Average Weather in Dove Creek Colorado, United States
In Dove Creek, the summers are warm, dry, and mostly clear and the winters are freezing, snowy, and partly cloudy. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 15°F to 86°F and is rarely below 1°F or above 92°F.
Based on the tourism score, the best time of year to visit Dove Creek for warm-weather activities is from late June to late August.
The hot season lasts for 3.5 months, from May 30 to September 14, with an average daily high temperature above 76°F. The hottest day of the year is July 8, with an average high of 86°F and low of 54°F.
The cold season lasts for 3.0 months, from November 22 to February 22, with an average daily high temperature below 45°F. The coldest day of the year is January 7, with an average low of 15°F and high of 35°F.
Average High and Low Temperature
Average Hourly Temperature
In Dove Creek, 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 Dove Creek begins around May 21 and lasts for 5.4 months, ending around November 4. On September 19, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 79% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 21% of the time.
The cloudier part of the year begins around November 4 and lasts for 6.5 months, ending around May 21. On March 1, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 45% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 55% of the time.
Cloud Cover Categories
A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. The chance of wet days in Dove Creek varies throughout the year.
The wetter season lasts 9.1 months, from July 9 to April 13, with a greater than 16% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 25% on August 8.
The drier season lasts 2.9 months, from April 13 to July 9. The smallest chance of a wet day is 7% on June 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 Dove Creek changes throughout the year.
Rain alone is the most common for 9.2 months, from February 21 to November 28. The highest chance of a day with rain alone is 25% on August 8.
Mixed snow and rain is the most common for 2.0 months, from November 28 to December 3 and from December 27 to February 21. The highest chance of a day with mixed snow and rain is 7% on February 21.
Snow alone is the most common for 3.4 weeks, from December 3 to December 27. The highest chance of a day with snow alone is 6% on December 28.
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. Dove Creek experiences some seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.
The rainy period of the year lasts for 9.8 months, from February 9 to December 3, with a sliding 31-day rainfall of at least 0.5 inches. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around September 17, with an average total accumulation of 1.4 inches.
The rainless period of the year lasts for 2.2 months, from December 3 to February 9. The least rain falls around December 27, with an average total accumulation of 0.4 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. Dove Creek experiences some seasonal variation in monthly liquid-equivalent snowfall.
The snowy period of the year lasts for 5.6 months, from October 26 to April 14, 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 5, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 0.6 inches.
The snowless period of the year lasts for 6.4 months, from April 14 to October 26. The least snow falls around July 31, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 0.0 inches.
Average Liquid-Equivalent Monthly Snowfall
The length of the day in Dove Creek varies significantly over the course of the year. In 2018, the shortest day is December 21, with 9 hours, 33 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 21, with 14 hours, 47 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight
The earliest sunrise is at 5:53 AM on June 13, and the latest sunrise is 1 hour, 50 minutes later at 7:43 AM on November 3. The earliest sunset is at 4:56 PM on December 6, and the latest sunset is 3 hours, 45 minutes later at 8:41 PM on June 28.
Daylight saving time (DST) is observed in Dove Creek during 2018, starting in the spring on March 11, lasting 7.8 months, and ending in the fall on November 4.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time
The perceived humidity level in Dove Creek, 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
The average hourly wind speed in Dove Creek experiences mild seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The windier part of the year lasts for 4.7 months, from February 6 to June 28, with average wind speeds of more than 7.4 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is April 10, with an average hourly wind speed of 8.9 miles per hour.
The calmer time of year lasts for 7.2 months, from June 28 to February 6. The calmest day of the year is August 11, with an average hourly wind speed of 5.9 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed
The predominant average hourly wind direction in Dove Creek varies throughout the year.
The wind is most often from the north for 2.3 weeks, from January 17 to February 2, with a peak percentage of 35% on January 21. The wind is most often from the south for 11 months, from February 2 to January 17, with a peak percentage of 37% on January 1.
Best Time of Year to Visit
To characterize how pleasant the weather is in Dove Creek 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 Dove Creek for general outdoor tourist activities is from late June to late August, with a peak score in the third 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 Dove Creek for hot-weather activities is from late June to early August, with a peak score in the first week of July.
The growing season in Dove Creek typically lasts for 4.4 months (135 days), from around May 19 to around September 30, rarely starting before April 30 or after June 7, and rarely ending before September 12 or after October 18.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season
Based on growing degree days alone, the first spring blooms in Dove Creek should appear around April 18, only rarely appearing before April 5 or after April 30.
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 2.5 months, from May 6 to July 21, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 7.4 kWh. The brightest day of the year is June 12, with an average of 8.5 kWh.
The darker period of the year lasts for 3.4 months, from November 2 to February 13, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 3.8 kWh. The darkest day of the year is December 22, with an average of 2.7 kWh.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Dove Creek are 37.766 deg latitude, -108.906 deg longitude, and 6,850 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Dove Creek contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 430 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 6,865 feet. Within 10 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (2,369 feet). Within 50 miles contains large variations in elevation (9,760 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Dove Creek is covered by shrubs (76%), cropland (14%), and grassland (10%), within 10 miles by shrubs (81%) and trees (10%), and within 50 miles by shrubs (71%) and trees (23%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Dove Creek, 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 Dove Creek.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Dove Creek 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 Dove Creek is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Dove Creek and a given station.
The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Cortez-Montezuma County Airport (45%, 57 kilometers, southeast); Hopkins Field Airport (42%, 61 kilometers, northeast); and Canyonlands Field (13%, 133 kilometers, northwest).
Time zones for aiports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .