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Climate and Average Weather Year Round 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.

Climate in Steamboat Springs

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Steamboat Springs weather by month. Click on each chart for more information.

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 month of the year in Steamboat Springs is July, with an average high of 81°F and low of 47°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 month of the year in Steamboat Springs is January, with an average low of 8°F and high of 29°F.

Average High and Low Temperature in Steamboat Springs

Average High and Low Temperature in Steamboat SpringswarmcoldcoldJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec-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 728°FJan 728°FJul 1981°FJul 1981°F8°F8°F48°F48°FJun 470°FJun 470°FSep 1770°FSep 1770°FNov 2238°FNov 2238°FMar 138°FMar 138°F39°F39°F39°F39°F17°F17°F16°F16°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 29°F34°F43°F53°F64°F75°F81°F79°F70°F57°F41°F30°F
Temp. 17°F21°F30°F39°F49°F58°F64°F62°F54°F42°F29°F19°F
Low 8°F12°F20°F28°F35°F42°F47°F46°F38°F29°F19°F10°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 Steamboat Springs

Average Hourly Temperature in Steamboat SpringsJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec12 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 AMNowNowfrigidfrigidfreezingfreezingvery coldvery coldcoldcoolcoolcomfortablewarm
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.

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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.

The clearest month of the year in Steamboat Springs is September, during which on average the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 72% of the time.

The cloudier part of the year begins around October 28 and lasts for 7.1 months, ending around June 2.

The cloudiest month of the year in Steamboat Springs is March, during which on average the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 52% of the time.

Cloud Cover Categories in Steamboat Springs

Cloud Cover Categories in Steamboat SpringsclearercloudiercloudierJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%Jul 174%Jul 174%Mar 447%Mar 447%Jun 260%Jun 260%Oct 2861%Oct 2861%NowNowclearmostly clearpartly cloudyovercast
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 47%52%52%50%46%31%29%31%28%35%44%47%
Clearer 53%48%48%50%54%69%71%69%72%65%56%53%

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 month with the most wet days in Steamboat Springs is April, with an average of 8.8 days with at least 0.04 inches of precipitation.

The drier season lasts 5.3 months, from May 28 to November 6. The month with the fewest wet days in Steamboat Springs is June, with an average of 5.4 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 Steamboat Springs changes throughout the year.

Rain alone is the most common for 6.6 months, from April 13 to October 31. The month with the most days of rain alone in Steamboat Springs is May, with an average of 7.3 days.

Snow alone is the most common for 4.0 months, from November 4 to March 7. The month with the most days of snow alone in Steamboat Springs is December, with an average of 5.5 days.

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 month with the most days of mixed snow and rain in Steamboat Springs is April, with an average of 3.6 days.

Daily Chance of Precipitation in Steamboat Springs

Daily Chance of Precipitation in Steamboat SpringssnowmixedrainsnowJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%0%10%10%20%20%30%30%40%40%50%50%60%60%70%70%80%80%90%90%100%100%May 132%May 132%Jun 1716%Jun 1716%Mar 720%Mar 720%Oct 3123%Oct 3123%Jan 123%Jan 123%NowNowsnowmixedrain
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 0.2d0.5d1.6d4.3d7.3d5.4d6.5d6.7d6.3d4.1d1.2d0.2d
Mixed 1.5d2.4d3.3d3.6d1.1d0.0d0.0d0.0d0.5d1.8d2.4d1.5d
Snow 5.0d3.5d2.5d1.0d0.1d0.0d0.0d0.0d0.1d1.0d3.6d5.5d
Any 6.7d6.4d7.3d8.8d8.5d5.4d6.5d6.7d6.8d6.9d7.2d7.2d

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 month with the most rain in Steamboat Springs is May, with an average rainfall of 1.5 inches.

The rainless period of the year lasts for 4.3 months, from November 13 to March 23. The month with the least rain in Steamboat Springs is December, with an average rainfall of 0.2 inches.

Average Monthly Rainfall in Steamboat Springs

Average Monthly Rainfall in Steamboat SpringsrainJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 in0 in2 in2 in4 in4 in6 in6 in8 in8 in10 in10 in12 in12 inMay 111.5 inMay 111.5 inDec 260.2 inDec 260.2 inSep 211.3 inSep 211.3 inJul 251.0 inJul 251.0 inMar 230.5 inMar 230.5 in
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 0.2″0.3″0.4″1.1″1.5″1.0″0.9″0.9″1.3″1.0″0.5″0.2″

Snowfall

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

The snowy period of the year lasts for 7.7 months, from September 27 to May 18, with a sliding 31-day snowfall of at least 1.0 inches. The month with the most snow in Steamboat Springs is December, with an average snowfall of 10.7 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 accumulation of 0.0 inches.

Average Monthly Snowfall in Steamboat Springs

Average Monthly Snowfall in Steamboat SpringssnowsnowJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 in0 in5 in5 in10 in10 in15 in15 in20 in20 inDec 2211.1 inDec 2211.1 inJul 260.0 inJul 260.0 inSep 271.0 inSep 271.0 inMay 181.0 inMay 181.0 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 9.7″8.6″7.3″5.7″1.2″0.0″0.0″0.0″0.4″3.3″8.6″10.7″

The length of the day in Steamboat Springs varies significantly over the course of the year. In 2022, the shortest day is December 21, with 9 hours, 17 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 21, with 15 hours, 4 minutes of daylight.

Hours of Daylight and Twilight in Steamboat Springs

Hours of Daylight and Twilight in Steamboat SpringsJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 hr24 hr4 hr20 hr8 hr16 hr12 hr12 hr16 hr8 hr20 hr4 hr24 hr0 hr12 hr, 6 minMar 2012 hr, 6 minMar 2015 hr, 4 minJun 2115 hr, 4 minJun 2112 hr, 9 minSep 2212 hr, 9 minSep 229 hr, 17 minDec 219 hr, 17 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 9.7h10.7h12.0h13.4h14.5h15.0h14.7h13.7h12.4h11.1h9.9h9.3h

The earliest sunrise is at 5:36 AM on June 14, and the latest sunrise is 2 hours, 6 minutes later at 7:42 AM on November 5. 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 2022, starting in the spring on March 13, lasting 7.8 months, and ending in the fall on November 6.

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time in Steamboat Springs

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time in Steamboat SpringsJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec12 AM2 AM4 AM6 AM8 AM10 AM12 PM2 PM4 PM6 PM8 PM10 PM12 AMJun 145:36 AMJun 145:36 AM8:41 PMJun 278:41 PMJun 27Dec 74:40 PMDec 74:40 PM7:42 AMNov 57:42 AMNov 5Mar 13DSTMar 13DSTDSTNov 6DSTNov 6daynightnightnightnightSolarMidnightSolarMidnightSolarNoonSunriseSunset
The solar day over the course of the year 2022. 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 Steamboat Springs

Solar Elevation and Azimuth in Steamboat SpringsJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec12 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 AM00010101010202020303030404040505060607000010101020202020303040405050602673NowNow
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Solar elevation and azimuth over the course of the year 2022. 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 2022. 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 Steamboat Springs

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 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 in Steamboat Springs

Humidity Comfort Levels in Steamboat SpringsJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%0%10%10%20%20%30%30%40%40%50%50%60%60%70%70%80%80%90%90%100%100%Jul 30%Jul 30%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 0.0d0.0d0.0d0.0d0.0d0.0d0.0d0.0d0.0d0.0d0.0d0.0d

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 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 month of the year in Steamboat Springs is April, with an average hourly wind speed of 5.9 miles per hour.

The calmer time of year lasts for 4.6 months, from May 22 to October 9. The calmest month of the year in Steamboat Springs is August, with an average hourly wind speed of 4.1 miles per hour.

Average Wind Speed in Steamboat Springs

Average Wind Speed in Steamboat SpringswindywindyJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 mph0 mph1 mph1 mph2 mph2 mph3 mph3 mph4 mph4 mph5 mph5 mph6 mph6 mph7 mph7 mph8 mph8 mph9 mph9 mph10 mph10 mphApr 46.1 mphApr 46.1 mphJul 294.0 mphJul 294.0 mphOct 95.1 mphOct 95.1 mphMay 225.1 mphMay 225.1 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) 5.95.95.95.95.24.84.14.14.75.25.65.8

The predominant average hourly wind direction in Steamboat Springs is from the west throughout the year.

Wind Direction in Steamboat Springs

Wind Direction in Steamboat SpringsJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%20%80%40%60%60%40%80%20%100%0%NowNowwestsoutheastnorth
northeastsouthwest
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 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.

Tourism Score in Steamboat Springs

Tourism Score in Steamboat Springsbest timeJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec002244668810105.05.00.00.0NowNowprecipitationprecipitationcloudscloudstemperaturetemperature tourism 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 Steamboat Springs for hot-weather activities is from late June to mid August, with a peak score in the third week of July.

Beach/Pool Score in Steamboat Springs

Beach/Pool Score in Steamboat SpringsJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec002244668810102.82.80.00.0NowNowprecipitationprecipitationcloudscloudstemperaturetemperature beach/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 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 in Steamboat Springs

Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in Steamboat SpringsJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%Jun 650%Jun 650%Sep 1750%Sep 1750%Jun 2490%Jun 2490%Sep 190%Sep 190%May 1710%May 1710%Oct 210%Oct 210%0%Nov 250%Nov 25Jul 28100%Jul 28100%frigidfreezingcoldcoolcomfortablevery coldwarmhot
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 Steamboat Springs should appear around May 11, only rarely appearing before April 28 or after May 25.

Growing Degree Days in Steamboat Springs

Growing Degree Days in Steamboat SpringsJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0°F0°F200°F200°F400°F400°F600°F600°F800°F800°F1,000°F1,000°F1,200°F1,200°F1,400°F1,400°F1,600°F1,600°F1,800°F1,800°FMay 1190°FMay 1190°FJul 28900°FJul 28900°FDec 311,636°FDec 311,636°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 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 month of the year in Steamboat Springs is June, with an average of 8.1 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 month of the year in Steamboat Springs is December, with an average of 2.3 kWh.

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in Steamboat Springs

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in Steamboat SpringsbrightdarkdarkJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 kWh0 kWh1 kWh1 kWh2 kWh2 kWh3 kWh3 kWh4 kWh4 kWh5 kWh5 kWh6 kWh6 kWh7 kWh7 kWh8 kWh8 kWh9 kWh9 kWh10 kWh10 kWhJun 198.2 kWhJun 198.2 kWhDec 212.3 kWhDec 212.3 kWhAug 37.1 kWhAug 37.1 kWhFeb 123.5 kWhFeb 123.5 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) 2.73.75.06.17.18.17.66.65.64.22.92.3

For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Steamboat Springs are 40.485 deg latitude, -106.832 deg longitude, and 6,729 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.

The stations contributing to this reconstruction are:

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

Disclaimer

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.

We further caution that our travel scores are only as good as the data that underpin them, that weather conditions at any given location and time are unpredictable and variable, and that the definition of the scores reflects a particular set of preferences that may not agree with those of any particular reader.

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