Average Weather in Steamboat Springs Colorado, United States
In Steamboat Springs, 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 8°F to 81°F and is rarely below -7°F or above 88°F.
Based on the tourism score, the best time of year to visit Steamboat Springs for warm-weather activities is from late June to mid August.
The warm season lasts for 3.4 months, from June 4 to September 17, with an average daily high temperature above 70°F. The hottest day of the year is July 19, with an average high of 81°F and low of 48°F.
The cold season lasts for 3.3 months, from November 22 to March 1, with an average daily high temperature below 38°F. The coldest day of the year is January 7, with an average low of 8°F and high of 28°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 Steamboat Springs, 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 Steamboat Springs begins around June 2 and lasts for 4.8 months, ending around October 28. On July 1, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 74% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 26% of the time.
The cloudier part of the year begins around October 28 and lasts for 7.1 months, ending around June 2. On March 4, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 53% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 47% 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 Steamboat Springs varies throughout the year.
The wetter season lasts 6.7 months, from November 6 to May 28, with a greater than 24% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 32% on May 1.
The drier season lasts 5.3 months, from May 28 to November 6. The smallest chance of a wet day is 16% on June 17.
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 Steamboat Springs changes throughout the year.
Rain alone is the most common for 6.6 months, from April 13 to October 31. The highest chance of a day with rain alone is 25% on May 17.
Snow alone is the most common for 4.0 months, from November 4 to March 7. The highest chance of a day with snow alone is 20% on December 29.
Mixed snow and rain is the most common for 1.3 months, from March 7 to April 13 and from October 31 to November 4. The highest chance of a day with mixed snow and rain is 14% on April 11.
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. Steamboat Springs experiences some seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.
The rainy period of the year lasts for 7.7 months, from March 23 to November 13, with a sliding 31-day rainfall of at least 0.5 inches. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around May 11, with an average total accumulation of 1.5 inches.
The rainless period of the year lasts for 4.3 months, from November 13 to March 23. The least rain falls around December 26, 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. Steamboat Springs experiences significant seasonal variation in monthly liquid-equivalent snowfall.
The snowy period of the year lasts for 7.7 months, from September 27 to May 18, 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 22, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 1.1 inches.
The snowless period of the year lasts for 4.3 months, from May 18 to September 27. The least snow falls around July 26, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 0.0 inches.
Average Liquid-Equivalent Monthly Snowfall
The length of the day in Steamboat Springs varies significantly over the course of the year. In 2017, the shortest day is December 21, with 9 hours, 17 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 20, with 15 hours, 4 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight
The earliest sunrise is at 5:36 AM on June 14, and the latest sunrise is 2 hours, 5 minutes later at 7:41 AM on November 4. The earliest sunset is at 4:40 PM on December 7, and the latest sunset is 4 hours, 1 minute later at 8:41 PM on June 27.
Daylight saving time (DST) is observed in Steamboat Springs 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
The perceived humidity level in Steamboat Springs, 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 Steamboat Springs experiences mild seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The windier part of the year lasts for 7.4 months, from October 9 to May 22, with average wind speeds of more than 5.1 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is April 4, with an average hourly wind speed of 6.1 miles per hour.
The calmer time of year lasts for 4.6 months, from May 22 to October 9. The calmest day of the year is July 29, with an average hourly wind speed of 4.0 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed
The predominant average hourly wind direction in Steamboat Springs is from the west throughout the year.
Best Time of Year to Visit
To characterize how pleasant the weather is in Steamboat Springs 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 Steamboat Springs for general outdoor tourist activities is from late June to mid 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 Steamboat Springs 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 Steamboat Springs typically lasts for 3.3 months (103 days), from around June 6 to around September 17, rarely starting before May 17 or after June 24, and rarely ending before September 1 or after October 2.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season
Based on growing degree days alone, the first spring blooms in Steamboat Springs should appear around May 12, only rarely appearing before April 29 or after May 26.
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 2.6 months, from May 16 to August 3, 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 8.2 kWh.
The darker period of the year lasts for 3.4 months, from November 1 to February 12, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 3.5 kWh. The darkest day of the year is December 21, with an average of 2.3 kWh.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Steamboat Springs are 40.485 deg latitude, -106.832 deg longitude, and 7,087 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Steamboat Springs contains very significant variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 1,575 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 7,027 feet. Within 10 miles contains very significant variations in elevation (4,485 feet). Within 50 miles also contains extreme variations in elevation (6,870 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Steamboat Springs is covered by shrubs (51%) and trees (41%), within 10 miles by trees (52%) and shrubs (36%), and within 50 miles by trees (50%) and shrubs (37%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Steamboat Springs, 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 Steamboat Springs.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Steamboat Springs 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 Steamboat Springs is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Steamboat Springs and a given station.
Time zones for aiports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .