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Average Weather in Soda Springs Idaho, United States

In Soda Springs, the summers are warm, dry, and mostly clear and the winters are freezing, snowy, and partly cloudy. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 10°F to 81°F and is rarely below -6°F or above 87°F.

Based on the tourism score, the best time of year to visit Soda Springs for warm-weather activities is from early July to mid August.

Climate Summary

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Temperature

The warm season lasts for 3.2 months, from June 11 to September 17, with an average daily high temperature above 70°F. The hottest day of the year is July 27, with an average high of 81°F and low of 48°F.

The cold season lasts for 3.4 months, from November 22 to March 4, with an average daily high temperature below 37°F. The coldest day of the year is January 27, with an average low of 10°F and high of 26°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 Soda SpringsJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec12 AM4 AM8 AM12 PM4 PM8 PM12 AMfrigidfreezingfreezingvery coldcoldcoolcoolwarmvery coldcomfortablefrigid
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.

Otlukbeli, Turkey (6,466 miles away) is the far-away foreign place with temperatures most similar to Soda Springs (view comparison).

Clouds

In Soda Springs, 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 Soda Springs begins around June 7 and lasts for 4.3 months, ending around October 16. On July 26, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 80% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 20% of the time.

The cloudier part of the year begins around October 16 and lasts for 7.7 months, ending around June 7. On January 17, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 58% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 42% of the time.

Cloud Cover Categories

Cloud Cover Categories in Soda SpringsclearercloudiercloudierJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%Jul 2680%Jul 2680%Jan 1742%Jan 1742%Jun 761%Jun 761%Oct 1661%Oct 1661%clearpartly cloudymostly cloudyovercastmostly clear
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.

Precipitation

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

The wetter season lasts 7.3 months, from November 4 to June 13, with a greater than 19% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 29% on May 23.

The drier season lasts 4.7 months, from June 13 to November 4. The smallest chance of a wet day is 10% on July 5.

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 Soda Springs changes throughout the year.

Rain alone is the most common for 7.9 months, from March 20 to November 16. The highest chance of a day with rain alone is 28% on May 23.

Snow alone is the most common for 3.5 months, from November 16 to March 3. The highest chance of a day with snow alone is 15% on December 28.

Mixed snow and rain is the most common for 2.4 weeks, from March 3 to March 20. The highest chance of a day with mixed snow and rain is 9% on March 16.

Daily Chance of Precipitation

Daily Chance of Precipitation in Soda SpringssnowrainsnowJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%10%20%30%40%50%60%70%80%90%100%May 2329%May 2329%Jul 510%Jul 510%Mar 322%Mar 322%Nov 1622%Nov 1622%Jan 123%Jan 123%snowrainmixed
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. Soda Springs experiences some seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.

The rainy period of the year lasts for 10 months, from February 10 to December 20, with a sliding 31-day rainfall of at least 0.5 inches. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around May 21, with an average total accumulation of 1.8 inches.

The rainless period of the year lasts for 1.6 months, from December 20 to February 10. The least rain falls around January 18, with an average total accumulation of 0.4 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. Soda Springs experiences significant seasonal variation in monthly liquid-equivalent snowfall.

The snowy period of the year lasts for 6.5 months, from October 14 to April 29, 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 4, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 1.1 inches.

The snowless period of the year lasts for 5.5 months, from April 29 to October 14. The least snow falls around July 30, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 0.0 inches.

Average Liquid-Equivalent Monthly Snowfall

Average Liquid-Equivalent Monthly Snowfall in Soda SpringssnowsnowJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0.0 in0.5 in1.0 in1.5 in2.0 in2.5 inJan 41.1 inJan 41.1 inJul 300.0 inJul 300.0 inOct 140.1 inOct 140.1 inApr 290.1 inApr 290.1 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 Soda Springs varies significantly over the course of the year. In 2018, the shortest day is December 21, with 9 hours, 3 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 21, with 15 hours, 19 minutes of daylight.

Hours of Daylight and Twilight

Hours of Daylight and Twilight in Soda SpringsJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 hr24 hr4 hr20 hr8 hr16 hr12 hr12 hr16 hr8 hr20 hr4 hr24 hr0 hr12 hr, 6 minMar 2012 hr, 6 minMar 2015 hr, 19 minJun 2115 hr, 19 minJun 2112 hr, 10 minSep 2212 hr, 10 minSep 229 hr, 3 minDec 219 hr, 3 minDec 21nightnightday
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 5:47 AM on June 14, and the latest sunrise is 2 hours, 15 minutes later at 8:02 AM on November 3. The earliest sunset is at 4:52 PM on December 7, and the latest sunset is 4 hours, 16 minutes later at 9:08 PM on June 26.

Daylight saving time (DST) is observed in Soda Springs during 2018, starting in the spring on March 11, lasting 7.8 months, and ending in the fall on November 4.

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time in Soda SpringsJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec2 AM4 AM6 AM8 AM10 AM12 PM2 PM4 PM6 PM8 PM10 PM12 AMJun 145:47 AMJun 145:47 AM9:08 PMJun 269:08 PMJun 26Dec 74:52 PMDec 74:52 PM8:02 AMNov 38:02 AMNov 3Mar 11DSTMar 11DSTDSTNov 4DSTNov 4daynightnightnightnightSolarMidnightSolarMidnightSolarNoonSunriseSunset
The solar day over the course of the year 2018. 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 Soda Springs, 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 Soda SpringsJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%10%20%30%40%50%60%70%80%90%100%Jan 230%Jan 230%Jul 250%Jul 250%drydry
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.

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 Soda Springs experiences mild seasonal variation over the course of the year.

The windier part of the year lasts for 4.8 months, from December 18 to May 12, with average wind speeds of more than 5.9 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is March 29, with an average hourly wind speed of 6.8 miles per hour.

The calmer time of year lasts for 7.2 months, from May 12 to December 18. The calmest day of the year is August 4, with an average hourly wind speed of 5.1 miles per hour.

Average Wind Speed

Average Wind Speed in Soda SpringswindyJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 mph1 mph2 mph3 mph4 mph5 mph6 mph7 mph8 mph9 mph10 mph11 mphMar 296.8 mphMar 296.8 mphAug 45.1 mphAug 45.1 mphDec 185.9 mphDec 185.9 mphMay 125.9 mphMay 125.9 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 Soda Springs varies throughout the year.

The wind is most often from the west for 4.8 months, from March 17 to August 11 and for 1.2 months, from September 10 to October 17, with a peak percentage of 43% on June 8. The wind is most often from the south for 4.3 weeks, from August 11 to September 10 and for 5.0 months, from October 17 to March 17, with a peak percentage of 39% on September 2.

Wind Direction

Wind Direction in Soda SpringsSWSWSJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%20%80%40%60%60%40%80%20%100%0%westsoutheastnorth
northeastsouthwest
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).

Best Time of Year to Visit

To characterize how pleasant the weather is in Soda Springs 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 Soda Springs for general outdoor tourist activities is from early July to mid August, with a peak score in the last week of July.

Tourism Score

Tourism Score in Soda SpringsJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec02468105.45.40.00.0 precipitationprecipitationcloudscloudstemperaturetemperaturetourism 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 Soda Springs for hot-weather activities is from early July to mid August, with a peak score in the last week of July.

Beach/Pool Score

Beach/Pool Score in Soda SpringsJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec02468102.92.90.00.0 precipitationprecipitationcloudscloudstemperaturetemperature
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.

Growing Season

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 Soda Springs typically lasts for 2.9 months (90 days), from around June 13 to around September 11, rarely starting before May 19 or after July 6, and rarely ending before August 22 or after September 28.

Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season

Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in Soda SpringsJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%Jun 1350%Jun 1350%Sep 1150%Sep 1150%Jul 690%Jul 690%Aug 2290%Aug 2290%May 1910%May 1910%Sep 2810%Sep 2810%0%Feb 240%Feb 24Jul 3199%Jul 3199%frigidfreezingcoldcoolcomfortablevery cold
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 Soda Springs should appear around May 14, only rarely appearing before April 30 or after May 31.

Growing Degree Days

Growing Degree Days in Soda SpringsJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0°F200°F400°F600°F800°F1,000°F1,200°F1,400°F1,600°F1,800°FMay 1490°FMay 1490°FAug 2900°FAug 2900°FDec 311,570°FDec 311,570°F
The average growing degree days accumulated over the course of the year, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

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 2.9 months, from May 21 to August 17, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 7.0 kWh. The brightest day of the year is June 30, with an average of 8.3 kWh.

The darker period of the year lasts for 3.5 months, from October 30 to February 12, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 3.2 kWh. The darkest day of the year is December 22, with an average of 1.9 kWh.

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in Soda SpringsbrightdarkdarkJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 kWh1 kWh2 kWh3 kWh4 kWh5 kWh6 kWh7 kWh8 kWh9 kWh10 kWhJun 308.3 kWhJun 308.3 kWhDec 221.9 kWhDec 221.9 kWhAug 177.0 kWhAug 177.0 kWhOct 303.2 kWhOct 303.2 kWhFeb 123.2 kWhFeb 123.2 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 Soda Springs are 42.654 deg latitude, -111.605 deg longitude, and 5,833 ft elevation.

The topography within 2 miles of Soda Springs contains significant variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 781 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 5,825 feet. Within 10 miles contains significant variations in elevation (3,471 feet). Within 50 miles also contains extreme variations in elevation (6,834 feet).

The area within 2 miles of Soda Springs is covered by shrubs (67%), cropland (18%), and grassland (10%), within 10 miles by shrubs (51%) and cropland (23%), and within 50 miles by shrubs (58%) and trees (23%).

Data Sources

This report illustrates the typical weather in Soda Springs, 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 Soda Springs.

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

The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Afton Municipal Airport (42%, 55 kilometers, east); Malad City Airport (23%, 74 kilometers, southwest); Pocatello Regional Airport (19%, 84 kilometers, west); and Fanning Field (16%, 103 kilometers, north).

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.

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.