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Average Weather in Kayenta Arizona, United States

In Kayenta, the summers are hot and mostly clear, the winters are very cold and partly cloudy, and it is dry year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 21°F to 90°F and is rarely below 11°F or above 96°F.

Climate Summary

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

Temperature

The hot season lasts for 3.5 months, from May 29 to September 14, with an average daily high temperature above 80°F. The hottest day of the year is July 6, with an average high of 90°F and low of 63°F.

The cold season lasts for 3.0 months, from November 21 to February 22, with an average daily high temperature below 50°F. The coldest day of the year is January 7, with an average low of 21°F and high of 40°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 KayentaJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec12 AM4 AM8 AM12 PM4 PM8 PM12 AMfreezingfreezingvery coldcoldcoolcomfortablewarmhotcoldvery coldfreezingfreezingcomfortable
The average hourly temperature, color coded into bands: 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 shaded overlays indicate night and civil twilight.

Sredno Konjare, Macedonia (6,220 miles away); Orūmīyeh, Iran (7,076 miles); and Alīgūdarz, Iran (7,430 miles) are the far-away foreign places with temperatures most similar to Kayenta (view comparison).

Clouds

In Kayenta, 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 Kayenta begins around August 15 and lasts for 2.6 months, ending around November 3. On September 19, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 83% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 17% of the time.

The cloudier part of the year begins around November 3 and lasts for 9.4 months, ending around August 15. On February 27, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 41% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 59% of the time.

Cloud Cover Categories

Cloud Cover Categories in KayentaclearercloudiercloudierJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%Sep 1983%Sep 1983%Feb 2759%Feb 2759%Aug 1570%Aug 1570%Nov 371%Nov 371%clearovercastpartly cloudymostly clearmostly cloudy
The percentage of time spent in each cloud cover band, categorized by the percentage of the sky covered by clouds: clear < 20% < mostly clear < 40% < partly cloudy < 60% < mostly cloudy < 80% < overcast.

Precipitation

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

The wetter season lasts 3.3 months, from July 10 to October 18, with a greater than 10% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 17% on August 11.

The drier season lasts 8.7 months, from October 18 to July 10. The smallest chance of a wet day is 2% on June 16.

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 17% on August 11.

Daily Chance of Precipitation

Daily Chance of Precipitation in KayentawetdrydryJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%10%20%30%40%50%60%70%80%90%100%Aug 1117%Aug 1117%Jun 162%Jun 162%Jan 17%Jan 17%Oct 1810%Oct 1810%rainmixed
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. Kayenta experiences some seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.

The rainy period of the year lasts for 3.5 months, from July 15 to October 29, with a sliding 31-day rainfall of at least 0.5 inches. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around September 10, with an average total accumulation of 0.8 inches.

The rainless period of the year lasts for 8.5 months, from October 29 to July 15. The least rain falls around June 16, with an average total accumulation of 0.1 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

The sliding 31-day liquid-equivalent quantity of snowfall in Kayenta does not vary significantly over the course of the year, staying within 0.1 inches of 0.1 inches throughout.

Average Liquid-Equivalent Monthly Snowfall

Average Liquid-Equivalent Monthly Snowfall in KayentaJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0.0 in0.1 in0.2 in0.3 in0.4 in0.5 in0.6 in0.7 in0.8 inDec 310.1 inDec 310.1 inJul 160.0 inJul 160.0 inJan 170.1 inJan 170.1 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 Kayenta varies significantly over the course of the year. In 2017, the shortest day is December 21, with 9 hours, 39 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 20, with 14 hours, 41 minutes of daylight.

Hours of Daylight and Twilight

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 6:01 AM on June 13, and the latest sunrise is 1 hour, 46 minutes later at 7:48 AM on November 4. The earliest sunset is at 5:04 PM on December 5, and the latest sunset is 3 hours, 39 minutes later at 8:43 PM on June 28.

Daylight saving time (DST) is observed in Kayenta during 2017, starting in the spring on March 12, lasting 7.8 months, and ending in the fall on November 5.

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time in KayentaJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec2 AM4 AM6 AM8 AM10 AM12 PM2 PM4 PM6 PM8 PM10 PM12 AMJun 136:01 AMJun 136:01 AM8:43 PMJun 288:43 PMJun 28Dec 55:04 PMDec 55:04 PM7:48 AMNov 47:48 AMNov 4Mar 12DSTMar 12DSTDSTNov 5DSTNov 5daynightnightnightnightSolarMidnightSolarMidnightSolarNoonSunriseSunset
The solar day over the course of the year 2017. 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 Kayenta, 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 KayentaJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%10%20%30%40%50%60%70%80%90%100%Feb 220%Feb 220%Aug 240%Aug 240%drydry
The percentage of time spent at various humidity comfort levels, categorized by dew point: dry < 55°F < comfortable < 60°F < humid < 65°F < muggy < 70°F < oppressive < 75°F < miserable.

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

The windier part of the year lasts for 4.6 months, from February 17 to July 3, with average wind speeds of more than 8.6 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is April 10, with an average hourly wind speed of 10.5 miles per hour.

The calmer time of year lasts for 7.5 months, from July 3 to February 17. The calmest day of the year is August 14, with an average hourly wind speed of 6.7 miles per hour.

Average Wind Speed

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 Kayenta varies throughout the year.

The wind is most often from the west for 6.9 months, from February 13 to September 11, with a peak percentage of 52% on June 12. The wind is most often from the south for 3.0 months, from September 11 to December 10, with a peak percentage of 37% on September 19. The wind is most often from the north for 2.1 months, from December 10 to February 13, with a peak percentage of 33% on January 1.

Wind Direction

Wind Direction in KayentaNWSNJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%20%80%40%60%60%40%80%20%100%0%westsouthnortheast
The percentage of hours in which the mean wind direction is from each of the four cardinal wind directions (north, east, south, and west), excluding hours in which the mean wind speed is less than 1 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 Kayenta 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 Kayenta for general outdoor tourist activities is from early June to mid September, with a peak score in the first week of July.

Tourism Score

Tourism Score in Kayentabest timeJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec02468107.67.60.00.07.67.6 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 Kayenta for hot-weather activities is from late June to early August, with a peak score in the second week of July.

Beach/Pool Score

Beach/Pool Score in Kayentabest timeJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec02468105.65.60.00.0 precipitationprecipitationcloudscloudstemperaturetemperaturebeach/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.

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 Kayenta typically lasts for 6.0 months (182 days), from around April 21 to around October 21, rarely starting before March 30 or after May 11, and rarely ending before October 2 or after November 10.

Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season

Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in Kayentagrowing seasonJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%50%Apr 2150%Apr 2150%Oct 2150%Oct 2190%May 1190%May 1190%Oct 290%Oct 210%Mar 3010%Mar 3010%Nov 1010%Nov 100%Dec 170%Dec 17Jul 25100%Jul 25100%freezingvery coldcoolcomfortablewarmcoldfrigid
The percentage of time spent in various temperature bands: 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 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 Kayenta should appear around April 3, only rarely appearing before March 20 or after April 18.

Growing Degree Days

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 2.7 months, from April 29 to July 19, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 7.5 kWh. The brightest day of the year is June 14, with an average of 8.7 kWh.

The darker period of the year lasts for 3.3 months, from November 3 to February 11, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 4.0 kWh. The darkest day of the year is December 24, with an average of 2.8 kWh.

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in KayentabrightdarkdarkJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 kWh1 kWh2 kWh3 kWh4 kWh5 kWh6 kWh7 kWh8 kWh9 kWh10 kWhJun 148.7 kWhJun 148.7 kWhDec 242.8 kWhDec 242.8 kWhApr 297.5 kWhApr 297.5 kWhJul 197.5 kWhJul 197.5 kWhNov 34.0 kWhNov 34.0 kWhFeb 114.0 kWhFeb 114.0 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 Kayenta are 36.728 deg latitude, -110.255 deg longitude, and 5,728 ft elevation.

The topography within 2 miles of Kayenta contains significant variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 597 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 5,706 feet. Within 10 miles contains significant variations in elevation (2,927 feet). Within 50 miles contains large variations in elevation (6,624 feet).

The area within 2 miles of Kayenta is covered by shrubs (97%), within 10 miles by shrubs (80%) and grassland (12%), and within 50 miles by shrubs (81%) and grassland (11%).

Data Sources

This report illustrates the typical weather in Kayenta, 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 Kayenta.

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

The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Page Municipal Airport (39%, 109 kilometers, west); Window Rock Airport (23%, 160 kilometers, southeast); Four Corners Regional Airport (20%, 181 kilometers, east); and Winslow Municipal Airport (18%, 194 kilometers, south).

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.