Average Weather in Ballard Utah, United States
In Ballard, the summers are hot and mostly clear, the winters are freezing and partly cloudy, and it is dry year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 15°F to 90°F and is rarely below 2°F or above 96°F.
Based on the tourism score, the best time of year to visit Ballard for warm-weather activities is from mid June to early September.
The hot season lasts for 3.3 months, from June 3 to September 14, with an average daily high temperature above 78°F. The hottest day of the year is July 15, with an average high of 90°F and low of 60°F.
The cold season lasts for 3.0 months, from November 22 to February 23, with an average daily high temperature below 44°F. The coldest day of the year is January 3, with an average low of 15°F and high of 33°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 Ballard, 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 Ballard begins around June 1 and lasts for 4.8 months, ending around October 26. On September 12, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 78% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 22% of the time.
The cloudier part of the year begins around October 26 and lasts for 7.2 months, ending around June 1. On March 3, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 49% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 51% of the time.
Cloud Cover Categories
0% clear 20% mostly clear 40% partly cloudy 60% mostly cloudy 80% overcast 100%
Ballard does not experience significant seasonal variation in the frequency of wet days (i.e., those with greater than 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation). The frequency ranges from 8% to 17%, with an average value of 12%.
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 Ballard changes throughout the year.
Rain alone is the most common for 9.9 months, from February 5 to December 3. The highest chance of a day with rain alone is 17% on September 20.
Snow alone is the most common for 2.0 months, from December 3 to February 2. The highest chance of a day with snow alone is 6% on January 2.
Mixed snow and rain is the most common for 3.0 days, from February 2 to February 5. The highest chance of a day with mixed snow and rain is 3% on February 20.
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. Ballard experiences some seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.
The rainy period of the year lasts for 7.5 months, from March 27 to November 11, with a sliding 31-day rainfall of at least 0.5 inches. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around September 24, with an average total accumulation of 1.1 inches.
The rainless period of the year lasts for 4.5 months, from November 11 to March 27. The least rain falls around January 20, with an average total accumulation of 0.2 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. Ballard experiences some seasonal variation in monthly liquid-equivalent snowfall.
The snowy period of the year lasts for 3.3 months, from November 16 to February 26, with a sliding 31-day liquid-equivalent snowfall of at least 0.1 inches. The most snow falls during the 31 days centered around December 31, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 0.3 inches.
The snowless period of the year lasts for 8.7 months, from February 26 to November 16. The least snow falls around July 15, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 0.0 inches.
Average Liquid-Equivalent Monthly Snowfall
The length of the day in Ballard varies significantly over the course of the year. In 2019, the shortest day is December 21, with 9 hours, 18 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 21, with 15 hours, 3 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight
The earliest sunrise is at 5:49 AM on June 14, and the latest sunrise is 2 hours, 1 minute later at 7:50 AM on November 2. The earliest sunset is at 4:53 PM on December 8, and the latest sunset is 4 hours, 0 minutes later at 8:53 PM on June 27.
Daylight saving time (DST) is observed in Ballard during 2019, 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
The perceived humidity level in Ballard, 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
dry 55°F comfortable 60°F humid 65°F muggy 70°F oppressive 75°F miserable
The average hourly wind speed in Ballard experiences mild seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The windier part of the year lasts for 4.3 months, from February 20 to June 29, with average wind speeds of more than 6.8 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is April 11, with an average hourly wind speed of 8.0 miles per hour.
The calmer time of year lasts for 7.7 months, from June 29 to February 20. The calmest day of the year is December 20, with an average hourly wind speed of 5.7 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed
The predominant average hourly wind direction in Ballard varies throughout the year.
The wind is most often from the south for 2.3 months, from July 7 to September 15, with a peak percentage of 36% on August 21. The wind is most often from the west for 9.7 months, from September 15 to July 7, with a peak percentage of 40% on January 1.
Best Time of Year to Visit
To characterize how pleasant the weather is in Ballard 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 Ballard for general outdoor tourist activities is from mid 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 Ballard for hot-weather activities is from late June to mid August, with a peak score in the third 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 Ballard typically lasts for 5.4 months (164 days), from around May 2 to around October 13, rarely starting before April 13 or after May 19, and rarely ending before September 23 or after October 31.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season
Based on growing degree days alone, the first spring blooms in Ballard should appear around April 15, only rarely appearing before March 30 or after May 1.
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 3.0 months, from May 8 to August 6, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 7.1 kWh. The brightest day of the year is June 19, with an average of 8.3 kWh.
The darker period of the year lasts for 3.3 months, from November 1 to February 12, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 3.6 kWh. The darkest day of the year is December 21, with an average of 2.4 kWh.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Ballard are 40.289 deg latitude, -109.943 deg longitude, and 5,052 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Ballard contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 315 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 5,054 feet. Within 10 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (1,155 feet). Within 50 miles contains very significant variations in elevation (8,967 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Ballard is covered by shrubs (68%) and cropland (26%), within 10 miles by shrubs (52%) and cropland (37%), and within 50 miles by shrubs (73%) and trees (17%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Ballard, 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 Ballard.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Ballard 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 Ballard is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Ballard and a given station.
The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Vernal Regional Airport (72%, 40 kilometers, northeast); Carbon County Airport (17%, 103 kilometers, southwest); and Fort Bridger Airport (11%, 129 kilometers, north).
Time zones for aiports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .