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Climate and Average Weather Year Round in Medicine Hat Alberta, Canada

In Medicine Hat, the summers are warm; the winters are freezing, snowy, and windy; and it is partly cloudy year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 7°F to 83°F and is rarely below -19°F or above 93°F.

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

Climate in Medicine Hat

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Medicine Hat weather by month. Click on each chart for more information.

The warm season lasts for 3.3 months, from June 2 to September 12, with an average daily high temperature above 72°F. The hottest month of the year in Medicine Hat is July, with an average high of 82°F and low of 55°F.

The cold season lasts for 3.4 months, from November 20 to March 1, with an average daily high temperature below 38°F. The coldest month of the year in Medicine Hat is January, with an average low of 8°F and high of 28°F.

Average High and Low Temperature in Medicine Hat

Average High and Low Temperature in Medicine HatwarmcoldcoldJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec-20°F-20°F-10°F-10°F0°F0°F10°F10°F20°F20°F30°F30°F40°F40°F50°F50°F60°F60°F70°F70°F80°F80°F90°F90°F100°F100°FJan 126°FJan 126°FJul 2583°FJul 2583°F7°F7°F56°F56°FJun 272°FJun 272°FSep 1272°FSep 1272°FNov 2038°FNov 2038°FMar 138°FMar 138°F48°F48°F45°F45°F17°F17°F15°F15°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 28°F33°F44°F58°F68°F75°F82°F81°F70°F57°F40°F29°F
Temp. 17°F21°F31°F44°F55°F62°F68°F67°F56°F43°F29°F18°F
Low 8°F12°F21°F32°F43°F51°F55°F54°F44°F33°F20°F9°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 Medicine Hat

Average Hourly Temperature in Medicine HatJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec12 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 AMNowNowfrigidfreezingfreezingvery coldvery coldcoldcoldcoolcomfortablewarmfrigidfrigidfrigid
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.

Meghrashen, Armenia (5,990 miles away) and Bayzhansay, Kazakhstan (6,003 miles) are the far-away foreign places with temperatures most similar to Medicine Hat (view comparison).

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In Medicine Hat, 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 Medicine Hat begins around June 15 and lasts for 3.8 months, ending around October 9.

The clearest month of the year in Medicine Hat is July, during which on average the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 69% of the time.

The cloudier part of the year begins around October 9 and lasts for 8.2 months, ending around June 15.

The cloudiest month of the year in Medicine Hat is January, during which on average the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 62% of the time.

Cloud Cover Categories in Medicine Hat

Cloud Cover Categories in Medicine HatclearercloudiercloudierJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%Jul 2972%Jul 2972%Jan 1737%Jan 1737%Jun 1554%Jun 1554%Oct 954%Oct 954%NowNowclearpartly 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.
FractionJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Cloudier 62%62%61%56%53%45%31%33%41%49%57%60%
Clearer 38%38%39%44%47%55%69%67%59%51%43%40%

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

The wetter season lasts 3.7 months, from May 2 to August 25, with a greater than 15% chance of a given day being a wet day. The month with the most wet days in Medicine Hat is June, with an average of 7.3 days with at least 0.04 inches of precipitation.

The drier season lasts 8.3 months, from August 25 to May 2. The month with the fewest wet days in Medicine Hat is February, with an average of 1.2 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. Based on this categorization, the most common form of precipitation in Medicine Hat changes throughout the year.

Rain alone is the most common for 8.1 months, from March 14 to November 16. The month with the most days of rain alone in Medicine Hat is June, with an average of 7.3 days.

Snow alone is the most common for 3.9 months, from November 16 to March 14. The month with the most days of snow alone in Medicine Hat is January, with an average of 1.6 days.

Daily Chance of Precipitation in Medicine Hat

Daily Chance of Precipitation in Medicine HatsnowrainsnowJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%0%10%10%20%20%30%30%40%40%50%50%60%60%70%70%80%80%90%90%100%100%Jun 427%Jun 427%Feb 94%Feb 94%Mar 148%Mar 148%Nov 166%Nov 166%May 215%May 215%Aug 2515%Aug 2515%NowNowrainsnowmixed
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 0.2d0.2d0.8d2.7d6.2d7.3d5.8d4.9d3.8d2.0d0.7d0.3d
Mixed 0.2d0.2d0.7d0.6d0.2d0.0d0.0d0.0d0.1d0.5d0.3d0.1d
Snow 1.6d0.9d0.8d0.3d0.0d0.0d0.0d0.0d0.0d0.2d0.8d1.3d
Any 2.0d1.2d2.3d3.6d6.5d7.3d5.8d4.9d3.9d2.7d1.8d1.8d

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. Medicine Hat experiences some seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.

The rainy period of the year lasts for 6.1 months, from April 10 to October 12, with a sliding 31-day rainfall of at least 0.5 inches. The month with the most rain in Medicine Hat is June, with an average rainfall of 1.9 inches.

The rainless period of the year lasts for 5.9 months, from October 12 to April 10. The month with the least rain in Medicine Hat is January, with an average rainfall of 0.0 inches.

Average Monthly Rainfall in Medicine Hat

Average Monthly Rainfall in Medicine HatrainJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 in0 in1 in1 in2 in2 in3 in3 in4 in4 inJun 112.0 inJun 112.0 inJan 170.0 inJan 170.0 inApr 100.5 inApr 100.5 inOct 120.5 inOct 120.5 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 0.0″0.0″0.2″0.6″1.4″1.9″1.2″1.1″0.9″0.4″0.1″0.0″

Snowfall

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

The snowy period of the year lasts for 5.8 months, from October 25 to April 17, with a sliding 31-day snowfall of at least 1.0 inches. The month with the most snow in Medicine Hat is January, with an average snowfall of 2.0 inches.

The snowless period of the year lasts for 6.2 months, from April 17 to October 25. The least snow falls around July 27, with an average total accumulation of 0.0 inches.

Average Monthly Snowfall in Medicine Hat

Average Monthly Snowfall in Medicine HatsnowsnowJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 in0 in1 in1 in2 in2 in3 in3 in4 in4 in5 in5 inJan 52.3 inJan 52.3 inJul 270.0 inJul 270.0 inMar 161.7 inMar 161.7 inOct 251.0 inOct 251.0 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 2.0″1.2″1.7″1.1″0.4″0.0″0.0″0.0″0.1″0.7″1.4″1.8″

The length of the day in Medicine Hat varies extremely over the course of the year. In 2024, the shortest day is December 21, with 8 hours, 4 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 20, with 16 hours, 23 minutes of daylight.

Hours of Daylight and Twilight in Medicine Hat

Hours of Daylight and Twilight in Medicine HatJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 hr24 hr4 hr20 hr8 hr16 hr12 hr12 hr16 hr8 hr20 hr4 hr24 hr0 hr12 hr, 9 minMar 1912 hr, 9 minMar 1916 hr, 23 minJun 2016 hr, 23 minJun 2012 hr, 13 minSep 2212 hr, 13 minSep 228 hr, 4 minDec 218 hr, 4 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 8.6h10.1h12.0h13.8h15.5h16.3h15.8h14.4h12.6h10.7h9.0h8.2h

The earliest sunrise is at 5:12 AM on June 16, and the latest sunrise is 3 hours, 9 minutes later at 8:21 AM on December 30. The earliest sunset is at 4:20 PM on December 11, and the latest sunset is 5 hours, 16 minutes later at 9:36 PM on June 24.

Daylight saving time (DST) is observed in Medicine Hat 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 Medicine Hat

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time in Medicine HatJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec2 AM4 AM6 AM8 AM10 AM12 PM2 PM4 PM6 PM8 PM10 PM12 AMJun 165:12 AMJun 165:12 AM9:36 PMJun 249:36 PMJun 24Dec 114:20 PMDec 114:20 PM8:21 AMDec 308:21 AMDec 30Mar 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 Medicine Hat

Solar Elevation and Azimuth in Medicine HatJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec12 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 AM0001010101020203030404050000101010202020303040405050601763NowNow
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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 Medicine Hat

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.

The perceived humidity level in Medicine Hat, 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 Medicine Hat

Humidity Comfort Levels in Medicine HatJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%0%10%10%20%20%30%30%40%40%50%50%60%60%70%70%80%80%90%90%100%100%Jan 180%Jan 180%Jul 200%Jul 200%NowNowdrydry
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 0.0d0.0d0.0d0.0d0.0d0.0d0.1d0.0d0.0d0.0d0.0d0.0d

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 Medicine Hat experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.

The windier part of the year lasts for 7.8 months, from October 1 to May 27, with average wind speeds of more than 10.5 miles per hour. The windiest month of the year in Medicine Hat is December, with an average hourly wind speed of 12.0 miles per hour.

The calmer time of year lasts for 4.2 months, from May 27 to October 1. The calmest month of the year in Medicine Hat is August, with an average hourly wind speed of 9.2 miles per hour.

Average Wind Speed in Medicine Hat

Average Wind Speed in Medicine HatwindywindyJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 mph0 mph2 mph2 mph4 mph4 mph6 mph6 mph8 mph8 mph10 mph10 mph12 mph12 mph14 mph14 mph16 mph16 mph18 mph18 mphDec 1212.1 mphDec 1212.1 mphAug 59.0 mphAug 59.0 mphOct 110.5 mphOct 110.5 mphMay 2710.5 mphMay 2710.5 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) 11.811.511.511.410.810.29.59.210.011.211.812.0

The predominant average hourly wind direction in Medicine Hat is from the west throughout the year.

Wind Direction in Medicine Hat

Wind Direction in Medicine HatJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%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).

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

Tourism Score in Medicine Hat

Tourism Score in Medicine Hatbest timeJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec002244668810106.66.60.00.0NowNowtemperaturetemperature cloudscloudsprecipitationprecipitationtourism 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 Medicine Hat for hot-weather activities is from early July to mid August, with a peak score in the last week of July.

Beach/Pool Score in Medicine Hat

Beach/Pool Score in Medicine HatJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec002244668810103.33.30.00.0NowNowtemperaturetemperaturecloudscloudsprecipitationprecipitationbeach/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 Medicine Hat typically lasts for 4.5 months (138 days), from around May 10 to around September 26, rarely starting before April 23 or after May 27, and rarely ending before September 10 or after October 13.

Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in Medicine Hat

Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in Medicine Hatgrowing seasonJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%May 1050%May 1050%Sep 2650%Sep 2650%May 2790%May 2790%Sep 1090%Sep 1090%Apr 2310%Apr 2310%Oct 1310%Oct 1310%0%Feb 160%Feb 16Jul 22100%Jul 22100%NowNowfrigidfreezingvery coldcoldcoolcomfortablewarmhot
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 Medicine Hat should appear around April 25, only rarely appearing before April 16 or after May 8.

Growing Degree Days in Medicine Hat

Growing Degree Days in Medicine HatJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0°F0°F500°F500°F1,000°F1,000°F1,500°F1,500°F2,000°F2,000°FApr 2590°FApr 2590°FJul 11900°FJul 11900°FSep 21,800°FSep 21,800°FDec 312,126°FDec 312,126°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 3.5 months, from May 3 to August 18, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 6.0 kWh. The brightest month of the year in Medicine Hat is July, with an average of 7.1 kWh.

The darker period of the year lasts for 3.6 months, from October 26 to February 14, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 2.3 kWh. The darkest month of the year in Medicine Hat is December, with an average of 1.1 kWh.

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in Medicine Hat

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in Medicine HatbrightdarkdarkJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 kWh0 kWh1 kWh1 kWh2 kWh2 kWh3 kWh3 kWh4 kWh4 kWh5 kWh5 kWh6 kWh6 kWh7 kWh7 kWh8 kWh8 kWh9 kWh9 kWhJul 37.2 kWhJul 37.2 kWhDec 231.0 kWhDec 231.0 kWhMay 36.0 kWhMay 36.0 kWhAug 186.0 kWhAug 186.0 kWhOct 262.3 kWhOct 262.3 kWhFeb 142.3 kWhFeb 142.3 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) 1.32.33.75.36.36.97.16.04.42.81.61.1

For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Medicine Hat are 50.039 deg latitude, -110.677 deg longitude, and 2,201 ft elevation.

The topography within 2 miles of Medicine Hat contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 282 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 2,251 feet. Within 10 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (630 feet). Within 50 miles contains significant variations in elevation (2,894 feet).

The area within 2 miles of Medicine Hat is covered by artificial surfaces (58%), cropland (21%), and grassland (21%), within 10 miles by cropland (49%) and grassland (45%), and within 50 miles by grassland (51%) and cropland (46%).

This report illustrates the typical weather in Medicine Hat, 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 Medicine Hat.

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

The stations contributing to this reconstruction are:

  • Medicine Hat Rcs (CXMW, 97%, 1.8 mi, west, 144 ft elevation change)
  • Schuler AGDM (CXSC, 3.1%, 32 mi, northeast, 423 ft elevation change)

Sources mapCXMW, 97%2 mi, 144 ftCXSC, 3%32 mi, 423 ft© OpenStreetMap contributors

To get a sense of how much these sources agree with each other, you can view a comparison of Medicine Hat 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.

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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.

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