Average Weather in Houlton Maine, United States
In Houlton, the summers are comfortable, the winters are freezing and snowy, and it is partly cloudy year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 3°F to 78°F and is rarely below -16°F or above 86°F.
Based on the tourism score, the best time of year to visit Houlton for warm-weather activities is from late June to early September.
The warm season lasts for 3.6 months, from May 28 to September 16, with an average daily high temperature above 67°F. The hottest day of the year is July 27, with an average high of 78°F and low of 57°F.
The cold season lasts for 3.3 months, from December 1 to March 12, with an average daily high temperature below 34°F. The coldest day of the year is January 30, with an average low of 3°F and high of 23°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 Houlton, 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 Houlton begins around June 18 and lasts for 4.3 months, ending around October 27. On September 3, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 61% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 39% of the time.
The cloudier part of the year begins around October 27 and lasts for 7.7 months, ending around June 18. On January 6, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 66% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 34% 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 Houlton varies throughout the year.
The wetter season lasts 3.5 months, from May 4 to August 21, with a greater than 31% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 41% on July 12.
The drier season lasts 8.5 months, from August 21 to May 4. The smallest chance of a wet day is 21% on February 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 Houlton changes throughout the year.
Rain alone is the most common for 8.8 months, from March 13 to December 5. The highest chance of a day with rain alone is 41% on July 12.
Snow alone is the most common for 3.2 months, from December 5 to March 13. The highest chance of a day with snow alone is 17% on December 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. Houlton experiences significant seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.
Rain falls throughout the year in Houlton. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around July 19, with an average total accumulation of 3.5 inches.
The least rain falls around February 8, with an average total accumulation of 0.7 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. Houlton experiences significant seasonal variation in monthly liquid-equivalent snowfall.
The snowy period of the year lasts for 6.2 months, from October 23 to April 30, 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 8, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 1.5 inches.
The snowless period of the year lasts for 5.8 months, from April 30 to October 23. The least snow falls around July 27, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 0.0 inches.
Average Liquid-Equivalent Monthly Snowfall
The length of the day in Houlton varies significantly over the course of the year. In 2021, the shortest day is December 21, with 8 hours, 37 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 20, with 15 hours, 46 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight
The earliest sunrise is at 4:39 AM on June 16, and the latest sunrise is 2 hours, 40 minutes later at 7:19 AM on November 6. The earliest sunset is at 3:45 PM on December 10, and the latest sunset is 4 hours, 41 minutes later at 8:26 PM on June 26.
Daylight saving time (DST) is observed in Houlton during 2021, starting in the spring on March 14, lasting 7.8 months, and ending in the fall on November 7.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time
The figure below presents a compact representation of key lunar data for 2021. 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
Houlton experiences some seasonal variation in the perceived humidity.
The muggier period of the year lasts for 3.0 months, from June 15 to September 16, during which time the comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable at least 3% of the time. The muggiest day of the year is July 30, with muggy conditions 13% of the time.
The least muggy day of the year is March 2, 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 Houlton experiences mild seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The windier part of the year lasts for 6.1 months, from November 2 to May 6, with average wind speeds of more than 5.5 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is March 3, with an average hourly wind speed of 6.9 miles per hour.
The calmer time of year lasts for 5.9 months, from May 6 to November 2. The calmest day of the year is August 1, with an average hourly wind speed of 4.1 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed
The predominant average hourly wind direction in Houlton varies throughout the year.
The wind is most often from the north for 2.1 months, from March 2 to May 5, with a peak percentage of 35% on March 18. The wind is most often from the south for 3.1 months, from May 5 to August 7 and for 2.0 weeks, from September 11 to September 25, with a peak percentage of 39% on July 14. The wind is most often from the west for 1.1 months, from August 7 to September 11 and for 5.3 months, from September 25 to March 2, with a peak percentage of 37% on August 24.
Best Time of Year to Visit
To characterize how pleasant the weather is in Houlton 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 Houlton for general outdoor tourist activities is from late June to early September, 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 Houlton for hot-weather activities is from early 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 Houlton typically lasts for 4.0 months (123 days), from around May 21 to around September 21, rarely starting before May 4 or after June 9, and rarely ending before September 5 or after October 7.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season
Based on growing degree days alone, the first spring blooms in Houlton should appear around May 13, only rarely appearing before May 5 or after May 22.
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 3.5 months, from May 8 to August 25, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 5.4 kWh. The brightest day of the year is July 2, with an average of 6.4 kWh.
The darker period of the year lasts for 3.4 months, from October 28 to February 12, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 2.2 kWh. The darkest day of the year is December 17, with an average of 1.2 kWh.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Houlton are 46.126 deg latitude, -67.840 deg longitude, and 358 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Houlton contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 285 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 413 feet. Within 10 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (1,076 feet). Within 50 miles contains very significant variations in elevation (3,501 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Houlton is covered by trees (46%), artificial surfaces (32%), and cropland (19%), within 10 miles by trees (76%) and cropland (17%), and within 50 miles by trees (87%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Houlton, 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 Houlton.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Houlton 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 Houlton is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Houlton and a given station.
The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Houlton International Airport (96%, 3.7 kilometers, east); Northern Maine Regional Airport at Presque Isle (2.2%, 64 kilometers, north); and Millinocket Municipal Airport (1.5%, 85 kilometers, southwest).
Time zones for airports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .