Climate and Average Weather Year Round in Fort Smith Canada
In Fort Smith, the summers are comfortable and partly cloudy and the winters are frigid, snowy, and mostly cloudy. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from -15°F to 75°F and is rarely below -37°F or above 85°F.
Based on the tourism score, the best time of year to visit Fort Smith for warm-weather activities is from late June to early August.
Climate in Fort Smith
Average Temperature in Fort Smith
The warm season lasts for 3.8 months, from May 17 to September 11, with an average daily high temperature above 60°F. The hottest day of the year is July 25, with an average high of 75°F and low of 53°F.
The cold season lasts for 3.4 months, from November 22 to March 2, with an average daily high temperature below 15°F. The coldest day of the year is January 15, with an average low of -15°F and high of -0°F.
Average High and Low Temperature in Fort Smith
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 Fort Smith
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In Fort Smith, 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 Fort Smith begins around April 20 and lasts for 5.5 months, ending around October 3. On July 11, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 53% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 47% of the time.
The cloudier part of the year begins around October 3 and lasts for 6.6 months, ending around April 20. On March 3, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 77% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 23% of the time.
Cloud Cover Categories in Fort Smith
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A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. The chance of wet days in Fort Smith varies throughout the year.
The wetter season lasts 5.6 months, from May 5 to October 23, with a greater than 15% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 24% on August 21.
The drier season lasts 6.4 months, from October 23 to May 5. The smallest chance of a wet day is 6% on February 14.
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 Fort Smith changes throughout the year.
Rain alone is the most common for 6.6 months, from April 10 to October 27. The highest chance of a day with rain alone is 24% on August 21.
Snow alone is the most common for 5.4 months, from October 27 to April 10. The highest chance of a day with snow alone is 12% on November 23.
Daily Chance of Precipitation in Fort Smith
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. Fort Smith experiences some seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.
The rainy period of the year lasts for 6.1 months, from April 20 to October 25, with a sliding 31-day rainfall of at least 0.5 inches. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around July 11, with an average total accumulation of 1.8 inches.
The rainless period of the year lasts for 5.9 months, from October 25 to April 20. The least rain falls around January 30, with an average total accumulation of 0.0 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall in Fort Smith
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. Fort Smith experiences some seasonal variation in monthly liquid-equivalent snowfall.
The snowy period of the year lasts for 7.2 months, from October 5 to May 11, with a sliding 31-day liquid-equivalent snowfall of at least 0.1 inches. The most snow falls during the 31 days centered around November 21, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 0.5 inches.
The snowless period of the year lasts for 4.8 months, from May 11 to October 5. The least snow falls around July 8, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 0.0 inches.
Average Liquid-Equivalent Monthly Snowfall in Fort Smith
The length of the day in Fort Smith varies extremely over the course of the year. In 2021, the shortest day is December 21, with 5 hours, 52 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 20, with 18 hours, 52 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight in Fort Smith
The earliest sunrise is at 4:03 AM on June 18, and the latest sunrise is 5 hours, 28 minutes later at 9:31 AM on December 26. The earliest sunset is at 3:20 PM on December 16, and the latest sunset is 7 hours, 35 minutes later at 10:55 PM on June 22.
Daylight saving time (DST) is observed in Fort Smith 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 in Fort Smith
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 in Fort Smith
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 Fort Smith, 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 in Fort Smith
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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 Fort Smith experiences mild seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The windier part of the year lasts for 6.1 months, from November 15 to May 20, with average wind speeds of more than 4.9 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is January 30, with an average hourly wind speed of 5.8 miles per hour.
The calmer time of year lasts for 5.9 months, from May 20 to November 15. The calmest day of the year is July 25, with an average hourly wind speed of 4.1 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed in Fort Smith
The predominant average hourly wind direction in Fort Smith varies throughout the year.
The wind is most often from the west for 6.0 days, from February 16 to February 22; for 2.9 weeks, from September 20 to October 10; and for 3.5 months, from November 1 to February 16, with a peak percentage of 32% on October 5. The wind is most often from the south for 3.6 weeks, from February 22 to March 19; for 6.0 days, from June 13 to June 19; for 2.6 months, from July 3 to September 20; and for 3.1 weeks, from October 10 to November 1, with a peak percentage of 31% on September 10. The wind is most often from the east for 2.8 months, from March 19 to June 13, with a peak percentage of 35% on April 18.
Wind Direction in Fort Smith
Best Time of Year to Visit
To characterize how pleasant the weather is in Fort Smith 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 Fort Smith for general outdoor tourist activities is from late June to early August, with a peak score in the last week of July.
Tourism Score in Fort Smith
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 Fort Smith for hot-weather activities is from early July to early August, with a peak score in the third week of July.
Beach/Pool Score in Fort Smith
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 Fort Smith typically lasts for 3.2 months (100 days), from around May 30 to around September 7, rarely starting before May 12 or after June 17, and rarely ending before August 20 or after September 26.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in Fort Smith
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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 Fort Smith should appear around May 22, only rarely appearing before May 11 or after June 4.
Growing Degree Days in Fort Smith
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 3.2 months, from May 1 to August 8, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 5.0 kWh. The brightest day of the year is June 18, with an average of 6.2 kWh.
The darker period of the year lasts for 4.2 months, from October 16 to February 22, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 1.4 kWh. The darkest day of the year is December 21, with an average of 0.2 kWh.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in Fort Smith
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Fort Smith are 60.004 deg latitude, -111.889 deg longitude, and 676 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Fort Smith contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 200 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 647 feet. Within 10 miles also contains only modest variations in elevation (246 feet). Within 50 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (633 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Fort Smith is covered by trees (56%), water (17%), and sparse vegetation (14%), within 10 miles by trees (80%) and herbaceous vegetation (12%), and within 50 miles by trees (75%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Fort Smith, 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 Fort Smith.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Fort Smith 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 Fort Smith is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Fort Smith and a given station.
The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Fort Smith Climate Nwt (CZSM, 100%, 2.1 kilometers, northwest) and Beartooth Island (CWTF, 0.2%, 151 kilometers, southeast).
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 © Esri, with data from National Geographic, Esri, DeLorme, NAVTEQ, UNEP-WCMC, USGS, NASA, ESA, METI, NRCAN, GEBCO, NOAA, and iPC.
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.