeJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec002244668810106.46.40.10.1NowNowtemperaturetemperaturecloudscloudsprecipitationprecipitationtourism score
The tourism score (filled area), and its constituents: the temperature score (red line), the cloud cover score (blue line), and the precipitation score (green line).

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 Poughkeepsie for hot-weather activities is from late June to mid August, with a peak score in the last week of July.

Beach/Pool Score in Poughkeepsie

Beach/Pool Score in Poughkeepsiebest timeJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec002244668810105.45.40.00.0NowNowtemperaturetemperature cloudscloudsprecipitationprecipitationbeach/pool score
The beach/pool score (filled area), and its constituents: the temperature score (red line), the cloud cover score (blue line), and the precipitation score (green line).

Methodology

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 Poughkeepsie typically lasts for 5.5 months (165 days), from around April 30 to around October 12, rarely starting before April 12 or after May 20, and rarely ending before September 24 or after November 1.

Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in Poughkeepsie

Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in Poughkeepsiegrowing seasonJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%Apr 3050%Apr 3050%Oct 1250%Oct 1250%May 2090%May 2090%Sep 2490%Sep 2490%Apr 1210%Apr 1210%Nov 110%Nov 110%0%Feb 130%Feb 13Jul 22100%Jul 22100%NowNowfrigidfreezingvery coldcoolcomfortablewarmcoldhot
frigid 15°F freezing 32°F very cold 45°F cold 55°F cool 65°F comfortable 75°F warm 85°F hot 95°F sweltering
The percentage of time spent in various temperature bands. The black line is the percentage chance that a given day is within the growing season.

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 Poughkeepsie should appear around April 15, only rarely appearing before March 30 or after April 27.

Growing Degree Days in Poughkeepsie

Growing Degree Days in PoughkeepsieJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0°F0°F500°F500°F1,000°F1,000°F1,500°F1,500°F2,000°F2,000°F2,500°F2,500°F3,000°F3,000°FApr 1589°FApr 1589°FJun 23900°FJun 23900°FAug 31,800°FAug 31,800°FDec 313,022°FDec 313,022°FNowNow
The average growing degree days accumulated over the course of the year, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

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 3.7 months, from April 30 to August 20, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 5.8 kWh. The brightest month of the year in Poughkeepsie is June, with an average of 6.7 kWh.

The darker period of the year lasts for 3.2 months, from November 2 to February 10, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 2.7 kWh. The darkest month of the year in Poughkeepsie is December, with an average of 1.7 kWh.

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in Poughkeepsie

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in PoughkeepsiebrightdarkdarkJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 kWh0 kWh1 kWh1 kWh2 kWh2 kWh3 kWh3 kWh4 kWh4 kWh5 kWh5 kWh6 kWh6 kWh7 kWh7 kWh8 kWh8 kWh9 kWh9 kWhJun 296.9 kWhJun 296.9 kWhDec 191.7 kWhDec 191.7 kWhApr 305.8 kWhApr 305.8 kWhAug 205.8 kWhAug 205.8 kWhNov 22.7 kWhNov 22.7 kWhFeb 102.7 kWhFeb 102.7 kWhNowNow
The average daily shortwave solar energy reaching the ground per square meter (orange line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.
JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Solar Energy (kWh) 2.02.94.15.36.26.76.65.94.93.52.31.7

For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Poughkeepsie are 41.700 deg latitude, -73.921 deg longitude, and 197 ft elevation.

The topography within 2 miles of Poughkeepsie contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 466 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 152 feet. Within 10 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (1,099 feet). Within 50 miles contains very significant variations in elevation (4,160 feet).

The area within 2 miles of Poughkeepsie is covered by artificial surfaces (76%) and water (18%), within 10 miles by trees (69%) and artificial surfaces (14%), and within 50 miles by trees (81%).

This report illustrates the typical weather in Poughkeepsie, 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 2 weather stations near enough to contribute to our estimation of the temperature and dew point in Poughkeepsie.

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

Other 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 .

Maps are © OpenStreetMap contributors.

Disclaimer

The information on this site is provided as is, without any assurances as to its accuracy or suitability for any purpose. Weather data is prone to errors, outages, and other defects. We assume no responsibility for any decisions made on the basis of the content presented on this site.

We draw particular cautious attention to our reliance on the MERRA-2 model-based reconstructions for a number of important data series. While having the tremendous advantages of temporal and spatial completeness, these reconstructions: (1) are based on computer models that may have model-based errors, (2) are coarsely sampled on a 50 km grid and are therefore unable to reconstruct the local variations of many microclimates, and (3) have particular difficulty with the weather in some coastal areas, especially small islands.

We further caution that our travel scores are only as good as the data that underpin them, that weather conditions at any given location and time are unpredictable and variable, and that the definition of the scores reflects a particular set of preferences that may not agree with those of any particular reader.

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