Average Weather in Fruita Colorado, United States
In Fruita, the summers are hot and mostly clear; the winters are short, freezing, and partly cloudy; and it is dry year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 19°F to 94°F and is rarely below 5°F or above 101°F.
Based on the tourism score, the best time of year to visit Fruita for warm-weather activities is from early June to mid September.
The hot season lasts for 3.5 months, from May 30 to September 14, with an average daily high temperature above 83°F. The hottest day of the year is July 8, with an average high of 94°F and low of 67°F.
The cold season lasts for 2.9 months, from November 23 to February 19, with an average daily high temperature below 48°F. The coldest day of the year is January 4, with an average low of 19°F and high of 37°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 Fruita, 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 Fruita begins around May 28 and lasts for 5.0 months, ending around October 28. 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 October 28 and lasts for 7.0 months, ending around May 28. On March 3, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 48% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 52% 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 Fruita varies throughout the year.
The wetter season lasts 10 months, from July 8 to May 24, with a greater than 14% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 20% on July 31.
The drier season lasts 1.5 months, from May 24 to July 8. The smallest chance of a wet day is 8% 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 throughout the year is rain alone, with a peak probability of 20% on July 31.
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. Fruita experiences some seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.
The rainy period of the year lasts for 10 months, from February 9 to December 9, with a sliding 31-day rainfall of at least 0.5 inches. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around September 30, with an average total accumulation of 1.2 inches.
The rainless period of the year lasts for 2.0 months, from December 9 to February 9. The least rain falls around January 16, with an average total accumulation of 0.4 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall
The sliding 31-day liquid-equivalent quantity of snowfall in Fruita 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
The length of the day in Fruita varies significantly over the course of the year. In 2018, the shortest day is December 21, with 9 hours, 25 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 21, with 14 hours, 56 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight
The earliest sunrise is at 5:48 AM on June 14, and the latest sunrise is 1 hour, 57 minutes later at 7:44 AM on November 3. The earliest sunset is at 4:51 PM on December 7, and the latest sunset is 3 hours, 53 minutes later at 8:45 PM on June 27.
Daylight saving time (DST) is observed in Fruita 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 Fruita, 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 Fruita experiences mild seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The windier part of the year lasts for 4.5 months, from February 21 to July 4, with average wind speeds of more than 7.5 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is April 11, with an average hourly wind speed of 8.7 miles per hour.
The calmer time of year lasts for 7.6 months, from July 4 to February 21. The calmest day of the year is August 11, with an average hourly wind speed of 6.3 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed
The predominant average hourly wind direction in Fruita varies throughout the year.
The wind is most often from the west for 2.6 weeks, from April 17 to May 5 and for 1.9 months, from June 5 to August 2, with a peak percentage of 37% on June 23. The wind is most often from the south for 1.0 months, from May 5 to June 5 and for 8.5 months, from August 2 to April 17, with a peak percentage of 37% on May 21.
Best Time of Year to Visit
To characterize how pleasant the weather is in Fruita 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 Fruita for general outdoor tourist activities is from early June to mid September, with a peak score in the third week of August.
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 Fruita 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 Fruita typically lasts for 6.4 months (196 days), from around April 13 to around October 27, rarely starting before March 24 or after May 5, and rarely ending before October 10 or after November 12.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season
Based on growing degree days alone, the first spring blooms in Fruita should appear around March 30, only rarely appearing before March 19 or after April 13.
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 2.7 months, from May 9 to July 31, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 7.2 kWh. The brightest day of the year is June 14, with an average of 8.4 kWh.
The darker period of the year lasts for 3.5 months, from November 1 to February 14, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 3.7 kWh. The darkest day of the year is December 22, with an average of 2.5 kWh.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Fruita are 39.159 deg latitude, -108.729 deg longitude, and 4,551 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Fruita contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 272 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 4,523 feet. Within 10 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (2,707 feet). Within 50 miles contains large variations in elevation (7,736 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Fruita is covered by cropland (37%), artificial surfaces (32%), and shrubs (30%), within 10 miles by shrubs (70%) and cropland (24%), and within 50 miles by shrubs (71%) and trees (24%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Fruita, 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 Fruita.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Fruita 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 Fruita is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Fruita and a given station.
The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Grand Junction Regional Airport (89%, 17 kilometers, east); Canyonlands Field (7%, 100 kilometers, southwest); and Vernal Regional Airport (3.7%, 158 kilometers, northwest).
Time zones for aiports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .