Average Weather in Walsenburg Colorado, United States
In Walsenburg, the summers are warm and mostly clear and the winters are very cold, snowy, windy, and partly cloudy. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 19°F to 86°F and is rarely below 5°F or above 93°F.
Based on the tourism score, the best time of year to visit Walsenburg for warm-weather activities is from mid June to early September.
The hot season lasts for 3.4 months, from June 4 to September 15, with an average daily high temperature above 77°F. The hottest day of the year is July 9, with an average high of 86°F and low of 59°F.
The cold season lasts for 3.2 months, from November 21 to February 27, with an average daily high temperature below 51°F. The coldest day of the year is December 30, with an average low of 19°F and high of 43°F.
Average High and Low Temperature
Average Hourly Temperature
In Walsenburg, the average percentage of the sky covered by clouds experiences mild seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The clearer part of the year in Walsenburg begins around August 21 and lasts for 2.6 months, ending around November 7. On October 2, 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 November 7 and lasts for 9.4 months, ending around August 21. On February 10, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 40% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 60% 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 Walsenburg varies significantly throughout the year.
The wetter season lasts 2.0 months, from July 5 to September 4, with a greater than 21% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 37% on August 4.
The drier season lasts 10 months, from September 4 to July 5. The smallest chance of a wet day is 6% on January 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 Walsenburg changes throughout the year.
Rain alone is the most common for 8.9 months, from February 26 to November 23. The highest chance of a day with rain alone is 37% on August 4.
Snow alone is the most common for 3.1 months, from November 23 to February 26. The highest chance of a day with snow alone is 6% on February 15.
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. Walsenburg experiences some seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.
The rainy period of the year lasts for 7.0 months, from March 24 to October 25, with a sliding 31-day rainfall of at least 0.5 inches. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around August 2, with an average total accumulation of 1.8 inches.
The rainless period of the year lasts for 5.0 months, from October 25 to March 24. The least rain falls around January 16, with an average total accumulation of 0.1 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. Walsenburg experiences some seasonal variation in monthly liquid-equivalent snowfall.
The snowy period of the year lasts for 6.6 months, from October 18 to May 5, with a sliding 31-day liquid-equivalent snowfall of at least 0.1 inches. The most snow falls during the 31 days centered around March 27, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 0.3 inches.
The snowless period of the year lasts for 5.4 months, from May 5 to October 18. The least snow falls around July 16, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 0.0 inches.
Average Liquid-Equivalent Monthly Snowfall
The length of the day in Walsenburg varies significantly over the course of the year. In 2017, the shortest day is December 21, with 9 hours, 34 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 20, with 14 hours, 46 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight
The earliest sunrise is at 5:37 AM on June 13, and the latest sunrise is 1 hour, 51 minutes later at 7:27 AM on November 4. The earliest sunset is at 4:40 PM on December 6, and the latest sunset is 3 hours, 44 minutes later at 8:24 PM on June 27.
Daylight saving time (DST) is observed in Walsenburg 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 Walsenburg, 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 Walsenburg experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The windier part of the year lasts for 7.4 months, from October 25 to June 8, with average wind speeds of more than 8.8 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is April 10, with an average hourly wind speed of 10.6 miles per hour.
The calmer time of year lasts for 4.5 months, from June 8 to October 25. The calmest day of the year is August 7, with an average hourly wind speed of 7.0 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed
The predominant average hourly wind direction in Walsenburg is from the west throughout the year.
Best Time of Year to Visit
To characterize how pleasant the weather is in Walsenburg 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 Walsenburg for general outdoor tourist activities is from mid June to early September, with a peak score in the first 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 Walsenburg for hot-weather activities is from late June to early August, with a peak score in the second week of July.
The growing season in Walsenburg typically lasts for 5.2 months (161 days), from around May 3 to around October 11, rarely starting before April 16 or after May 20, and rarely ending before September 22 or after October 29.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season
Based on growing degree days alone, the first spring blooms in Walsenburg should appear around April 1, only rarely appearing before March 17 or after April 20.
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 April 27 to July 27, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 7.1 kWh. The brightest day of the year is June 12, with an average of 8.2 kWh.
The darker period of the year lasts for 3.1 months, from November 4 to February 9, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 3.9 kWh. The darkest day of the year is December 20, with an average of 2.8 kWh.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Walsenburg are 37.624 deg latitude, -104.780 deg longitude, and 6,227 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Walsenburg contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 476 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 6,241 feet. Within 10 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (1,631 feet). Within 50 miles contains very significant variations in elevation (9,902 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Walsenburg is covered by shrubs (61%), grassland (22%), and artificial surfaces (12%), within 10 miles by grassland (52%) and shrubs (42%), and within 50 miles by shrubs (38%) and grassland (33%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Walsenburg, 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 Walsenburg.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Walsenburg 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 Walsenburg is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Walsenburg and a given station.
The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: La Veta Mountain, La Veta Pass (17%, 37 kilometers, west); Perry Stokes Airport (55%, 56 kilometers, southeast); and Pueblo Memorial Airport (28%, 78 kilometers, north).
Time zones for aiports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .